Name: Nate Burleson
Team: Detroit Lions
Position: Wide Receiver
Years Pro: 10
Draft stock: (Dropping) The Lions are begging for someone on their team to step up and play the wide receiver spot opposite of Calvin Johnson Jr. However, Burleson hasn’t played worthy of the position and injuries haven’t helped his cause. In fact, Burleson missed 10 games last year with a broken leg, which is never good for a fantasy football wide receiver.
2012 fantasy impact: Playing in just 10 games, the Lions didn’t get much out of Burleson in 2012. As a matter of fact, the 10-year veteran ranked sixth on the team with only 240 receiving yards. To be frank; had Titus Young not gone AWOL and Ryan Broyles wasn’t a walking torn ACL, then Burleson wouldn’t even have a job.
Best-case scenario: On top of being a solid locker room presence, Burleson gives the Lions a handful of touchdowns and proves himself to be a worthwhile asset with Detroit.
Worst-case scenario: The Lions find out that Burleson is completely useless and decide to release the washed up wide receiver before Week 3 even hits.
Where you should draft him: Burleson isn’t the type of wide receiver that you want on your fantasy football team. Don’t draft Burleson unless you’re banking on a Johnson injury, but if you must than select the Lions’ wide receiver, then the 15th round is a risk-taking spot.