Week 3 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: WR Nate Burleson

By Adam McGill
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As we approach the third week of the fantasy football season, the absolute worst defense in the NFL has been the Washington Redskins. Washington is being embarrassed on a weekly basis. The team is ranked 32nd in rushing yards (201 yards/ game) and 23rd ranked in passing yards (310.5).  They haven’t been able to stop anyone defensively and fantasy football owners would be wise to take note of this.

This week the Redskins face off against the Detroit Lions and it looks like it will be another offensively onslaught. Detroit is currently averaging 315 passing yards per contest and should expose all the weaknesses in Washington’s porous secondary.

Seeing as Detroit has such a favorable matchup this week, one fantasy option that is an absolute must-start is WR Nate Burleson.

In the first game of the season, Burleson caught all six of his targets for 78 yards. In the next game, he hauled in just seven balls for 45 yards. However, his timid second game was most likely a result of Calvin Johnson hauling in 116 yards and two touchdowns. Either way, Burleson has earned a spot in the offense and should have a huge game against one of the worst defenses in football.

Burleson is getting a steady number of targets each game and this week should be no different. Washington hasn’t proven that they can stop anyone, so expect Detroit’s offense to keep their foot to the floor.

Burleson will be a strong WR2 to plug in this week, so make sure to have him in your lineup. He may not catch a touchdown pass, but I fully expect him to rack up over 80 receiving yards.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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