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By Michael Blunda

If you had to pick one wide receiver to put in your fantasy lineup with the game on the line, who would it be? Andre Johnson is the first one who comes to mind, and guys like Miles Austin or Reggie Wayne wouldn't be bad choices, either. But right now, there's not a wideout in the league who looks better — or more dependable — than Roddy White.

White's talents were on full display in the Falcons' win Sunday over the Bengals, as the sixth-year player caught 11 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. With no other Atlanta receiver accounting for more than 27 yards, White carried the passing attack in the 39-32 triumph.

While many of fantasy's other top wideouts have been up and down this season, White has been a consistent presence for his owners. He has had at least five receptions in every game, already has four 100-yard outings, has caught five scores and is gaining 106.7 yards per game. His 54-747-5 stat line has him on track for 123 grabs, 1,707 yards and 11 TDs.

It's not like White came out of nowhere — he has been a fantasy star since breaking out in 2007. But this season, he has seemed to put it all together. Even though defenses know he's going to be the guy QB Matt Ryan targets in key situations, they can't do anything to stop him. Whether it's beating his man deep or shielding him for a tough catch in the red zone, White has done it all.

White might not finish 2010 as fantasy's No. 1 receiver, but from week to week, he is about as reliable a wideout as there is today. Players like Johnson and Austin might have more overall upside, but they can lay an egg from time to time. That's just something White hasn't done this season.

Considering the Falcons' favorable schedule over the season's final month, Atlanta's top wideout almost certainly will decide quite a few fantasy championships. If you have a chance to get him on your squad before then, it's a move you won't regret.

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