Fantasy Football 2012: Lance Moore Won't Break Your Heart

C.D. CarterFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 18, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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You've fallen for it before.

Lance Moore, the New Orleans Saints seventh-year wide receiver and perpetual fantasy football waiver wire fodder, filled up the box score last week against the Washington Redskins, piling up 120 yards and a touchdown as the Saints staged a downright frantic fourth quarter comeback. Moore has done this time and again during his years with Brees—after looking like a fantasy stud in a jet-fueled offense, he posts a streak of hideous lines.

He's the prototypical fantasy lottery ticket.

Moore's Week 1 stat line could be—and has been—dubbed misleading because he had posted a big, fat zero for his fantasy owners in the first three quarters of the season opener. He proved a fake football savior, though, with 18 standard league fantasy points in the final frame.

Sir Lancelot's fourth quarter explosion coincided with fellow pass catcher Devery Henderson leaving the game with what turned out to be a concussion. Moore tied tight end Jimmy Graham with 10 targets, and was just one behind team leader Marques Colston.

The Saints coaching staff talked up Moore this summer after Robert Meachem departed for sunny San Diego, so expectations for an increased role in the Saints juggernaut of an offense were well founded. That certainly didn't play out for most of last week's game, but you shouldn't ignore Brees' extra attention to Moore after Henderson was sidelined. Henderson missed practice again on Thursday, and Saints beat writer Mike Triplett said the team would "err on the side of caution" with their speedy deep threat.



Moore played 56 of the Saints' 75 plays last week, a good sign that, at the very least, he'll have opportunity while Henderson is down.

If Henderson is declared inactive for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, I wouldn't hesitate to pluck Moore from the waiver wire and play him as a flex, especially if you're one of the poor souls who might be without Jeremy Maclin and his nagging hip pointer or Pierre Garcon and his foot injury this week.

Another reason I would role with Moore: The Saints defense looked, well, porous last week against Washington. They were shredded through the air, and to a much lesser extent, on the ground. This is happy news for proud owners of Saints pass catchers. Drew Brees in hurry-up catch-up mode will make your fake football life immeasurably better, so invest in a piece of the Saints unyielding yard-churning machine and stash Moore.

I don't think Moore will be an every-week play in 10- and 12-team fantasy leagues, but this week—especially if Henderson is sidelined—you won't find a better last-minute flex addition.