It's Harry Douglas time in Atlanta

Updated: August 9, 2010, 6:53 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins wasn't ranked anywhere near a selectable spot in a 10-team standard league for this season -- or 12-team or point-per-reception formats, for that matter -- but his weekend shoulder injury, which could cause him to miss some regular-season games, suddenly has me interested. Not in him, of course. But let's just say, after a few ordinary seasons of Jenkins not possessing much fantasy value, I wanted to see what some fresh blood could do for Matt Ryan and the passing offense. Now I say let the Harry Douglas era really begin.

Douglas was supposed to figure into the Falcons' slot receiver role last year, but a torn ACL a year and four days ago ended his campaign before it began. Nothing against the reliable Jenkins, who has reached 50 receptions each of the past three seasons and does yeoman's work as a blocker, but we already have a good idea what he can do, and it isn't much. He has scored eight touchdowns in three seasons. I suppose in deep leagues he's a bye-week fill-in, but not much more. Roddy White is a top-10 fantasy wide receiver and he doesn't miss games, and tight end Tony Gonzalez remains a huge factor, especially near the goal-line, more than nearly every tight end in the league. Despite standing 6-foot-5, Jenkins has rarely been an effective red-zone target. His lone touchdown in 2009 was a 50-yarder.