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Week 1 vs. CHI
Receiving: 1 / 19 / 0 on 4 targets
Burleson finished the game with just one reception for 19 yards. He was only targeted four times, but two of the passes were very high and uncatchable. The Lions looked like they were going to run an end around with Burleson at one point, but Shaun Hill fumbled the snap and had to pick it up and run with it.
Week 2 vs. PHI
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
Burleson converted his only target of the game into a catch for four yards and promptly left the game with an ankle injury. It's still quite early in the season but at this point, Burleson does not look to figure very heavily into the Lions offensive game planning at this point in time.
Week 5 vs. STL
Receiving: 4 / 56 / 1 on 6 targets
Burleson had a very good game and overall contribution to the Lions win on Sunday. His best play by far was his touchdown reception, in which he caught a short hitch pass from Hill, made a defender miss and sprinted into the end zone. Burleson is another weapon that the Lions use well in this offense and he should continue to be productive.
Week 6 vs. NYG
Rushing: 1 / -7 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 50 / 1 on 9 targets
Burleson has been banged up this season, but has now put together back to back solid outings. Stanton looked to him frequently though his touchdown came when Hill was behind center. On that play, Burleson showed great focus on the catch, overcoming a pair of defenders, making the catch and getting both feet in bounds. He also showed some power when late in the fourth quarter on he caught the ball and then broke a tackle to gain extra yards, the first down and then get out of bounds to stop the clock. That field and situation awareness will definitely help Matt Stafford out when he returns after the bye week.
Week 8 vs. WAS
Receiving: 7 / 47 / 0 on 9 targets
Burleson made some nice catches on poor throws from Stafford early in the game but was also blown up on a tackle over the middle. Burleson had a big catch and run over the middle on a drag route from Stafford, but failed to see the tackler from behind and he lost a fumble. He was able to secure a high pass from Stafford, but really lost targets due to C. Johnson being the go to guy on the day in most clutch situations for the Lions.
Week 9 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 7 / 113 / 1 on 8 targets
While Calvin Johnson struggled against Darrelle Revis, Nate Burleson had a tremendous game. Burleson showed good hands, great route running and a great awareness of where he was on the field. On one catch in the second quarter, Burleson ran a sharp route and then used his body to force Jets cornerback Drew Coleman to take a few steps backward so Burleson could make the first down. He showed great hands on his touchdown when Stafford threw the ball over the top of Coleman and Burleson leapt up in the air and made a great off-balance catch for a touchdown. Throughout the day, Burleson was able to make plays while the Jets' best defenders were busy elsewhere.
Week 10 vs. BUF
Rushing: 1 / 17 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 47 / 0 on 8 targets
Burleson had an early reception, but was quiet until the second half, when he had a third and fourth down conversion on would-be game-tying drive. Burleson also had a good gain on an end around and generally ran with surprising strength after the catch. He'll continue to be good depth and a decent flex/WR3 play in PPR leagues as long as defenses are focused on Calvin Johnson.
Week 11 vs. DAL
Rushing: 1 / 15 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 97 / 1 on 10 targets
Nate Burleson had an excellent game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was able to take advantage of single-coverage to the outside of the field as the defense keyed in on Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew. As a result, Burleson was often open. His best catch came on a play that was called back due to holding. On the play, Burleson caught a receiver screen on the right side of the field, followed his blockers upfield before dashing towards the sideline for a 20+ yard gain. Unfortunately, a penalty behind the action negated the impressive play. Burleson also had the long catch of the day on a 58 yard deep pass up the middle of the field.
Week 12 vs. NE
Receiving: 3 / 35 / 0 on 8 targets
Nate Burleson started once again opposite of Calvin Johnson, but for what should be a favorable spot for fantasy purposes Burleson came up small. He managed to reel in just three of eight targets for a combined 35 yards as Hill could not get the deep part of the passing game going and when he did find Burleson, the ball was either erratically thrown or Burleson made a poor play on it. Hill clearly favors both Calvin Johnson and TE Brandon Pettigrew, both of which have better receiver skills. Burleson has some modest fantasy value but his mercurial performances make him a risky fantasy option.
Week 13 vs. CHI
Receiving: 3 / 27 / 0 on 5 targets
After guaranteeing the win, Burleson did little to back it up other than catch a few short passes and gain a first down early in the game. Of course the fault doesn't rest solely with Burleson, as the QB simply wasn't throwing the ball down the field.
Week 14 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 1 targets
Who? Burleson was a complete afterthought until the final quarter, when he did contribute on the Lions lone scoring drive, with an important first down off of a quick hitch pass. He's still able to make a move and pick up the yards, evidently, but you can't count on him getting the ball.
Week 15 vs. TB
Rushing: 1 / 25 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 28 / 1 on 6 targets
Burleson had just four receptions for 28 yards, but added a score on a 10 yard touchdown reception. On the scoring play, Burleson made the catch on a short hitch, then showed some physicality by stiff-arming his way into the end zone.
Week 16 vs. MIA
Rushing: 1 / 12 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 3 targets
Burleson opened the game with a 12 yard end around that got the Lions rolling. Unfortunately for him, he didn't see any targets his way again until the third quarter. In the 4th quarter, Burleson was open down the right side of the field, but the ball was too high and he was hit hard when the ball bounced off of his finger tips. His best contribution came on the 53 yard catch and run to Best. Burleson was down the field, and engaged the safety just enough to allow Best to get by for the score. His one reception was just a one yard check-down on the next series.
Week 17 vs. MIN
Rushing: 1 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 83 / 1 on 8 targets
With Calvin Johnson on the sidelines, the Lions needed someone to step up and be their 'go to' guy on offense. Nate Burleson was that guy. On Detroit's second possession, Burleson caught a short come-back route and battled three guys to push his way for a nice 12 yard reception. Two plays later, Shaun Hill flipped the ball to Burleson who was open down the right sideline, but the ball was just overthrown. It would have been a big gain if Burleson could have come down with the reception. He also contributed in the running game, taking a reverse on the next series, following a great block from Shaun Hill and spinning twice to avoid contact for a big 20 yard gain --- Detroit's longest run of the day. On the TD reception just before halftime, the Lions snapped the ball in a hurry-up offense. Burleson was working one on one and cut across the middle of the end zone, made a tough reception and came up with the TD. It helped the Lions extend their lead and gave Detroit big momentum going into the third quarter.