Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions

by Ryan R. Bonini on July 20, 2010 @ 16:27:00 PDT


Nate Burleson | Detroit Lions | 6-foot, 198 pounds | 8th year

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Pros: Burleson returns to Scott Linehan's offensive scheme, which is what he flourished in during his best season (68 receptions, 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004) as a pro. He will play opposite of Calvin Johnson, so defenses will rarely put more than one body on him for coverage. When healthy, Burleson can be productive. He caught 63 passes for 812 yards and three touchdowns on a bad Seattle team last year in just 13 games.

Cons: The lack of durability is the biggest issue for Burleson, who hasn't made it a full 16 games in three of the past five seasons. Matthew Stafford will continue to have growing pains, so erratic numbers in the passing game are likely.

Fantasy tip: Detroit's defense is improving, but still not quite there yet, so Stafford will likely go to the air often. Burleson has largely been ignored during fantasy football drafts but makes a solid No. 4 fantasy receiver with upside. He's a bargain at the tail end of your drafts.

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His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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