Week 10 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Santana Moss

By Brad Berreman
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Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss has basically not been fantasy relevant at all since 2010, when he had 93 receptions for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns. He did not equal that catch total in 2011 and 2012 combined (87), with less than 600 yards in both seasons, though he did have eight touchdowns last season. Moss has just 20 catches for 236 yards and one touchdown in eight games so far this season, with 15 receptions over the first three games and a high of seven catches for 77 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 3.

A favorable matchup is coming in Week 10 against the Minnesota Vikings, so could Moss turn back the clock a bit and be a fantasy contributor?

Minnesota enters the week allowing 24.1 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (ninth-most in the league, ESPN scoring), including at least one touchdown to the position in each of their last seven games and 122 receptions overall (15.3 per game). Add in injuries that will thin and hamper a secondary that already lacks proven talent, and the Redskins’ passing game is in line for a productive game on Thursday night.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed are the top two targets for quarterback Robert Griffin III, but beyond that there should be room for someone else to produce with Leonard Hankerson dealing with a hamstring injury on a short week and Aldrick Robinson at best a situational deep threat.

Moss is only worth considering as a one-week plug and play in very deep leagues this week, and he is only a viable option as a WR3 or flex even in that scenario. That said, owners in deep PPR leagues could find Moss to be an intriguing risk-reward option, since it would not be shocking to see him be targeted a lot.

Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.


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