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Denarius Moore's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook After Week 3

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 9:  Wide receiver Denarius Moore #17 of the Oakland Raiders takes a catch for a first down against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of a preseason game on August 9, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 19-17.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2013

Did you forget about Denarius Moore after he failed to catch a single pass last week?

Not many guys entering Week 3 with 43 receiving yards are worth fantasy owners' time. Playing for the Oakland Raiders sure makes Moore's case worse.

But he thwarted his way back into consideration after catching a 73-yard touchdown during the first half against the Denver Broncos.

Inconsistency is nothing new for the third-year wideout, who finished with six catches and 124 yards. He netted three games with at least 90 yards and a touchdown last year, but he also recorded three games with just one catch each. 

As ESPN's Fantasy Sports Twitter page tells us, not many owners will benefit from that massive score.

 

You'll never know what you're getting with Moore, especially since Terrelle Pryor has yet to establish a consistent passing game in Oakland. Moore can win you a matchup if you start him at the right time, but he can also vanish and sink your chances.

He is Oakland's premier deep threat, but the team has only succeeded going deep once through three games. If any wide receiver deserves a look in deeper leagues, it's Rob Streater, who should lead the team in receptions despite a quiet outing against Denver.

Those six catches set a new career high for Moore, so he's an all-or-nothing option whose peak isn't high enough to warrant lofty fantasy consideration. In this golden age of premier passing offenses, you can do better at wide receiver.

Don't rely on a guy who needs a big touchdown to salvage fantasy value for the week. Moore is, at best, worth a speculative add.

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