Santana Moss: Updated Fantasy Profile & Analysis for Redskins WR

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 24, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins makes a catch in the fourth quarter as cornerback Jayron Hosley #28 of the New York Giants defends during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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33-year-old receiver Santana Moss is proving he still has some some value both for the Washington Redskins and fantasy football owners. 

An influx of talent at the receiver position over the last two seasons had some speculating that the role Moss would play for the Redskins in 2012 could be minimized, at the very least. However, through seven games, Moss has been productive enough to stay fantasy-viable. 

His 2012 stats include 19 catches for 240 yards and four touchdowns. His best fantasy performance of the season came in Week 7, when Moss caught four passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Giants.

Despite the production, however, Moss is currently owned in just a quarter of ESPN leagues and 53 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

Below, we'll give you a quick fantasy update for Moss in 2012.


Fantasy Profile

This offseason, the Redskins added receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan in free agency to help boost a receiving core that had mostly been just Moss over the previous handful of seasons. Washington also drafted the likes of Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson to help add depth to the position. 

Moss, at 33 years old, was looking like he could become a fantasy afterthought in Washington. 

Not so fast. 

After getting off to an inconspicuous start (10 catches, 87 yards, one touchdown in first four games), Moss has come on strong over the last three. During that stretch, Moss has caught nine passes for 193 yards and three scores. 

His best work has come from the slot position, which should be unaffected even when Garcon returns from a foot injury. According to Pro Football Focus, Moss has 16 of his 19 catches and all four touchdowns this season from the slot. 

With Garcon possibly out for the foreseeable future, Moss should remain one of Robert Griffin III's top targets. 



The work from Moss in the slot alone makes him worthy of a spot on your fantasy bench, especially in PPR leagues. And in some matchups and formats, like last week in New York, Moss is a starting flex option. 

Consider that over the last three weeks, Moss has been targeted only 13 times. Some top receivers get that in one week. But Moss has turned the limited opportunities into big plays and production. 

Moss has a catch of 30 or more yards in each week, and only his four-catch, 46-yard performance against the Minnesota Vikings was kept under 12 total fantasy points. 

You will still have to be cognizant of matchups—for example, at Pittsburgh in Week 8 is risky—but Moss can be a fantasy option when used right. His 11.3-point average over the last three weeks is proof of that.