They don’t make anything on television like the classics anymore. But everyone remembers the Fred MacMurray show of the titles name. I am equating this show to the Atlanta Falcons wide receivers. Because in the reality of fantasy, if that isn’t an oxymoron, I don’t know what one is. And don’t get me started on dangling participles… the trio of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas are the kin of Matt Ryan. Matty Ice needs to feed his clan of kin with passes and keep them, and us, happy. What makes us happy is the Falcons actually being able to pass the ball and score on a consistent basis, and give us contributing factors for all three to be fantasy relevant week in and week out. They are facing an opponent that previously in the year dominated, and this is why this week’s spotlight dance is on Harry Douglas. The slippery third wide-out for the Atlanta, that could be seeing a lot of action this week.
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So Harry Douglas is definitely the youngest of the “three sons” in terms of targets this year, but only because of his nagging foot injury way back in Week 3. He has come back from injury on a limited basis, and allowed Devin Hester to carve out a temporary niche into the high powered Famcons offense. Well, I am here to tell you that Hester’s value has been trumped by Harry. Harry is the typical 3rd WR that most teams love and covet. Slippery, great route runner, with reliable hands. [Jay’s Note: Just like your mom.] Just look at last year as the reliable factor in believing me… 85 REC, 1067 YDS. That is a great season for someone who isn’t the centerpiece of an offense or wasn’t supposed to be. His first game back from the foot injury was two weeks ago against the great defensive unit in Detroit. He managed to play on 28% of the snaps, garnering 42 yards on 5 targets and 3 receptions. Those are pedestrian numbers, but he only played on 1/4 of the offensive snaps. When the Falcons are rolling, they roll with 3 WR sets on almost 75% of their snaps. So injury aside, and the extra week of healing due to their Week 9 bye week has Harry as a great buy now client in the firm of Smokey, Buy’em and Now.
He has an all-pro guy next to him, and a former all-pro on the other, so defenses will have to pick one and let the coverage roll to the other. And that defense is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yeah, that same Buccaneers defense that has allowed the 29th ranked passing yards per game (286 per game). The same defense that earlier in the year yielded 500 yards of total offense and 6 TD’s to these same Falcons in Week 2. That just happens to be the same game that Harry Douglas got hurt early and, by happenstance, had his lone TD of the year. So the match-up looks fantastic to me on paper, as the Bucs can’t stop me from running a fly route in slow motion. This is the rebirth of the Falcons offense this week, the defense is a different story, but I see an offensive explosion that will lead them to a three-score victory. That three-score victory will allow a lot of garbage time catches for Douglas, as he gets back in to game form and cements him self as Matt Ryan’s “Linus” blanket.
Smokey predicts: 9 TAR, 6 REC, 68 YDS, 1 TD