Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas caught seven passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in the team's 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. Douglas' touchdown was his first of the season.
Fantasy impact: In the absence of fellow receivers Roddy White (hamstring) and Julio Jones (season-ending ankle surgery), Douglas is going to be counted on heavily along with tight end Tony Gonzalez to help move the chains. Douglas didn't do so well when charged with replacing Jones two years ago so the fantasy community jury was out as to whether he could do it this time around.
It looks like he's done it, at least so far. By comparison, Gonzalez only caught two passes for 30 yards in the game. There's no question that although Gonzalez does not play wide receiver, he is the No. 1 option in the Falcons' passing game. That bodes well for owners of Douglas as he will not necessarily face the other team's best defensive player on a weekly basis.
Going into Week 8, Douglas will face a very good Arizona Cardinals defense, but it remains to be seen whether White will return from his injury, and that could make Douglas a top fantasy play regardless of the tough matchup.