Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Kris Durham

By Bill Pivetz

Many people would think that the Detroit Lions are made up of just Matthew StaffordReggie Bush and Calvin Johnson. That could ring especially true after Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford had 488 passing yards, Bush had 92 rush yards and a score, and we all know the game Megatron had (329 receiving yards and a touchdown).

All three players are ranked in the top 10 in their respective positions, and each of these players are must starts for fantasy owners. Digging deeper, there is one additional player at least worth keeping an eye on this week, and that player is Kris Durham.

Over the last three games, Durham has been targeted 29 times. He hauled in 17 of those passes for 178 yards (10.47 ypc). Unfortunately, he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 5. With Brandon Pettigrew struggling and recent news of Ryan Broyles done for the year, Durham will continue to get looks from Stafford.

Nate Burleson is scheduled to return in Week 10. He began the season as the No. 2 receiver and was playing well with 239 yards on 19 receptions. However, if Durham continues to produce the way he has — 6.2 fantasy points per game over the last five games — then Burleson could be the No. 3 receiver.

Even with Johnson posting triple-digit receiving yards in four games so far, Stafford is still finding Durham four to five times per game. Durham is available in 99 percent of ESPN leagues. He shouldn’t be added in standard 10-12 team leagues, but if you’re in a 16-team, dynasty or PPR league, then Durham is definitely worth a roster spot.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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