Lance Moore: What Big Day Means for Fantasy Owners, New Orleans Saints

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 22, 2012

Oct. 21, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright (21) after making a catch during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Lance Moore is certainly good to go for the New Orleans Saints. Fantasy owners, however, should still beware of his inconsistency.

After missing the team’s last contest against the San Diego Chargers with a hamstring injury, the 5’9” receiver returned in Week 7 as another weapon for Drew Brees and his fantasy owners.

Moore caught nine of 10 targets for 121 yards on Sunday, exciting Saints fans and fantasy owners alike.

New Orleans was without Brees’ top target, Jimmy Graham, in this game—but that didn’t seem to affect the amount of looks that Moore received from his quarterback.

Moore was targeted 37 times in the Saints’ first four games: an average of 9.25 per game.

He’ll be a tempting fantasy option to use in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos in Denver. The matchup of Brees’ Saints and Peyton Manning’s Broncos has all the makings of a shootout; there should be enough footballs to go around.

However, Moore could see cornerback Tracy Porter—a former Saint—in coverage. He also has a tendency to vanish randomly in fantasy football; Moore has alternated games in terms of high and low productivity this season.

Moore caught six passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, two for 30 in Week 2, four for 70 and a score in Week 3, seven for 67 in Week 4 and nine for 121 in Week 7.

New Orleans had a bye in Week 6.

If Jimmy Graham is out for the Saints’ game against Denver in Week 8, Moore will be an interesting option by virtue of being healthy. Graham’s Week 7 replacement, tight end David Thomas, saw just four targets and caught two for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Graham was targeted an average of 10 times per game through the season’s first four weeks.

He got hurt in Week 5 and spent most of his on-field time against the Chargers as a distraction for the San Diego defense.

Brees has only failed to throw three touchdowns in a game once this season. Because you never know who those scores will go to, Moore is worth a fantasy start in Week 8—but expectations should be tempered in case he executes another disappearing act.