2011 was a good year for Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson but not so much for his fantasy numbers. The Lions’ number two option was effective but didn’t have the season that many were expecting. Burleson, who is the voice of the Lions and a leader in the locker room, is a veteran presence on the field and is capable of having an above average season next to stud receiver Calvin Johnson.
Last season Burleson finished the season with 73 catches and 757 yards. His three touchdowns were disappointing compared to the six he had in 2010. Burleson played all 16 games in 2011 and hasn’t missed more than four games in a season aside from 2007 when he was injured. Burleson is a reliable wide out who puts up steady numbers but he doesn’t quite make the fantasy cut.
Burleson’s value will not be high this year. With the emergence of third wide receiver Titus Young and the drafting of second round pick receiver Ryan Broyles, Burleson will be hard pressed to put up consistent fantasy numbers. Burleson could be a decent pick late in keeper leagues but should be undrafted in most standard and deep leagues. He can be somewhat valuable in PPR leagues if he can keep up the receptions. During the season he could be a good find on waiver wires if he starts to get streaky with the attention on Johnson and Young but he just doesn’t translate to the fantasy game.
2011 Season: 73 Receptions, 757 Yards, 3 Touchdowns
2012 Projections: 56 Receptions, 636 yards, 3 Touchdowns