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Breaking Down the Fantasy Matchups for Sundays Falcons-Raiders Matchup

Falcons WR Roddy White vs. Raiders CB DeAngelo Hall

If the first seven games are any indication, the Falcons will look to get their best receiver away from cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha – which puts Hall in a position to make plays against his former team. Hall is coming off his two best games of the season, with tight coverage and seven passes defensed. He will be fired up for this old practice matchup. Raiders head coach Tom Cable remembers that, when he was an assistant in Atlanta, White was prone to drop passes; now he says he now catches everything in sight. Early in his career, White went up against Hall daily. Their battles were always good and hard fought. Once White stopped dropping passes, the battles became more spirited. Look for Hall to try to jam White and talk him off his game. White has the same number of catches (43) as the Raiders’ entire corps of wide receivers.

Raiders TE Zach Miller vs. Falcons SS Lawyer Milloy

In the third game of the season, Miller was blanked for only the second time in 19 games as a professional. Since then, the receptions have returned, and Miller’s yardage is way up. Instead of the shallow block-and-catch receiving he often did as a rookie, Miller is getting downfield – he’s averaging 18.1 yards per reception over his last four games. Milloy remains a physical presence and is strong in the box, but he can be beaten over the top by the very routes Miller has run in recent games.

Falcons RB Jerious Norwood vs. Raiders LB Thomas Howard

Norwood, the Falcons’ second leading receiver with 17 receptions, is developing into a major threat on third downs. He made a spectacular catch deep last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He is averaging more than six yards per carry. Howard, a third-year man from the University of Texas-El Paso, has the speed to at least stay in Norwood’s neighborhood and a penchant for the interception. Last season he had six interceptions for 172 yards, including two touchdown returns.

Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell vs. Falcons FS Erik Coleman

The Raiders’ quarterback of the present and future threw the ball 33 times last week against the Baltimore Ravens after Oakland fell behind early. He passed for 228 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Coleman will be in charge of setting up the Falcons’ zones and making sure the corners have help over the top. They’ll just drop back and see if Russell has figured out where to throw the ball. Russell has had an easier time doing so at home.

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