Wide receiver Harry Douglas was the benefactor of injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White last season, but will he able to replicate his fantasy football relevance in 2014?
If you never heard of Douglas before last season, don’t be embarrassed. A member of the Atlanta Falcons since 2008, Douglas never recorded more than 500 receiving yards or one touchdown catch before last season. While he was still involved in almost every game for the Falcons, he was never able to work his way into a major role with the offense. With Jones sidelined and White struggling throughout the season to stay healthy, Douglas proved himself as a valuable commodity for quarterback Matt Ryan.
Some view the retirement of Tony Gonzalez as a positive thing for Douglas, as the Falcons do not have a proven commodity at tight end. Gonzalez received 119 targets and 83 receptions last season, so those numbers do have to go somewhere. Douglas led the Falcons in receptions last season with 85, but that is obviously going to change with a healthy Jones and White in the lineup.
If you own Jones or White, I think it is incredibly important to handcuff them with Douglas. He was able to haul in 1,067 receiving yards in their absences, so he would see an increased work load if either wideout were to get injured again in 2014. Outside of that, however, the 29-year old’s value seems to be limited. He has a slight frame, quick but not blazing speed and his productivity only came from an increase in targets.
While he was a valuable commodity last season, I am only drafting Douglas as Jones or White owner.