Fantasy Football 2013: Lance Moore Is Vastly Underrated
Did you know that Lance Moore finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in 2012? Number 19, to be exact. I feel like not too many people realize how productive Moore continues to be for the New Orleans Saints, and alongside Marques Colston, the two serve as one of the most underrated wide receiving corps in all of football. However, I’ve written about Colston more than enough, but it is time to give some recognition to Moore, a guy who continues to be overlooked when it comes to Fantasy Football.
In 2012, Moore posted a career-high in receiving yards with 1,041 yards. He also caught 65 balls for six touchdowns. While those numbers certainly don’t seem otherworldly, like I said, they still were good enough to allow Moore to finish as the number 19 fantasy receiver. He made a ton of big plays for the Saints last season, posting an average yards at the catch of 13.5, which ranked second in the league. Despite being just 5’9″, 190 lbs, Moore is a physical guy who can play outside (Colston usually mans the slot), but is also a popular red zone target for quarterback Drew Brees. In 2012, Moore was targeted in the red zone 15 times, which was more than guys like Dez Bryant and Andre Johnson. He also got over 50 percent of the looks when in the red zone, which is a big reason why Moore has been an under the radar touchdown producer over the past few seasons. If you discount 2009 where Moore only played seven games, he has caught an impressive 32 touchdown passes combined between 2008-12. Touchdowns are such a difficult aspect of fantasy to predict, and the fact that Moore continues to score a solid number of them is encouraging. The trust between Moore and Brees is something that can’t be taught. All 36 of Moore’s career touchdown receptions have come from Brees, and the quarterback often isn’t afraid to toss him the ball, even when in double coverage. With Brees under center, Moore will continue to hold fantasy upside. This will be the eighth season the two will be working with one another, which is an underrated aspect of fantasy football in my eyes. Also, while he didn’t play a huge role in the Saints offense in 2012, Devery Henderson is no longer in the mix in New Orleans. He only caught 22 balls on 47 targets, but was often a deep ball favorite of Brees. Anyway, he is gone, which means only more looks for Moore.
The Saints offense surely isn’t afraid to throw the football. Brees has thrown the ball over 650 times in each of the past three seasons, and with head coach Sean Payton back on the sidelines, I don’t expect that to change one bit. The Saints have finished second in passing attempts in each of the past three seasons, so you know they are going to air the ball out a lot.
As of right now, Moore is currently coming off the board as the number 40 wide receiver (via Fantasy Calculator). Grabbing him at that spot is an absolute steal, considering he has the talent and situation to finish as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver. Stop overlooking him. He’s good, you fools.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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