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NFC South Fantasy Breakdown







Atlanta

Falcons

QB: Matt Ryan

Ryan is a sleeper going into this year. Last year, owners overdrafted him, but he’s still a high-end QB2 in my opinion. Maybe this year he takes the leap, though. Having a healthy, fit Michael Turner will certainly help.

RB: Michael Turner, Jason Snelling

Turner looks great this year. He’s slimmer and quicker, and people are noticing. If he falls to you at the end of Round 1, pounce. Snelling is Turner-Lite. If Turner goes down again, it’ll be Snelling who reaps the benefits.

WR: Roddy White

White is probably the only Falcon wide receiver you want. The others are too inconsistent. White, however, is a stud, and should be a top 10 wide receiver once again. He’s Ryan’s favorite target.

TE: Tony Gonzalez

Gonzalez seemed to fit in pretty well last year, huh? Ryan certainly thought so. Gonzalez is still one of the best tight ends in the game, and will justify his top-five tight end, sixth-round draft spot.



Carolina

Panthers

QB: Matt Moore

I have no idea what to make of

Moore
. In action last year, he performed admirably, putting up double-digit points in each of his four starts. But at the end of the day, this is a running team, and with good reason.

RB: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart

The most terrifying runningback tandem in the league. Williams is a stud, who answered his 2008 campaign with a solid start in 2009 before getting hurt. He was a menace when healthy, though. Stewart is the most capable backup in the league, and filled in nicely once Williams was shut down. The strange thing is that both actually play just fine when splitting the carries between them. In all likelihood, they split carries again, each surpassing 1,000 yards and scoring close to 10 times apiece.

WR: Steve Smith

Smith is the only wideout you want from the Panthers. He’s small, but is tougher than anyone else on the field. He’ll go up and get it, he’ll outrun you, he’ll outfight you. His production with

Moore
actually went up once Jake Delhomme took a seat last year, so don’t think for a second that he won’t get his numbers.

TE: None



New Orleans

Saints

QB: Drew Brees

He was amazing again last year, and he’s going in the first round in most drafts. He’ll put up great numbers once again behind one of the most potent offensive attacks in the league. If he’s there in the backend of round 1, grab him.

RB: Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush

Thomas was the key to the Saints attack last year. Yes, Brees had an amazing year, but he’d done that before. Thomas put up solid numbers behind the scenes and was able to stay under the radar. He’s going late in the fourth round. If you can get him there as an RB2 after loading up elsewhere, or even better as an RB3, you’ll be set. Bush is fine, but is very hit or miss. Not my cup of tea, since he’s inconsistent and an injury risk.

WR: Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem

Colston is the No. 1 receiver in this group, but Brees really spreads the ball around. In other offenses, Colston might actually be more valuable. But, he’ll still provide the most value here, followed by Henderson and Meachem who each performed very well last season. Each should do similar to what they did last year, and Brees should be throwing a lot.

TE: Jeremy Shockey

Not a big Shockey guy. He has the skills, but he’s an injury risk and the ball is spread around too much to make him all that valuable. He scored three touchdowns last year, and two of them came in Week 1 against

Detroit
.



Tampa


Bay

Buccaneers

QB: Josh Freeman

Don’t put yourself in this position. He might be good one day, but that day is not today.

RB: Carnell Williams, Derrick Ward

What a mess. Williams and Ward will split carries, as Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris “rides the hot hand.” Terrible. Neither guy is all that useful, but once the first 10 rounds have gone by and you’re looking for depth, they’re reasonable.

WR: Michael Clayton, Mike Williams

When Freeman is throwing you the ball, you’re already at a disadvantage. Clayton and Williams have athletic gifts, and we all know they’ll be down a lot, but I wouldn’t want to have to count on either one.

TE: Kellen Winslow

He’s a soldier! Winslow is still a top 10 tight end, but he’s always hurt. Not sure how much you can trust him, but in the 10th round, he’s a decent value.

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