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When it comes to deciding which Atlanta Falcons wide receiver to choose in fantasy football drafts, there really is no way to go wrong. Although Roddy White finished seventh among all fantasy football receivers in 2011 with 177.60 points, Julio Jones wasn’t far behind, totaling 147.50 points of his own. Heading into 2012, both players are projected to finish in the top 10, but this time it will be the youngster who becomes quarterback Matt Ryan’s top target.
If the preseason action is any indication, the projections will hold true. In two games, the Alabama product has nine receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown. In comparison, White has seven receptions for 100 yards and has yet to see the end zone. For owners who miss out on Jones, no tears should be shed if White is the one you wind up selecting. With the decline of Michael Turner and expectations that the Falcons will be content slinging the pigskin around the field, there will be plenty of love to go around. Consider the fact that in two preseason contests, the Falcons have passed the ball 100 times compared to running just 39 times. It’s a quarterback-driven league, and the team has bought in fully.
To make matters even more appealing, the Falcons’ receivers face the 10th easiest strength of schedule in 2012. For a team which finished eighth in passing offense and seventh in scoring last season, the matchups will be music to their ears. For owners picking at the bottom of the first round, selecting the duo with the first two picks won’t seem as crazy as it would have just a few years ago. With the elite quarterbacks and running backs likely gone by the time it gets to you, drafting two elite pass-catchers will ensure your team is competitive, even if they are on the same team. Just be sure to fill out your roster with some able bodies capable of holding down the fort during their bye-week.
-Adrian Mojica (@FFFdaily)