Terrell Owens and Randy Moss: Do They Have Any Value for Fantasy Football 2012?

Dan Adams@danxx5Correspondent IIIAugust 9, 2012

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Terrell Owens and Randy Moss spent last NFL season without a team, but this season both former superstars are returning to the NFL.

With a return to the NFL comes a return to the realm of fantasy football, and both receivers are hoping for a season that returns them to fantasy relevance. 

The question facing fantasy owners right now is whether or not to draft them and, if so, how early?

Terrell Owens is the one in the recent headlines, and with good reason as the often troubled wide receiver recently ran an impressive 40-yard dash time.

TO may be 38, and will turn 39 during the season, but he's one of the best receivers of all time. He's still fast, he's still 6'3" and he presumably can still catch the football.

Couple those physical gifts with a highly motivated TO, who probably has a chip on his shoulder after the way he was almost completely shunned by NFL teams, and you have the potential for him to have a great season. 

TO has never lacked for talent and has only been held back by problems stemming from his ego and attitude, two things he will have to keep in check if he'd like to make this a successful comeback.

If that happens, TO has tons of positives that fantasy owners would love.

He's a durable player, having missed no more than two games only in the 2005 season that saw him suspended by the Eagles, which means you can usually count on him to play.

When he's played he's been very productive, posting double-digit touchdowns and over 1,000 yards in every season he played in Dallas.

After that he went to the Bills, where it was clear he was uninterested and caught only 55 footballs during the season. That was the lowest total of his career not counting his rookie season or his suspension-shortened season. 

He followed that season with a 14-game season of 72 receptions, 983 yards and nine touchdowns for the Bengals.

There isn't much question of whether or not TO can produce, and if Matt Flynn or whoever his QB ends up being can get him the ball, there is no reason he can't return to fantasy relevance. There is really no other reliable receiver on that team who can compete with him. 

Randy Moss has a similar situation, having been forced out of the NFL due to being more trouble than he's worth. But he's back now and ready to prove he can still play.

Moss will have more competition on the 49ers for targets, but he's also a 6'4" target for QB Alex Smith to throw to. 

Smith may not have the strongest arm, but he wants to prove he can run the offense as more than a game manager. If he's going to take shots downfield, there is a strong chance they'll be to Moss. 

The problem with Moss is that he isn't going to get many of those downfield targets he's used to, and he's been very reliant on above average TD scoring to augment his fantasy points.

Touchdowns might be hard to come by for Moss in a West Coast offense that is more geared towards the run than it is the pass. 

Still, Moss seemed like he was done after his time with the Raiders, only to go on to have a record-breaking season in 2007.

Both TO and Moss have upside, as if they return to their former level of production, both are easily at least a strong option to be the second receiver on any fantasy team. 

They are currently both going towards the very end of the draft, if they're drafted at all. If you have a chance to grab one, you're drafting a proven receiver with a chip on his shoulder in both cases. 

They might be too old to play at a high level, but that's something you can tell right away. If they don't work out by Week 2 you can treat them like the low draft pick they were and replace them with a waiver pickup.

But if they pan out you could steal a top fantasy receiver at the end of your draft.

And that puts you one step closer to winning your league.