Randy Moss: Why Future Hall of Famer Still Isn't Worth a Fantasy Waiver Add

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystOctober 29, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 29:  Randy Moss #84 of the San Francisco 49ers sprints to the endzone in front of linebacker Sam Acho #94 of the Arizona Cardinals on a touchdown catch during the third quarter of an NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Look there! In the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane!

It's Randy Moss!

The 14-year wide receiver made a cameo appearance for the San Francisco 49ers in their win over the Arizona Cardinals, catching a pass and striding 47 yards for a touchdown on Monday Night Football as he's done 17 times before.

Anytime the future Hall of Famer catches a long touchdown pass or has a good game, fantasy owners start waxing nostalgic, and the next thing you know you're popping onto the Internet to check Moss' stats for the season.

Therein lies the problem. If you have to check his stats, then odds are he's not worth a spot on your fantasy team.

As a matter of fact, if you check those stats by looking at the NFL's leading wide receivers, then you're going to be searching for a while, as Moss has been all but invisible in his first season in the Bay Area.

The 35-year-old has averaged a fairly impressive 15.7 yards a catch in 2012, and that average will jump after tonight's long score, but that was Moss' only reception in the ballgame and he has only 13 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns for the season.

Simply put, Moss just isn't a big part of the 49ers' game plan. He isn't seeing the playing time, much less the targets to merit any sort of fantasy consideration.

However, to his credit, Moss has accepted his reduced role in San Francisco without the pouting and grousing that marred his stays with the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans and his short-lived second stint with the Minnesota Vikings.

So, watch his career highlights and reminisce about how Moss was such a force in fantasy football for over a decade.

But leave him on the waiver wire. At this point that's where he belongs.