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Atlanta Falcons

BREAKOUT - Roddy White

This was a tough decision, trying to decide between Roddy White and Jerious Norwood, but I'm going to go with White because I think he will get more opportunities than Norwood. (Jerious Norwood will be splitting carries)

White is entering that golden 3rd year for wide receivers, and for the first time in his short career he finally has a dependable veteran to play opposite him (Joe Horn). While it might seem that adding a 35 year old receiver coming off two consecutive injury-shortened season s might not mean much, Joe Horn still has some left in the tank and he will certainly help the Falcon's passing game. Horn not only should be able to teach White how to develop into a better receiver, learning the in's & out's of the position, but he should also provide Vick with a dependable WR that he can look for in critical situations. If Vick feels comf0rtable with his receivers, he might not feel the need to take off and run every play, which in itself should provide White with more chances to be productive.

Also, over the final 7 games, White had 3 games with over 90 games and averaged 22 yards per catch in that span.

Putting everything together, I could see him putting up 800+ yards and 7+ TDs which should make him a very good flex WR or good WR2 in deeper leagues

BUST - Warrick Dunn

Warrick Dunn has defied critics his entire career. Early in his career, he was told he was too small to handle the pounding of an every-down back, but he proved the critics wrong by rushing for 9,500 yards in his career: good for 22nd best all-time. Then a few years ago, he was said to be getting to old, and he again proved the doubters wrong by posting 3 straight 1,100 yard rushing seasons.

But now comes another challenge for Dunn to overcome in the form or 2006 3rd round pick, Jerious Norwood. As a rookie, Norwood rushed for 630 yards in limited actions and scored a couple of touchdowns, and over the final 5 weeks Norwood averaged 9 carries per game.

With Dunn getting up there in age, and Norwood gaining more experience, you can expect Dunn to lose more and more carries which severely hurts his fantasy value.

MR DEPENDABLE - Alge Crumpler

With all the problems that have plagued the Atlanta Falcons' in the passing game, the one constant has been the performance of Alge Crumpler. Over the past 3 seasons, the all-pro Tight End has averaged over 800 yards and 7 TDs per season while averaging an amazing (for TE's) 14.5 YPC, which puts him right up there with the top 2nd teir TEs (after Gates/Gonzo). Crumpler is a great option as a TE1 in any league.

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June 21, 2007

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FanProphet said... Jun 21, 2007, 12:37:00 PM

Yeah, 'Crump' is the only consistent weapon in their dreaded passing attack. But, I will say, if Mike Vick is suspended, this passing game could improve.


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