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Can You Start Denarius Moore, Consequence Free?

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I know it’s hard to wrap your mind around the concept- how can Denarius Moore be putting up these numbers? Can I start him in my fantasy league?

I think it has a lot to do with who you are currently starting at wide receiver. If you were starting Kenny Britt and are in a 12 or 14 teamer and there is almost nothing on the waiver wire (like it was for my friend and co-host Major Bradley which we discussed here on the “Major Paul and Paul Show”), a player like Moore is just what the doctor ordered.

In a lot of ways Moore is like the 2011 version of Jacoby Ford. In 2010 Ford scored TD’s in four of the final six games, excluding kick returns. If you include them, he scored TDs in six of his final eight. In two games since entering the starting lineup due to injury, Moore has scored two TDs while averaging four catches and 90 yards per game, plus an additional 48 yards on two rushing plays.

So can you rely on him? This week will give us a pretty good idea.

The Patriots are surprisingly ranked dead last in pass defense. They have also allowed the most plays of 20+ yards so far this season, which bodes well for a big play receiver like Moore.

If you like to gamble and have a questionable match-up with a WR you drafted but aren’t sold on him, throw Moore in there. Otherwise, take a flier and see how this week plays out.