PFW news on the Falcons, Colts, Bills and Titans, plus the latest Fantasy Buzz.

The Way We Hear It

Heading into this season, Falcons WR Roddy White faced the burden of proving his performance in 2007 was no fluke. After trying the “first-round bust” label on for size in his first two seasons, White exploded for 1,202 receiving yards and six TDs in '07, which were more than he had in his first two seasons combined. Sources say he dealt with motivational issues early in his career and also struggled with dropped passes, but it seems like he has put those problems behind him for good. Close observers of the club told PFW that opposing defenses are finally taking note. Until recently, defenses had not been tweaking coverage to put more emphasis on shutting down White. Most of the time, stopping RB Michael Turner was the top priority. White’s strong connection with Matt Ryan is forcing the opposition to rethink that strategy and it’s helping Atlanta establish more balance on offense.

NFL Whispers

COLTS: There’s a growing sentiment around Indianapolis that WR Marvin Harrison will be given his walking papers in the offseason. The Colts’ perennial Pro Bowler simply hasn’t been the same explosive force since coming back from his bursa sac (knee) problems of 2007, and we hear the club will be reluctant to shell out the more than $13 million he’s due in 2009. Also, the pending litigation over his alleged involvement in an April shooting in his hometown of Philadelphia could prove embarrassing to the organization. The problem with cutting him is the Colts’ lack of an established third receiver who could be plugged into coordinator Tom Moore’s spread offense.

BILLS: A Bills passing attack on the cusp of becoming lethal has been held back by the slow development of rookie WR James Hardy. The touted newcomer from Indiana was expected to break into the starting lineup immediately, but he hasn’t shown enough polish to become even the consistent red-zone threat that most figured the 6-foot-5 22-year-old would be.

TITANS: One of the unsung heroes in the success of the Titans’ offensive line, the way we hear it, is ORT David Stewart, who is having a terrific season. Signed to a contract extension in the offseason, Stewart’s play is evoking memories of Jon Runyan in Tennessee, according to a source close to the club.

The Fantasy Buzz

Many fantasy players who owned Rams QB Marc Bulger gave up on him many weeks ago. But since Jim Haslett has taken over as coach and rookie WR Donnie Avery has emerged as a go-to target, Bulger suddenly looks like a viable fantasy option again. He had his first 300-yard outing of the season Sunday at New England, and his schedule in the second half of ’08 couldn’t be much more favorable. Stash him on your bench now and hope he keeps the success going.

Following his ridiculous outings in Weeks Three and Five, Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown has been in a funk recently. He has rushed for just 120 yards and one TD in his last three games, and some owners might be getting frustrated with him. However, with a slew of soft defenses left on his schedule, Brown could be set to go off again very soon. Take a stab at getting him now before he gets on another hot streak.

Injuries have left the Patriots’ backfield in absolute shambles, with Kevin Faulk and rookie BenJarvus Green-Ellis the only rushers still standing. Faulk had the better day of the two in Sunday’s victory, gaining 107 yards from scrimmage and scoring once, and he looks like the safer fantasy play going forward. With the Colts on the docket this week, Faulk is definitely worth adding until more is known about the status of Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan.

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