The Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders wide receivers made fantasy football owners in deep leagues stand up and take notice when they put up some big points on Sunday. But are they just flashes in the pan, or is there some long-term value for either of these deep sleepers? In other words, are they worth a waiver wire add?
David Nelson, WR, Buffalo Bills
The former Florida Gator receiver is big. At 6-5 he's been the recipient of Ryan Fitzpatrick's strong start with 14 catches through the first two games, 10 of which came on Sunday against the Raiders with a nice touchdown catch on top of it.
The good thing for Nelson right now is that the Bills are hurting at wide receiver. Stevie Johnson is fighting a groin injury, which he is going to attempt to play through, which of course puts him at more risk at aggravating it and missing extended time. The Bills other receiver, Roscoe Parrish, is out for the season leaving Nelson with a great chance to continue his success.
And to make his situation even better, the Bills are going to be losing a lot of their games, which means Fitzpatrick is going to have to put the ball in the air a lot and he's already proven he likes tossing the ball to his big target Nelson.
Go get this guy if he's available and start him this week. The Bills play New England this week, which means Team Fitz will be throwing the ball all day long against a Patriots defense that has been a little suspect and can't seem to get off the field through the first two games of the season.
David Nelson Fearless Prediction for Week 3: 7 receptions, 85 yards and a TD.
Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
I like Denarius Moore less than David Nelson, but I still like him. The Raiders have been talking non-stop about how much they love Moore, and they should. He's a big receiver who's not afraid to go up and get the ball. He piled up a lot of yards (146) in Sunday's loss to the Bills, but what scares me a little bit was his number of catches. He only caught five balls, which means he may have gotten a little lucky to get so much yardage. He's not going to average 30 yards a catch every game, and I'd rather have a guy like Nelson, who gets more targets.
The other worrisome factor with Moore is that he only managed five catches when the majority of the Raiders receiving corps was on the bench. Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford were all out of the game, and if Moore was really going to step in and become the primary No. 1 receiver, I would have liked to seen a few more targets and catches for him.
The Raiders, as much as they like Moore, also like Ford and Heyward-Bey (for now). If Moore keeps playing like this he could be a solid WR3/Flex option all year long.
This week would normally be a great play for Moore as Heyward-Bey and Ford are dinged up, but the Raiders play the Jets this week, meaning Moore could find himself on Revis Island, which is never a good thing for fantasy owners.
Denarius Moore Fearless Prediction for Week 3: 4 receptions, 55 yards. 0 Touchdowns
— By Pete Thomas