Fantasy Football start/sit advice, Week 12: Nate Burleson returns to action with a favorable matchup

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The Detroit Lions are set to get a boost in the receiving game with the impending return of Nate Burleson. We break down the fantasy implications.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is on track to make his first start of the season since sustaining a broken arm in a car wreck after Week 3.

For fantasy owners, Burleson's return to the lineup isn't exactly one that they were banking on to make or break a season, but it could be welcome production if he picks up where he left off. Burleson averaged just over six catches for 80 yards in his three games this season, and now, he faces a favorable matchup upon his return versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fantasy Spin: The Buccaneers have been torched all season long by slot receivers, and the past two weeks have proved no different versus Rishard Matthews and Harry Douglas. The two logged an average of eight catches for 127 yards versus the Bucs, and Burleson could scrape the surface of that production at the very least with extra attention being paid to Calvin Johnson.

Barring an unforeseen setback, Burleson should be good to resume his abbreviated season with fresh legs underneath him, and does so in an ideal circumstance. Pen him in as a WR4 with plenty of upside, as he presents gobs of sleeper value for Week 12.

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