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Postby Kensat30 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:10 pm

Nate Burleson is going to be a stud WR this season.

Forget grabbing this guy off the waiver wire, trade for this guy immediately. Not only was Burleson the #1 WR for Seattle in week 1, he was making plays on the ball every time it got thrown his way. Looking at the stats, Burleson was one of the most targeted WRs in week 1. And after watching the shortcut replay last night, it was clear to me that Burleson was the number 1 read for Hasselbeck on most plays. Burleson was the WR getting the most seperation on the field, he was the WR getting the most yardage after the catch, and he was the most consistent WR catching the ball. Houshmanzadeh was used almost exclusively on 8 yards curls and stop routes, and while he looked good, he appeared to be slotted into his same role as he was on the Bengals. The guy might still turn out to be a redzone monster as the season progresses, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Burleson will be effected in any way. Chad Johnson wasn't. Burleson was used on a variety of different routes ranging from screens to fly routes and was by far the most targeted WR on the field.

And his statline could have been better. Hasselbeck underthrew a couple of balls that could have resulted in another 20+ yards. Burleson consistently beat his man in 1v1 situations, made tough catches in traffic, even made near plays on the ball when the CB was on him like a glove. Burleson "fell forward" and ran for yards after every catch for an additional 3-10 yards on every play. The development in this guy has been extraordinary ever since his first year in Seattle. The guy was making the same type of play we see out of Steve Smith when he gets his hands on the ball. And just like Steve Smith, Burleson was the target of a couple screen passes and even called an audible at the line of scrimmage for a quick slant when the CB was giving him room (which was nearly intercepted as the CB jumped the route). Burleson may not have superstar talent, but his situation is very good and to me he looked like an above average WR competent enough to post 80+ catches and double digit TDs. He made his TD catch look easy beating the man + zone on a 15 yard post route. It looked like backyard pass and catch out there for most of the game with Burleson. Granted it was the Rams, but sometimes you need to look past the matchup and evaluate the QB and the throws. The Rams suck, but I think the CB play on Burleson was not necessarily bad so much as Burleson's play at WR was outstanding. Everything I saw pointed to long term success and a sneaky upside for Burleson. Everyone talked up Houshmanzadeh as the next big thing in Seattle, but like Cincinnati with Chad Johnson, I think we are looking at a two headed beast here. And Matt Hasselbeck's last full healthy season he posted PEYTON MANNING-like numbers.....

How much of Burleson's activity was due to Branch being out and Houshmanzadeh's back problems, I don't know. Time will tell. Carleson had the biggest day statistically, and I think this guy is very very good at TE, but Burleson was the clear #1 target all day long. I saw a pure #1 NFL WR and with a QB that was delivering crisp and accurate passes. Hasselbeck could have easily had a 4 or 5 TD day with only 1 INT if not got a couple bad breaks or slightly sharper play. Good thing for anyone trying to acquire Burleson that did not happen. Most publications are looking at Burleson as a one week wonder for the most part, some still calling this guy a WR4, at most he is a WR3 for most people. Personally, I see him already as an every week starter at this point. I think the guy alraedy holds WR2 value in 12 team leagues and with continued strong performances should have a good chance at reaching the top10 WR this season.

Larry Fitzgerald - 11 targets, 6/71/1
Nate Burleson - 11 targets, 7/74/1


Edit: Forgot to mention one of the most important points. Burleson only played about 2.5 quarters. The game was so lopsided they didn't even need him in the 4th. Carleson was getting wide open in basically their only offensive possession in the 3rd. (Jones had his long TD run on the other 3rd quarter possession on 1st down).
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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby kickureface » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:10 pm

ill have a great year if you are right.
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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby NYMetsIn2k4 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:23 am

im big on Housh this season, actually huuuge on him but i could see both posting solid statlines with TJ Housh getting the majority of the TDs. Hasselbeck is a good QB and could definitely produce 2 top flight WRs this season. Burlesons talent has always been there and maybe with an experienced QB, experienced possession WR accross from him, maybe just maybe this is Nates breakout campaign!


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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby SameSongNDance » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:55 am

kickureface wrote:ill have a great year if you are right.



same I picked him up in all of my leagues before and after week 1. Hes only one year reserved from a 9 TD season. I'd like to see him go 70 catches for 1,000d and 8TDs, I think that's his ceiling but obviously great WR2 numbers.

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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby kickureface » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:54 am

i drafted him in 2 and in the other two people drafted him after i ignored him after thinking im set with josh morgan and chris henry and some other scrub (bennett in ppr) :-t

i think you should wait for a dud from him before buying.
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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby moochman » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:04 am

This kind of hometown cooking is priceless. Thanks much, Kenstat. Sadly, I think he has been scrapped off the wires in all my leagues, some by me :-D

I still remember the dynamic WR he was in Minnesota a few years ago. Great hands, speed, route running. If he can stay healthy...
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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby bigh0rt » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:30 pm

Fantastic. Thanks for the analysis. This is great stuff. ;-D
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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby TheDiplomats » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:10 pm

I like this call. ;-D I picked up Burleson in one of my dynasty leagues during the offseason. The guy has always had elite talent, it was just a matter of staying healthy. I'll be starting him as my WR2 this week, although more out of necessity than anything else. :-b
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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby DaSh 1s » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:36 pm

Thanks for the read!
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Re: Most Glaring Week 1 Observation

Postby urbanbreez » Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:04 pm

Kenstat, you need, like, more icons. The expert icon in particular is perfect for you. Great analysis! ;-D
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