Denarius Moore: Updated Fantasy Profile & Analysis for Raiders WR
Denarius Moore is a big play waiting to happen.
Sometimes, his hands fail him, but the Oakland Raiders' wideout is a tremendous under-the-radar talent, a guy that, with time, can become one of the best deep threats and YAC receivers in football.
Yeah, I'm that high on him.
From a fantasy perspective, you should be as well.
After a five-catch, 96-yard, one-touchdown effort against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8, here's an updated fantasy profile for the second-year Tennessee alum.
Moore was clocked at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Combine, but he seems to be one of those players who possesses fabulous game speed.
He's a bit slender at 6'0'' and 190 pounds, yet that appears to be the ideal playing weight for the downfield burner.
Because he's still relatively raw in terms of route-running and the ability to get open on intermediate routes, the Raiders have intelligently incorporated him into the offense with a multitude of simple short screens or, conversely, go-routes to maximize his natural speed.
Moore caught 33 passes and five touchdowns on 76 targets for 618 yards in 2011, and already has 26 grabs, 416 yards and four scores on 51 targets this year—he's clearly becoming a more well-rounded wideout and his athleticism and speed isn't going anywhere.
Analysis and Outlook
Because he's incrementally developing in the separation and route-running department, Oakland hasn't shied away from featuring him on a more frequent basis.
Moore has at least eight targets in the six games he's played in this season and has caught a touchdown in each of the last three weeks.
Sure, a huge game against the Chiefs' ravaged secondary isn't the most difficult feat to accomplish, but his knack to hit the huge play isn't an aberration.
His Week 8 performance was the seventh game in his young career in which he's averaged at least 19 yards per catch.
Expect Moore to be a more focal facet of his team's respectable aerial attack over the second half of the season.
Even when Oakland isn't competitive, all it'll take is one or two plays for Moore to piece together a fine afternoon in the fantasy realm.
If you have Moore, be ready to start him in the WR No. 2, WR No. 3 spot or as your flex player. Soon, however, don't be surprised if he becomes one of the more steady contributors on your team in the near future.
He exudes upside and some of that potential is already turning into production.
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