Over the past few weeks, fantasy football owners have been blessed with the presence and emergence of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas. After both Roddy White and Julio Jones were out with injuries, Douglas’ value skyrocketed and he immediately became the Falcons’ top target in the passing game.
Douglas has averaged 7.1 targets per game all year, meaning even when Jones and White were on the field he was getting looks. Over his past three games, he’s had an average of 10 targets per game.
For Sunday’s matchup with the 8-1 Seattle Seahawks, White’s status is in question. Actually, that’s exactly what it is — questionable. White should end up playing after battling back from ankle and hamstring injuries, but how effective will he be?
He has not been 100 percent all year, and with his status up in the air, there’s no way he is 100 percent healthy at this point. Even if White does play, Douglas will still be a top target, maybe even the number one target due to White not being on the field for a few weeks and still getting back in the swing of things.
The thing to remember with this game, is that with how good Seattle is — actually not spectacular as of late — that this game could get out of hand quickly if Seattle goes up by a couple of scores. With that in mind, the Falcons will have to pass the ball in order to get back into it. You know what that means — more targets for Douglas.
Unti White is completely healthy again, I would continue to ride Douglas as a solid WR3 or flex spot in most leagues. When White is back for good, then it might be time to think about replacing Douglas.