Denarius Moore scores again for Raiders, fantasy owners

Jamie Squire

The wide receiver appears to have a strong connection with quarterback Terrelle Pryor. We break down the fantasy implications.

From Week 11 of 2012 through Week 2 of this season, Oakland Raider wide receiver Denarius Moore averaged only 23.2 receiving yards per game. In the four games since, that number has risen to 89, including his 82 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Moore's 82 yards, five receptions, and ten targets Sunday all led the Raiders. His 39-yard touchdown connection with quarterback Terrelle Pryor accounted for Oakland's lone score of the game.

Fantasy impact: It's true that the "23.2 yards" stat listed above is a bit of fun with arbitrary endpoints (he averaged almost 72 yards per game last year before that point), but it's also true that Moore never really seemed to gel with 2012 quarterback Carson Palmer. With Pryor, Moore has been the leading receiver the Raiders had hoped he would be, with four touchdowns and 399 yards so far this season.

After the team's bye this week, they have three straight against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and the New York Giants. In other words: Moore is a very appealing starting option for the next few weeks.

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