Week Twelve Analysis: Denarius Moore had a shockingly bad outing last week, managing just one catch. After the game, he admitted that he had run wrong routes, and wasn't on the same page as Carson Palmer. Unfortunately, he has a tougher opponent his week, Cincinnati, a sneaky good secondary. Only one team has allowed fewer touchdowns to wide receivers, including none the past two weeks. Plus, the Bengals are one of only two teams in the NFL that have not allowed any player to gain 100 receiving yards this season. They rank 7th-best in yards allowed to wideouts thanks to a deep secondary, spearheaded by Leon Hall. Moore's had a great season, and he's startable just based on his past performances, but know that this isn't as easy a matchup as it sounds.
Week Eleven Analysis: Even before the team's top two running backs were knocked out, the Raiders offense was passing a lot. And no one has benefitted more than Denarius Moore, who has been targeted at least eight times in every game this season. Moore has also scored in five of his last seven games and has topped 65 yards in six of eight. He's been amazingly consistent no matter the quality of opposing defense, and this week he faces possibly the worst of all. The Saints have allowed the most touchdowns per game to wideouts and are allowing the third-most yards to the position, at a whopping 213 yards per game. New Orleans has allowed 79 or more yards to a wide receiver in every game this season.
Week Ten Analysis: What happens when the only real running option on a pass-happy team goes down with an ankle sprain? You pass even more. That's why I love Denarius Moore this week in Baltimore. Carson Palmer is averaging over 41 passing attempts per game, only the Colts, Saints and Lions throw more often. Moore has been targeted eight or more times in every game he's played this season and five of the seven wide receivers who were targeted eight or more times against the Ravens have had more than 85 yards, scored or both.
Week Nine Analysis: Denarius Moore has now scored in four of his last five games. While Moore's ownership percentage has inched up to near 100 percent in most commissioner services, he's still being started in less than half of leagues. What does he have to do, score in five of six games to make your lineup? This exactly what Moore aims to do this week as he takes on a Tampa Bay club that has allowed just about every fantasy-relevant wide receiver to top 100 yards or score on them. Just for fun, here's a list of wideouts who have done exactly that against the Bucs: Percy Harvin, Lance Moore, Marques Colston, Miles Austin, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon LaFell and Steve Smith.
Week Eight Analysis: A hamstring injury that cost him the better part of the first two weeks of the season, followed by an early Week 5 bye, have masked the true value of Denarius Moore. In the four games that he has played a full set of snaps, Moore has been targeted eight or more times in each game and scored in three of four. He is, without a doubt, the best fantasy option at wide receiver in Oakland, and is actually available in a lot of leagues. He might not be for long though, as this week he takes on a Kansas City club that made Josh Freeman look like Joe Montana in their last outing. The Tampa trio of wide receivers caught ten balls for 247 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs in their last game.
Week Seven Analysis: In Atlanta last week, the Raiders surprised everyone by making it a game with the Falcons. Much of that had to do with Denarius Moore coming up with his best game of the season. Moore had five catches, 104 yards and his second score of the year while battling with the overrated Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson. This week the matchup is much friendlier as he faces Jacksonville. The Jags have allowed a wide receiver to top 110 yards and score in each of their last three games. If any Oakland wideout has a chance to do that, it's Moore.