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Harry Douglas' Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Week 12

Oct 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) runs with the ball after a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Buccaneers 31-23.  Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2013

Steady is the course for Harry Douglas owners.

Douglas and his Atlanta Falcons took on the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football in Week 12. While it was not a particularly strong outing for Douglas, he got the job done with nine receptions for 79 yards.

Considering the Saints allow a total of 16.9 points per game to the receiver position on average this year in ESPN standard scoring leagues, that's a quality output for Douglas on his own.

It speaks true to the notion that Douglas is the only fantasy pass-catcher not named Tony Gonzalez worth owning in the wasteland known as Atlanta. In his past six games, Douglas has eclipsed 10 fantasy points in half of them. 

Perhaps the best news of all is that Douglas averages more than seven targets per game from quarterback Matt Ryan in a pass-first offense (don't leave an angry comment, Steven Jackson owners). In that same six-game span, Douglas has six or more receptions in all but one.

Douglas is by no means matchup-proof, but his upcoming schedule is simply beautiful. Atlanta's next three games come against defenses (Buffalo, Green Bay and Washington) that rank in the bottom 10 against the receiver position—all surrender 24 or more points per game.

If Douglas is available (he's owned in only 78.6 percent of leagues), he's a must add and a nice buy-low option. Douglas is a high-end No. 2 receiver the rest of the way and a lock for steady production with the occasional touchdown for good measure.

 

Note: All scoring info based on ESPN standard leagues.

 

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