Roddy White Injury: Atlanta Falcons WR a Smart Fantasy Football Play vs. Eagles?

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 27:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons celerbates his touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a pre-season game on August 27, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons return home after taking a beating against the Chicago Bears on opening day with a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

While all eyes will be on Michael Vick and his return to Atlanta, there is an intriguing matchup for fantasy owners on the outside.

There is no doubt that Nnamdi Asomugha will be matched up with Roddy White this weekend in Atlanta despite his preference to stick to one side of the field.

White is too valuable and too important to the Falcons offense for the Eagles not to put their best cover man on him on every snap. Asomugha however showed last week that he is not an unbeatable cornerback.

Maybe he underestimated the Rams and there were motivation issues that shouldn't be there this week, but when it comes down to it Nnamdi Asomugha struggled with Brandon Gibson of the Rams last week.

Gibson finished the game with three receptions for 51 yards. While that is not a stellar stat line, Gibson did show that he could repeatedly get free against Asomugha. Gibson is a receiver on the verge of breaking out but he is nowhere near as good as White at this point in his career.

Gibson beat Asomugha deep down the sideline by simply shuffling his feet and outpacing him while also turning him inside out in the end zone to force a pass interference call on the former Raider. The unwelcome truth is that Asomugha may not be what was advertised anymore.

Very few quarterbacks ever bothered to look his way during his last few seasons in Oakland. Asomugha's reputation created so much fear in the opposing offense that he could have easily lost a step and not been found out.

Matt Ryan will definitely find out if the now 30-year-old cornerback is as good as his contract asks him to be. Despite the addition of Julio Jones, Ryan will always look to Roddy White first and look to get him the ball.

White and Ryan have a proven connection and the wideout's assured hands will always make him a big piece of the Falcons offense. With his upper body strength he has a physical matchup advantage over Asomugha providing he can use it properly.

Roddy White as a fantasy football option is definitely going to be starting for your team. He is too talented to sit on the bench even if he is going against a premiere cornerback.