Fantasy Football Player Outlook: Matt Moore

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIAugust 2, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers drops back against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Matt Moore is one of those players that came out of relative obscurity to have a great season in the minimal playing time he received. Despite having that type of a season, should Moore be considered as a legitimate option in fantasy football?  Here is Matt Moore's fantasy outlook for the 2010-11 season. 

There are many risks involved with number three, one of which involves Panthers draft pick Jimmy Clausen. Clausen, who by many draft experts was a projected first round pick, fell into Carolina's lap with the 48th pick.

Jimmy has many strengths in his arsenal, such as the ability to throw the ball deep, read defenses, and do one thing in particular that should be Moore's main focus in improving this offseason: throwing accuracy.

Moore had a reputation of throwing into tight coverage at Oregon State, resulting in 26 interceptions in his career, including 19 in the 2005 season.

It seemed like Moore was on the right path to fixing that issue last season when he threw only two interceptions in five starts. But once again, this is where his minimal experience comes into play because next year will be his first year as a starter.

So how will Moore perform fantasy-wise next season?

He showed flashes of brilliance during his tenure as the starter last season averaging 13.2 Fantasy PPG*; an outstanding total for any quarterback, and one I believe will carry over to next season. Moore and wide receiver Steve Smith make a lethal combination in fantasy, and with Moore already having a legitimate deep threat, look for the quarterback to potentially light up fantasy scoreboards next season as long as he beats out Jimmy Clausen for the entire season.

But here's the catch. Will he remain the starter for the entire season?

I think Moore will be the starter to start out the season, but unless he produces a good record in the first portion, 3-1 for example, look for Moore to be out of a starting position. But with Steve Smith as a reliable big play threat and with the addition of rookie WR Brandon LaFell, look for the Panthers to start the season strong and for Moore to keep his job while at the same time producing decent fantasy numbers.

Now don't expect Moore to save your team, but look for him to be a role player by scoring 9-12 FPPG. In addition, I would advise you not to draft Moore but instead acquire him via the waiver wire. In terms of actually what to do with Matt, if you are in a two QB league, look to use him sparingly throughout the season if you need those valuable few points towards the last few games.

If you are in a dynasty league he could be a valuable option down the road, so look to keep him unless your final keeper decision is down to Chad Henne or Moore. 

Overall, Moore could be a viable option in dynasty and two quarterback leagues, but do not look for him to become the next Tom Brady anytime soon.

*PPG are based on ESPN Fantasy Football's Standard Scoring system.