Roddy White was the lone Falcon on the list for ESPN. Atlanta fans would say he was a star in 2008, but the list implies on a broader, more national scale. The collection of guys are known in their local markets quite a bit, but not by the casual football fan. Other notables on the list include former Falcon Matt Schaub, John Carlson of Seattle, and Chris Johnson of Tennessee.
Fantasy football players already know about all the offensive guys on the list because part of the game is knowing most of the offensive players in the NFL. For the sake of the blog, I will focus on Roddy White.
White was key to the success of Matt Ryan in 2008 and caught more of his team’s passes than any other receiver in the NFL. Just put on the tape of the playoff game against Arizona to see how much Ryan looks for White. He had a similiar season in 2007 with Joey Harrington and Chris Redman throwing him passes – that’s how good he’s become. In 2009, it will be even more difficult to stop White in the Atlanta offense with Tony Gonzalez added to a group of Michael Turner, Jerious Norwood, Michael Jenkins and Harry Douglas. Good luck, defensive coordinators.