September 27, 2008
Each week the Noise will guide desperate, deep-thinking owners into the dark corners of the waiver wire to mine a last-minute diamond. Turn on your helmet light and pack a pickaxe. We're digging for drop-jaw surprises owned in less than 10 percent or started in less than five percent of Yahoo! leagues.
The injury imp's menacing bite has severely handicapped the Saints receiving corps. Out are former Pro Bowl selections Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey. Dependable wideout David Patten, expected to be a game-time decision, could also be sidelined.
Seeing increased looks, Moore stepped up last week to help fill the massive void. Targeted seven times at Denver, the diminutive receiver snagged seven passes for 78 yards. Although smallish in stature, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound wideout has shown marked improvement in several key areas, including route-running, gaining separation and focus. These advancements have Drew Brees' confidence in him growing. Per the Biloxi Sun Herald:
"Lance has done a tremendous job since he's been here especially the last two years filling in wherever he can. He's extremely intelligent, can play every receiver position and he has. Now he's one of those guys that due to injuries we're going to be able to move around quite a bit and he does a very good job of it. For the last few years, I've had all the confidence in the world in him, I really have. He hasn't seemed to get a lot of the opportunities that some of the other guys have until now."
Sean Payton added this week the third-year mitt-flasher could be a major part of the gameplan:
"He's a guy that came up for us big last week. He's consistent and I know he's a guy that the quarterback has a lot of confidence in as do we. He's got real good hands. He's a guy that has to factor in."
Due to the injuries, many pundits project the Saints will install a more balanced offense against San Francisco. But that probably won't happen. Remember this is the NFL's No. 1 passing offense. Despite the setbacks, Brees, who has chucked the pigskin 37.7 times per game this season, will likely throw 32-37 passes. Anticipate at least 7-10 of those attempts to head in Moore's general direction.
Yes, San Francisco is an emerging defense that has allowed just one 60-plus yard receiver this season and the sixth-fewest fantasy points overall to wideouts. But Moore, owned in only five percent of Y! Plus leagues, is an upside bye week filler, especially in PPR leagues.
If you're desperately searching for a viable WR3 in 12-team and deeper leagues, let Sir Lancelot challenge your opponent to an "honor du-el."
Week 4 Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 71 yards, 1 touchdown
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