2011 NFL Fantasy Preview: Roddy White Is Only Going to Get Better
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Roddy White was a man on a mission to start the 2010 season.
With big things predicted for the Atlanta Falcons and their No. 2 wide receiver (the unimpressive Michael Jenkins) out for at least the first month of the season, Roddy knew he would have to step up his game if Atlanta was to compete in the NFC South; and rise to the challenge he did.
In the time Jenkins missed, Roddy would tally either 100 yards receiving or catch a touchdown during each of those five games (12.9 fantasy points/game) as the Falcons went on to put up a nifty 4-1 record during that stretch. From there, the corn-rowed Mr. White would go on to average 7.8 catches on 11.7 targets for 103.8 yards a game over the first ten weeks of the season (nine games, one bye week), all of which him ranked in the top two for each category at the time.
The following four weeks saw Roddy fall into a bit of a lull, but in true superstar fashion, he responded by nabbing a TD in each of Atlanta’s final three games of the year as the 13-3 Falcons ended up besting the defending Super Bowl champion Saints for the NFC South divisional title.
When the 2010 season came to a close, the 6’0”, 212-pound former first-round pick had set personal records in receptions (115), receiving yards (1,389), fantasy points (199.2) and fantasy points/game (12.5) while chalking up yet another full, injury-free season (he has yet to miss a game in his career.) Not that he didn't experience his share of bumps and bruises along the way, but Roddy knew how important he was not only to the Atlanta Falcons, but to his millions of fantasy owners as well.
Mr. White's dedication and drive to succeed has him looking at a brilliant future in both the real and fantasy worlds of the NFL. Being just 29 years of age and having one of the league's best up-and-coming quarterbacks, Matt Ryan, throwing him the ball, his outlook looks even brighter.
So when the time comes to nail down a No. 1 WR in your 2011 fantasy draft, have fun watching the look of envy creep curtly onto your opponents faces as you confidently utter Roddy White's name.
2011 Pros & Cons
(+) Roddy hasn’t missed a game in his entire career (Reggie Wayne is the only other receiver as reliable)
(+) Even though Roddy got the contract he was looking for in 2009, he still delivered the goods
(+) He’s a great red-zone option and saw the most targets in the NFL with 179 in 16 games
(+) With his first Pro-Bowl under his belt, Matty Ice has become one of the most consistent QBs in the NFL
(+) Michael Turner played a full season, but Roddy still rocked despite a slight re-focus on the running game
(+) Roddy has proven that he can win you a fantasy week alone at any time
(–) Turner and Gonzo still score a lot of touchdowns, so don’t expect him to lead the league in this category (career high is 11 TDs)
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