Here is the next article in our series we are referring to as Deep Impact, where we at Razzball will examine players who are tucked away deep in the player projections, and are bound to surpass their underwhelming expectations. The benefit of these players, aside from showing off your fantasy football prowess, is that they are often available on your fantasy league waiver wire and can provide relief to owners looking for quality talent in deeper formats.

The player we will be focusing on is Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore. While any fantasy football analyst with any common sense would have warned you against ANY Oakland receivers with the unimpressive Matt Schaub under center, there is a new sheriff in town. Just days ago, Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen finally came to his senses and announced that rookie quarterback Derek Carr will be the team’s starter for week 1 against the New York Jets. Moments later, the entire city of Oakland simultaneously rejoiced.

It’s nothing against Schaub personally, he’s probably a great guy, but the fact of the matter is that at this point in his career, he brings very little excitement to the NFL’s most important position. Nobody on Oakland’s sideline had the impression that Schaub could lead them to victory on a consistent basis and therefore he was benched for an exciting new future. Now, don’t get me wrong, Carr will take his lumps this season, but he will also make a lot of throws Schaub never could and that’s where Denarius Moore comes in.

Throughout the 2014 NFL Preseason, Carr and Moore have developed an impressive chemistry. There were even times the Raiders duo took it to the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks first-string defense. How did he do it? Fearlessness. Derek Carr is a gunslinger, just like Tony Romo before him and Brett Favre before him and that means more opportunities for Oakland’s receivers.

Everyone knows receiver James Jones was brought in via free agency this offseason to help spark the Raiders receiving core, and of course Rod Streater is still in town, but the player who may have the most upside – particularly fantasy-wise – is Denarius Moore. His ridiculous athleticism and ability to separate from coverage will make him a clean target for Carr this year.

Plus, James Jones and/or Streater will help Moore continue to see an abundance of one-on-one situations. With a rebuilding and relatively unfamiliar cast in Oakland this season, it’s quite possible that the Raiders will air the ball out regularly this season, which means Moore could be a solid waiver wire acquisition for people looking to add a receiver with upside. Additionally, his deep threat ability and early rapport with Oakland’s new franchise quarterback gives Moore solid Dynasty or Keeper league value. Sadly, he is only owned in 6% of Yahoo Sports fantasy leagues while currently being ranked as the 195th best offensive player.

 

Jarrod Patterson is a Sports Writer for Razzball.com as well as RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_M_Patterson or Facebook or add him to your network on Google  

 

  1. Brandon says:
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    You have convinced me! I think Moore is poised to have a big first game against the jets exposed secondary.

    Here is my conundrum:
    Should I start Moore in week 1 over Mike Wallace, Kendal Wright and Jeremy Maclin?

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Brandon: Not sure I could start him over Maclin, Philly’s offense should be primed for a solid performance against Jacksonville. It’s definitely a tough call though, I honestly think Oakland’s offense could surprise this week. As you said, the jets secondary is sketchy at best! But their front seven is VERY good still. I think for week one, I’d rank them like this: 1. Maclin 2. Moore 3. Wallace 4. Wright …but as I said before, definitely a tough call! Good luck this week and thanks for reading!!

  2. Nick says:
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    Nice write-up. I’m a 49ers fan, but have Carr, Moore, and Streater all on my waiver watch list.

    Question: I had to autodraft in one of my leagues (I know, don’t ask) and ended up with Jimmy Graham and Charles Clay as my tight ends. I’d honestly rather have Travis Kelce as my backup TE, but I’m afraid to drop Clay right now. Thoughts? Thanks

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Nick: I COMPLETELY understand the fascination with Travis Kelce as a backup TE. Personally, I’ve considered it myself. However, Clay is an absolutely DYNAMIC option for Miami’s offense. His versatility makes him one of the most targeted players in that offense, and with Bill Lazor now offensive coordinator for the Dolphins, I’d definitely hold on to Clay. While you may be looking at your computer right now like I’m crazy, I honestly believe Charles Clay will perform like a top-10 TE throughout the entirety of this year, and therefore would be the better backup for Jimmy Graham, especially if you have the ability to start two TE’s in your league. If your bench is deep enough, consider adding Kelce and keeping Clay, but IMO, keep Clay. Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Jarrod: it’s not crazy, what seems more crazy is how almost everybody i know is thinking all of a sudden a TE in an alex smith or andy reid offense will be good. I’m pretty sure nobody named anything other than charles had very little fantasy value last year. Go ask whoever had to own their TE or Bowe last year. Clay meanwhile was quite useful. People take way too much stock in preseason stats (or at least enough of them do to convince a good chunk of the others). We need Grey over here with his yearly preseason warning post (which i’m pretty sure is almost exactly the same every year, i mean nearly word for word). It may not apply as much in football, but i’m sure it does overall.

        • Mordacious Levator says:
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          @Mordacious Levator: that charles sentence should read “…named other than Charles had very much fantasy value”. now it’s what i meant.

  3. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Jarrod
    I have a general deep league strategy question for you. In a 14 team league with 10 bench spots should I consider owning more than one defense? Normally I draft a defense last and stream for good matchups but I dont think there will be any decent defenses available. What do you think?

    • Jarrod

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      @Wacha Wacha: WOW! 14 teams and 10 bench players? You are a trooper my friend!! In these unusual circumstances, I would definitely draft a second defense. There is no way to stock pile 10 viable options on your bench that you would consider week to week, getting a solid no. 2 defense makes a lot of sense here. In standard formats, obviously, I agree with keeping one solid defense and playing the waiver wire however. Hope that helps, Good luck!!

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Jarrod: i agree with above, but if you are doing that, make sure you aren’t one of those guys who goes rounds above late ones to grab the so-called top 3 guys, and then think you need a backup. If you drafted SEA, your bench spots are likely better spent grabbing guys who could go off (backups/rookies/sleepers). In a league with that many bench spots if/when an injury occurs to some RB, they pretty much all will be owned, and you’d be better off if you had as many of those as possible. If you know in advance of draft about drafting 2 defenses, you could do really cool planning and look at an entire league schedule, pairing 2 relatively cheap defenses, so that at least one of them has a great matchup each and every week. You could end up Al Frankensteining a top 4 defense this way. I think Jay mentioned something to this effect somewhere as well.

  4. Drew says:
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    Morning Jarrod,

    Hope your week 1 goes off with a bang!

    I picked up Donnie Avery and threw him in the Flex option. I don’t know if i should leave him in there or throw in Knowshon Moreno, Danny Amendola or Danny Woodhead. Your thoughts?

    Thanks man.

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