Randy Moss Fantasy News

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:38am

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns WR Nate Burleson, who's played with the likes of Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson, knows there are no superstars in the bunch without Gordon, but says that coach Mike Pettine's "receiver-by-committee" plan is sound. It features 12th-year pro Burleson; two-time Pro Bowler Miles Austin; Anthony Armstrong, who played for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington; and Andrew Hawkins, who's itching to break out of the shadows of A.J Green and Co. in Cincinnati, where he played last season.

"I think we've got some pieces to the puzzle that can be really powerful,'' said Burleson. "We've got some guys that can go up and get it. Miles is a beast, man. He looks like a linebacker and he's fast, he's strong, he snatches everything. You've got guys at one point were top five. Miles was, man! He's come out here these last couple of days and shown why he was so good here in Dallas, and he wants to prove that he can stay healthy and make plays."

Fantasy Impact:

Browns receivers are confident they'll be ok without Gordon if it comes to that. But from a fantasy perspective, owners are just going to have to wait and see. They aren't seeing a lot of action in typical drafts so these guys will likely end up as waiver wire targets. The QB situation could also play a role. Brian Hoyer looked pretty good in limited action last year and Johnny Manziel is a wild card. In terms of receivers, TE Jordan Cameron looks to have the most value at this point.

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49ers looking to improve passing game

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:01pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

The No. 1 mission of this 49ers training camp: boosting the Colin Kaepernick-led passing attack.

The 49ers tout the deepest receiving corps of Harbaugh's four-year tenure, and they have arguably the league's best offensive line.

The 49ers clearly realized he couldn't improve the passing attack without better targets.

"We're a lot deeper at receiver," starter Anquan Boldin said.

First, the 49ers acquired San Francisco native Stevie Johnson in a draft-day trade with Buffalo. They lured Brandon Lloyd out of a one-year hiatus (as they did with Randy Moss in 2012). And they drafted speedster Bruce Ellington in the fourth round out of South Carolina.

"It gives us an opportunity as an offense to do a lot more," Kaepernick said. "You have a lot of weapons that you can put in a lot of different places. ... They all have the capability of getting open and making plays."

Fantasy Impact:

In his last 18 games with Crabtree in the lineup, Kaepernick has averaged 20.9 FP, which equate to #3 QB numbers. In 11 games without Crabtree, he averaged 16.1 FP. He averages 2.5 more pass attempts (i.e. the 49ers throw the ball more) and his YPA jumps from 7.4 to 8.4 with his top receiver in the lineup. The potential Vernon Davis holdout is a concern, but with Johnson in the fold, the 49ers are deep at receiver.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:11pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Tennessee's players and coaches are won over, with receivers aide Shawn Jefferson talking up Justin Hunter as the one who could carry the Titans into the playoffs, while fellow wideout Michael Preston turned heads this offseason by calling Hunter a young Randy Moss -- a claim he didn't back away from Monday.

"I know how great a player Randy Moss was, and in my mind, there's no reason Justin can't be the next greatest player," Preston told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "... I just want to be there to support him. I know he's going to grow, make a great leap this year, and impress the city and fans with his talent."

With Kenny Britt out of the way, Hunter owns a legitimate chance to make an impact come September. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell called him "the most intriguing" and "physically talented" wideout in last year's draft -- and his game tape is speckled with flashes of brilliance -- but comparisons to a rock-solid future Hall of Famer are wildly premature.

Fantasy Impact:

As a rookie, Hunter checked in with the #18 FP/T (1.41), which is encouraging, especially if he’s able to beat out Nate Washington and get on the field as more than a just a passing-down specialist. He only played 36% of the team’s snaps, while Washington played 82%. The good news is that under then-OC Ken Whisenhunt, Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal all played at least 67% of the Chargers’ snaps. So with Whiz calling the plays in Tennessee, there may be room for both Washington and Hunter in the lineup.

Dez Bryant and Tony Romo "have incredible chemistry"

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 1:01pm

Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is just, well, it's hard to describe. He beat cornerback Morris Claiborne on four plays in the one-on-one passing drill. In the team period, Bryant caught a back-shoulder fade from Tony Romo against Brandon Carr. The pass hit Bryant in the cuff of the arm. It seemed as if Bryant saw the ball at the last minute and it just stuck to his body. Bryant and QB Tony Romo have incredible chemistry right now.

Wide receiver Miles Austin continues to struggle. He allowed Sean Lee to knock a pass out of his hands, the second consecutive day that's happened. Austin is running hard but is struggling a little bit when it comes to contested catches. Allen knocked a pass out of Austin's hands in Monday's session.

Fantasy Impact:

The biggest concern with Bryant is what off-the-field trouble he might get into, but he seems to be maturing to a point where that's not much of an issue any longer. His production after the Cowboys' Week 5 bye (5.9-93-1.0) was better than Calvin Johnson's season averages. He averaged 6.3 catches for 110 yards and 1.13 TDs in his last eight games. That projects to 101-1760-18 (or 284 fantasy points) over the course of a 16-game season. Since 2001, only Randy Moss (2003, 2007) and Calvin Johnson (2011) scored more than 260 FP in a season, so Bryant finished on a torrid pace.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 11:06am

ESPN - [Full Article]

A lower-back injury forced Cowboys WR Dez Bryant to leave the season-ending loss to the Washington Redskins, has kept him from running routes this offseason and might prevent him from being ready to fully participate in organized team activities this offseason.

Bryant, who needed a wheelchair to leave FedEx Field that night, said it took him a week to emotionally get over the loss to the Redskins. He has used that feeling as fuel this offseason, when he's been able to lift weights, run straight ahead and catch passes since the cast was removed from his hand.

Fantasy Impact:

The biggest concern with Bryant is what off-the-field trouble he might get into, but he seems to be maturing to a point where that's not much of an issue any longer. His production after the Cowboys' Week 5 bye (5.9-93-1.0) was better than Calvin Johnson's season averages. He averaged 6.3 catches for 110 yards and 1.13 TDs in his last eight games. That projects to 101-1760-18 (or 284 fantasy points) over the course of a 16-game season. Since 2001, only Randy Moss (2003, 2007) and Calvin Johnson (2011) scored more than 260 FP in a season, so Bryant finished on a torrid pace. He's likely to be a 2nd round pick in 2013.

Dez Bryant continues to mature

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, the two biggest faces with the Dallas Cowboys, praised the work of wide receiver Dez Bryant in two separate conversations last week at the NFL owners meetings.

And not just his on-the-field work, but what he's done off the field.

"He's just a really, really good young man," Garrett said. "He's made great strides over the last three years. We feel good about the progress he's made, not only as a player but as a person. We all know from the background from where he came; he's really grown a lot. I think the consistency that he's shown in his personal life spills over and the consistency he's shown as a player and his production he's shown on Sundays. I feel great about his progress and try to stay in touch with him, with all our players."

On Saturday, Bryant made a surprise appearance at a rally against domestic violence in Dallas.

"Is it dreaming to think that we can have a more effective Dez Bryant?" Jones said. "In the sense, Dez just gets better and has a better understanding of what he's doing when he's not getting the ball: How he's helping Miles (Austin) out. How he's helping (Dwayne) Harris out. How he's helping (James) Hanna and how he's helping (Jason) Witten. But he has a better understanding there. I'm looking forward to a more effective Dez Bryant, and everything I'm saying about his work is showing us that."

Fantasy Impact:

The biggest concern with Bryant is what off-the-field trouble he might get into, but he seems to be maturing to a point where that's not much of an issue any longer. His production after the Cowboys' Week 5 bye (5.9-93-1.0) was better than Calvin Johnson's season averages. He averaged 6.3 catches for 110 yards and 1.13 TDs in his last eight games. That projects to 101-1760-18 (or 284 fantasy points) over the course of a 16-game season. Since 2001, only Randy Moss (2003, 2007) and Calvin Johnson (2011) scored more than 260 FP in a season, so Bryant finished on a torrid pace. He's likely to be a 2nd round pick in 2013.

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 10:29am

Randy Moss, Twitter - [Full Article]

Randy Moss indicated on Twitter that he has been informed that he won't be re-signed by the 49ers.

Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:04am

The Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

On Friday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he didn't expect WR Mario Manningham, who suffered an ACL tear in late December, to be ready for the start of training camp. Kyle Williams also had a late-season ACL tear, and Randy Moss and Ted Ginn are unsigned.

Dez Bryant undergoing surgery on finger

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 1:35pm

Dez Bryant, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is having surgery on his finger on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Dez Bryant emerged as a top tier fantasy receiver this season, averaging 6.3 catches for 110 yards and 1.13 TDs in his last eight games. That projects to 101-1760-18 (or 284 fantasy points) over the course of a 16-game season. Since 2001, only Randy Moss (2003, 2007) and Calvin Johnson (2011) scored more than 260 FP in a season, so Bryant finished on a torrid pace. He's likely to be a 2nd round pick in 2013.

No structural damage in Dez Bryant's back

Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Test results revealed no structural damage to the back of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

In the regular-season finale against Washington, Bryant suffered a back injury in the second half and left FedEx Field in a wheelchair. Bryant, diagnosed with back spasms, was using crutches to walk on Tuesday.

The Cowboys' leading receiver also has a fractured left index finger, suffered with three weeks to play in the regular season, and nothing has been determined as to when he'll undergo surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant emerged as a top tier fantasy receiver this season, averaging 6.3 catches for 110 yards and 1.13 TDs in his last eight games. That projects to 101-1760-18 (or 284 fantasy points) over the course of a 16-game season. Since 2001, only Randy Moss (2003, 2007) and Calvin Johnson (2011) scored more than 260 FP in a season, so Bryant finished on a torrid pace. He's likely to be a 2nd round pick in 2013.

Friday, December 28, 2012, 7:20pm

49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17. He tore ligaments in his left knee and is now on injured reserve. Randy Moss will start opposite Michael Crabtree.

49ers place Mario Manningham on IR

Friday, December 28, 2012, 2:44pm

San Francisco 49ers - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers have placed WR Mario Manningham on the Injured Reserve List. Manningham tore his left ACL and PCL.

Fantasy Impact:

Randy Moss will start against the Cardinals on Sunday.

49ers expect to have Vernon Davis back

Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 9:32pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

TE Vernon Davis should be available for the 49ers' regular-season finale against the Cardinals after sustaining a mild concussion Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact:

With Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams lost for the year, Randy Moss is now the team's WR2. Getting production from Davis will be key to a long 49ers playoff run, so perhaps look for them to try to start to get him involved this week.

Randy Moss now 49ers WR2

Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 9:26pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Randy Moss, 35, a 14-year veteran, is now the 49ers' No. 2 wide receiver. In 2010, when he played for three teams, Moss caught 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

This year, Moss has just 26 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdowns, and hasn't caught more than three balls in one game. Michael Crabtree, who is just 67 yards shy of becoming the 49ers' first 1,000-yard receiver since Terrell Owens in 2003, leads the 49ers with 77 receptions and seven touchdowns.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:09pm

49ers WR Mario Manningham (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Thursday and is questionable for Week 16. Randy Moss would see increased snaps if Manningham can't play.