[caption id="attachment_17549" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Curtis Comption / AJC.com[/caption] The Atlanta Falcons boast one of the best wide receiver tandems in the NFL. Both Roddy White and Julio Jones are legitimate #1 receivers in fantasy this year. Julio Jones typifies the modern NFL receiver. Standing at 6 foot 3 and weighing 220 pounds, he is a massive target with the ability to go deep. Don't forget he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.39 seconds at the 2011 NFL combine - very quick for a receiver of his size. He proved his big play ability last season, gaining 959 yards on 54 receptions, 8 of them being touchdowns and a whopping 17.8 yards per catch over the span of 13 games. If he remains healthy for all 16 games this season, there’s no doubt he has the potential to be a top five fantasy receiver. Roddy White has been consistently good for fantasy owners for the past five seasons. Since 2007, he has never posted under 1153 yards or less than 83 catches in a season. He caught a massive 100 passes last year and has been the most targeted receiver in the NFL over the past two seasons. On the downside he had the most drops in the league last year with 14. Despite that, it’s hard to believe that he will be anything less than a 1100 yard, 8 TD receiver this year and will be taken during the second round of most fantasy drafts. New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter ran a very effective offense in his first four years (2007-10) with the Jaguars. Despite a poor showing in his final season in Jacksonville, Matt Ryan isn’t Blaine Gabbert and you can expect the same sort of performance the Falcons had last season. Julio Jones’ stock has shot up over the past few weeks and in many drafts he will be taken before Roddy White. There’s no argument that they are both worth a second round pick, but which one should go first? For me, Roddy White is the safer way to go and here’s why.
- For the past 2 seasons, Roddy White has been the most targeted receiver in the NFL.
- Roddy White had the most red zone targets in the NFL last season with 29.
- Roddy White has never missed a game in his 7 year career.