Fantasy Football: Why Randy Moss Is Worth the Late-Round Draft Pick

Chris Schad@@crishadContributor IIISeptember 2, 2012

August 26 2012; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (84) on his sidelines during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The 49ers defeated the Broncos 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

It's late in your fantasy draft and you're looking down your cheat sheet. At this point in the draft, it's all about selecting upside and you're a little weak at wide receiver. If you're in a standard re-draft league, there's one name that stands out to you and you figure why not take a risk? So you announce your pick.

"I select Randy Moss."

Moss has been a scary proposition since he went back to "Disgruntled Randy" during the 2010 season. He's also been out of football for an entire year after retiring without any offers when he hit free agency in the summer of 2011. With that being said, now is the perfect time to draft (or pick up) Moss.

In the past, fantasy owners would have to spend one of their first two to three draft picks on Moss, and then they weren't sure which Moss they're getting (just like the San Francisco 49ers are by signing him in real life).

However, in 2012 Moss only requires a late-round draft pick that would pay huge dividends if Moss has even a decent season (which for this premise would be over 900 yards and around six touchdowns) in San Francisco.

As an added bonus, most of the reports coming out of San Francisco have been positive on Moss as he's been helping tutor the team's wide receivers and defensive backs.

Moss didn't put up massive numbers during the preseason and wasn't used to stretch the field like one would imagine. Still, it's possible that Harbaugh didn't want to let the tiger out of the cage for a meaningless preseason game and could unleash the fury when the 49ers visit Lambeau Field in Week 1.

And that game is going to be where you find out what you have in Moss. If Moss goes crazy, you know that you've acquired an ace in the hole that should give you an advantage in your league.

If Moss walks around, can't get ope, and looks like a 35-year old receiver who just sat out a year, you dump him and get somebody that just blew up in Week 1. It's an extremely low risk that's worth taking.