Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore was the 40th-ranked wide receiver in ESPN's preseason rankings this year, with lots of questions about his fantasy viability. Through seven games, though, Moore is on pace for nine touchdowns and almost 1,000 yards. He looks to stay strong against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.
Moore's best game of the season came in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos, when he caught six passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. He also has two games of 80-plus yards and a score, plus a touchdown in Week 1, when he went for only 43 yards. He was held without any receptions (or targets) in Week 2 against Jacksonville, and only caught two passes for 32 yards last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so it hasn't been all good news out of Moore this season.
Fantasy impact: Much of the skepticism about Moore's performance entering the season came from skepticism of his quarterback, Terrelle Pryor; few people would question Moore's athleticism in itself. Pryor has proven himself to be at least not terrible at quarterback, which has been a big part of the reason why Moore has exceeded expectations, as well.
Sunday, the Raiders face a terrible Eagles defense. Moore should be in line for a big game against Philadelphia; he is a good low-end WR2 for Week 9.