Nate Burleson | Detroit Lions | WR
Height: 6-0 Weight: 198 | Born: 8/19/1981
2013 Experience: 11th season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: A season-ending leg injury seemed to mark the end of Burleson’s time in Detriot, last year. Then Ryan Broyles suffered another ACL injury and Titus Young went mental and was released from the team.
The Lions really haven’t brought in any serious competition for Burleson and the veteran does have good chemistry with Matthew Stafford, so expect him to be the No.2 starting receiver opposite Calvin Johnson. I like Burleson as a late round pick in PPR leagues to use as a matchup play option for at least the first half of the season, until Broyles comes all the way back.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
The window may have already closed on Nate Burleson’s chances to be a worthy hold in fantasy leagues. Titus Young is expected to push him for a starting role and when Ryan Broyles is ready to return from his ACL injury, he is expected to be the teams’ slot receiver.
Keep an eye on the battle between Burleson and Young, if the veteran wins he could hold WR4 value, until the younger receivers take over.
Currently Burleson failed to make Fantasy Football Calculator’s top 63 receivers drafted, so this is a clear sign that fantasy owners are already trending away from Burleson.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
If you’ve paid any attention to the Lions this preseason, you know that rookie Titus Young has been sidlined with a hamstring injury, and Nate Burleson and Matthew Stafford have hooked up for touchdowns in each of the first two preseason games. It’s all a matter of Stafford staying healthy but as long as he’s on the field, Burleson can be a useful No.3 receiver in 12 team leagues and deeper.
I expect Burleson to have better numbers than he’s had in a few years, and he’s worth a speculative pickup in the late rounds of your draft. With Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best attracting attention, Burleson will have opportunities in this offense.
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Nate Burleson showed flashes of a worthy fantasy receiver and was a decent waiver wire pickup for a stretch but failed to put together a full year of production. If rookie Titus Young is up to the challenge of making an impact year one, he will probably squash Burleson’s fantasy value this season and in years to come. Some may take a flair shot on Burleson on draft day but I think your best looking for other options, even though he plays in a high scoring offense.
Nate Burleson signed with the Lions in March, and he now provides Matthew Stafford with a reliable No.2 receiver. Burlson is probably not worth selecting at your fantasy draft but if Stafford makes big strides through the season, Burleson could be a nice waiver pickup.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Nate Burleson rebounded in 2009 after a knee injury ended his season the year before. For the year Burleson posted over 800 yards receiving for the Seahawks.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: The Lions needed a respectable receiver to play opposite Calvin Johnson to help take coverage off their star. Burleson signed with the team early in free agency and now the Lions have their man.
Burleson isn’t worth selecting on draft day because he doesn’t post enough touchdowns to help you regularly. His contribution to fantasy football should be more helpful to Johnson as he is expected to have a rebound season. If Johnson should sustain any lingering injury problems than Burleson would make for a nice waiver wire pickup as he would be Matthew Stafford’s top target.
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