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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT DEBATE: ANDRE JOHNSON/RODDY WHITE WR


In this new age of passing dominance in the NFL, we have seen an increase in value in fantasy football of QB's and the receivers they throw it to.  The proliferation of committee running backs has lessened the need to use your top pick on a runner since the depth has expanded so much and so we have seen fantasy football owners turn to the passing game during the latter portion of round 1 of their draft.  Two guys who stand to benefit from this are wide receivers Andre Johnson and Roddy White who will be the first two wide receivers in almost all fantasy football drafts this season.  Johnson was the only wideout taken in the majority of first rounds last season but White joins him this season after a ridiculously good 2010 campaign.  So as drafts continue to take place daily, lets break it down and determine who should be picked ahead of the other by comparing them to the key fantasy football scoring categories.

Catches:  White won this one easily last season as he caught a career-high 115 passes while Johnson hauled in 86.  The thing that needs to be noted is that Johnson missed three game with a bum ankle and so he likely would have been right with White if he didnt get injured.  Plus Johnson has 3 seasons of catching over 100 passes while White's 115 last season was the first time he crossed that number in his career.  In fact before 2010, White was a mid-80 catch receiver so Johnson has the better track record.  Also Johnson doesnt have the competition for catches that White has as rookie Julio Jones is lighting things up in camp and figures to cut into his total this season.
Advantage:  Andre Johnson

Touchdowns: Amazingly, Johnson has never hit double-digits in receiving TD's. White on the other hand has gone for 10 and 11 the last two season so even though Johnson wont be very far behind, White hs proven he can get into the end zone on a more frequent basis than Johnson thoughout their careers.
Advantage: Roddy White

Yards:  Johnson was only 15 yards behind White last season even though he missed those three games.  He has two seasons of over 1,500 yards which is tremendous for a receiver.  White once again could see his number dip some with Jones on the field.
Advantage:  Andre Johnson

Final Verdict:  Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson has proven himself to be the man at receiver and even though White is not far behind, he makes for the more stable choice due to the fact he remains the top dog in his offense with not as much competition for balls than does White this season.  It will be very close in the end but Johnson should once again hold his spot as the top receiver in fantasy football.

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