The closest Falcon in terms of receiving yards was wide receiver Drew Davis, who picked up 36 yards on his touchdown catch in the first quarter. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers and tight end Tony Gonzalez tied for second in receptions with three.
Unlike last week, when he made a handful of acrobatic grabs, White stayed mostly underneath in this one. Only one of his catches went for more than 10 yards, and it was on the final drive, when the team was frantically trying to position itself for a field goal.
The Falcons host the Redskins in Week 15.
After being limited by ankle and hamstring injuries all season,
The Falcons travel to Green Bay in Week 14, where they'll take on a defense that ranks 22nd against the pass, allowing 250.5 yards per game. The Packers have given up the seventh-most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season. They gave up six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown to Calvin Johnson in Week 13 and eight catches for 110 yards to Victor Cruz in Week 11. They played the Vikings in between, so you wouldn't have expected them to give up big numbers to a wide receiver in that one.
White says his ankle is still less than 100 percent, but he was clearly a different player in Week 13, converting 10 of his 14 targets and making several acrobatic catches. Yes, he'll still have to contend with Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez for looks, but of the three, he has the longest track record with Ryan. At the very least, he's worth a second look as a flex option this week.
"My ankle is still bothering me, but I'm a football player," White said, per ESPN. "That's what they pay me to do: play football. And that's what I've been doing my whole life. That's all I know how to do. So I'm going to get myself out there and fight with my teammates every week, if I can. If I feel like I can go out there and be productive, I'm going to go out there and help my team win."
White suffered a high-ankle sprain in the preseason and said he hasn't gotten the chance to let the injury heal.
"Nah, I didn't think I was going to be healed by now," White said. "I dealt with this my rookie year. And with these kinds of things, you need a break. You need maybe two months of not doing anything so your body naturally heals itself. Then you feel like you can go 100 percent."
White caught 10 balls for 143 yards. Both figures represent a season-high for White, who has been limited by injuries throughout the year. White’s previous season-high was four catches and 45 yards in a game against the Jets. Despite receiving one fewer target than Harry Douglas, White did the most with his chances, leading the club in receiving. Matt Ryan only tossed one touchdown, so White was held out of the end zone Week 13.
White will take on the Packers Week 14.
Buffalo has had an awful pass defense this season, allowing wide receivers to score 27.73 Fantasy points per game. Through 11 games, the team has allowed 22 passing touchdowns. They've allowed seven wide receivers to break 100 receiving yards in a game this season. After allowing 11 passing touchdowns from Week 6 to Week 8, the team has settled in as of late, allowing just two passing touchdowns in the last three games.
White may not be the best candidate to take advantage of the Bills poor defense. Injuries have limited White all season. Though he's now healthy, White still hasn't been able to break 50 receiving yards in a single game. Harry Douglas has emerged as a more consistent target for Matt Ryan lately, and he could be the better play against the Bills.
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