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2013 Team Outlook: Atlanta Falcons

A fantasy football preview of the Atlanta Falcons this season. Profiled players include Matt Ryan, Dominique Davis, Jacquizz Rodgers, Steven Jackson, and Jason Snelling.

UPDATE (10/21): White begrudgingly rested in Week 7. Injuries to his ankle and hamstring finally caught up to the former UAB wideout. This caused him to miss a game for the first time ever in his career, ending his streak of consecutive games played. Once he returns to the starting lineup, fantasy owners should give him a shot to start as well.

It's not everyday that a team can be so prolific in their passing game as to support two Top 10 fantasy wide receivers. In some games, Roddy White will be the star of the show and in some other, he will step aside for Julio Jones or maybe even Tony Gonzalez. That's the rub with White. On the bright side, he has been one of the most consistently dominant and durable receivers in the last decade. He has never missed a game, and White has at least 83 receptions, 1,150 yards and six touchdowns in each of the last six seasons. The nine-year vet did see a big drop in his targets from 2011 to 2012 because of Jones, but the Falcons throw the ball enough where that shouldn't devalue White significantly.

UPDATE (10/21): With so many injuries up ahead of him on the depth chart, Douglas had an excellent game last week. He hauled in seven passes for 149 yards and a TD. Since Julio Jones is out for the season, Douglas is probably worth a roster spot in deeper formats. If White is also out in any given week, Douglas can be a legit WR2 for your fantasy squad.

Every offseason, a wide receiver receives an inordinate amount of attention as a potential breakout star despite having accomplished little to nothing to merit such praise. That has been Harry Douglas for multiple years. Julio Jones makes Douglas' ascension into fantasy relevance very unlikely. He has never caught more than 40 passes or gained more than 500 receiving yards. He's a good, young player, but there just isn't enough offense to go around for him with Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez hogging all the points.

If Drew Davis can push Harry Douglas for that No. 3 receiver spot on the depth chart, he becomes very relevant in dynasty leagues. This offseason will be key for this second-year receiver from the University of Oregon. If he does remain at WR4, he has no immediate fantasy value.

The Falcons were wise to plan ahead for Tony Gonzalez's retirement, even if he decides to come back again next year. Levine Toilolo is a massive prospect standing 6'8" and weighing 265 pounds. The guy could become a red zone matchup nightmare for opposing offenses if he is able to improve his route running and properly utilize his crazy frame. This Stanford alum is a stash-and-grab dynasty pick.

Chase Coffman was never really brought on to be the eventual successor to Tony Gonzalez. He's a solid blocker with a big frame and so-so athleticism. He's an in-line blocker and not much else. New rookie Levine Toilolo could be the future.

How about one for the road? Tony Gonzalez is back again and really, he played too well to retire in 2012. The Falcons were very close to reaching the Super Bowl and expectations are championship-caliber once again. Gonzalez may not be much of an after-the-catch threat with the ball in his hands, but he certainly sees plenty of targets and receptions. Gonzo is a sure thing at a position that is lacking in that department. There will be high upside options available later in the draft and a bevy of sleepers; however this future Hall of Famer is a lock to be your starter all year long.