Moore could be a super sleeper in 2010

With the start of the NFL’s free-agent period (Friday, midnight EST), teams are in a frenzy to place tenders on players in an effort to keep opposing teams from signing them.

For example, the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the Chargers have placed a first- and third-round tender on Darren Sproles. While another team can sign him to an offer sheet, the Chargers would have seven days to match the offer.

If the Chargers decide not to match, they would receive that team’s first- and third-round selections in the NFL Draft.

Seeing talented and established players like Sproles, Ronnie Brown and Brandon Marshall being tendered is not a surprise. But one name that stood out to me was Matt Moore.

The Panthers placed a first- and third-round tender on Moore, a high price for a quarterback who’s started just eight games at the NFL level.

“I’ve never thought that they didn’t think highly of me,” Moore told the Rock Hill Herald. “But something like this speaks loud and clear how they feel. It’s good to know. Carolina is the place to be.”

I agree with Moore wholeheartedly.

The Panthers want to keep him around, and now we know why. The team has decided to release Jake Delhomme, leaving Moore the favorite to start in 2010. He also becomes a viable sleeper candidate.

Over the final three weeks of last season, Moore scored the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks on with an impressive 632 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His best performance came in Week 15, when he made mincemeat of the Vikings for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

He also recorded a 123.3 passer rating in the contest.

While the Panthers use a run-based offense centered around DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, there’s still no reason to believe Moore can’t become a viable No. 2 fantasy option.

With a favorable FPA rating and Steve Smith in the pass attack, Moore is a player to watch heading into drafts.

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