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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: DENARIUS MOORE WR OAKLAND RAIDERS

One of the bigger "who the heck was that?" stories of the young 2011 fantasy football season occurred in Week 2 when one took a look at Oakland Raiders Denarius Moore's line in their shootout loss to the Atlanta Falcons.  Moore racked up a very impressive 5 catches for 146 yards and 1 TD.  Many surely went to the waiver wire after the game to check him out a little more closely and that makes him the perfect subject for our latest Fantasy Football Player Analyzer.  Lets take a look at what Moore has to offer those fantasy football owners who decide to take the plunge.

First a little background as always.  Moore is a rookie fifth round draft pick of the team out of Tennessee and he faced competition in the Raiders receiving corps when the season began.  Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford were listed as the starters and Darius Reynaud-Bey was serving in the slot.  So there didn't seem to be much of chance for Moore to make an impact.  Than injuries struck as Ford hurt his hamstring and sat out the Bills game.  Reynaud-Bey also continued his disappearing act which allowed Moore to find himself with some meaningful snaps this past Sunday.  He certainly responded well with his big game clear evidence of this.  His blend of size and speed work well in the Raiders offense and so Moore could very well have earned more time as a result of this outing.  You definately know that Al Davis was watching and intrigued by this. 

Now for some negatives.  The Raiders are a big time running team which they are well equipped for with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush as their backs.  Also Ford could return this week which will push Moore down a peg in the depth chart.  The opportunities just wont be there for more consistent production like we saw last week.

Ultimately, I don't think Denarius Moore is a guy who should be picked up at this point.  One big game doesn't make a fantasy football starter and the negatives that we spoke about will likely undermine what he could potentially yield to his owners every week.  Keep a watch on the guy but give it more time before you make a move there.

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