Predicting Harry Douglas' Fantasy Stats in Week 8 vs. Cardinals

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIOctober 27, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 20:  Matt Ryan #2 and Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons congratulate Harry Douglas #83 on his touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on October 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas exploded for a big game in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and fantasy owners can continue to expect production from him moving forward.

In Week 7, Douglas totaled 149 yards on seven catches and one touchdown. He was the go-to option for Matt Ryan in the passing game, and the chemistry between the two already appears strong. Douglas caught the ball each time he was targeted.

It's safe to say that he's a viable target for both Ryan and fantasy owners.

He faces a much tougher defense in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals, but that shouldn't slow him down all that much. Douglas' versatility as both a slot receiver and a threat over the top of defenses makes him too valuable to sit.

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John Breech of reports that Roddy White won't be suiting up for Week 8, so that makes Douglas the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver. Tony Gonzalez will obviously be targeted heavily, but Douglas will likely be the offensive focal point for Ryan as teams attempt to lock down the veteran tight end.

Breech also mentions the fact that Jacquizz Rodgers could be the running back due to injuries to Steven Jackson and Jason Snelling, so there could be an even bigger focus on the passing game against Arizona.

All of this adds up to potentially huge numbers from Douglas.

He'll receive plenty of targets because of the depleted roster, but the lack of depth also means he'll be drawing a ton of double-teams. His versatility will give him the ability create space on slant plays and similar routes, but it will be the deep plays on which he may struggle to get open. With Arizona's safeties waiting for the deep ball to go Douglas' way, it could just be a matter of time before they jump routes and bat passes down.

That being said, Douglas will see success in Week 8 as the top receiver. He won't near 150 yards receiving like he did against Tampa Bay, but I predict a solid day in Week 8 against Arizona.

He's too valuable to sit because of his No. 1 receiver status. Roll with him as a No. 2 option on your squad and you'll see WR2 numbers.

Prediction: Eight catches for 85 yards and a touchdown