Gathering no Moss: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss has been so impressive during organized team activities and minicamp that insiders are invoking his “Hall of Fame” skills. As NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks points out, “After watching him work out at practice, I was not only impressed with his raw speed, but his burst coming out of breaks. He routinely separated from defenders on crossing routes, and that could encourage the 49ers to use him on more horizontal routes to capitalize on his ability to get outside the defense.” Yes, such praise has been heaved on Moss in the past, but this time around it’s been consistent. Since his signing, coaches and media have repeated the same reports, all of which have been highly positive. It’s understandable fantasy owners will be hesitant to draft Moss given his recent history, but his current late-round value might be too good to pass up. As anyone who has owned Michael Crabtree can attest, the 49ers are not the best team to choose a fantasy wide receiver from. Still, Moss provides a vertical and red-zone threat the team has been lacking. Taking a risk on Moss come draft day could have huge rewards.
Reunited and ignited: Now that he’s been reunited with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes Cutler is “going to have a huge year.” The two played together for three seasons with the Denver Broncos and now will look to recreate their successes. Both players made the Pro Bowl in 2008 and both are now wiser veteran players. With former OC Mike Martz now gone, new OC Mike Tice will stay committed to the ground game but is looking to “mix in explosive pass plays.” The move to Chicago has Marshall slated as a No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy drafts, with Cutler projected as a borderline No. 1 quarterback. Cutler has lacked a true weapon out wide the last few seasons, but the addition of Marshall bodes well for his potential to surpass his current fantasy value.
Bryant top dog?: Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones believes wide receiver Dez Bryant “needs to be a number one receiver.” The return of Miles Austin from an injury-riddled season figures to give the Cowboys one of the better duo’s at the position, but the statement could impact the pecking order. Bryant drastically improved from his rookie year in 2011, totaling 367 more yards and three more touchdowns. However, that was a season in which Austin only played ten games. The fear of each player eating into one another’s fantasy potential leaves them safest drafted as No. 2 wide receivers in fantasy leagues. Between the two, Bryant’s talent and special teams play should have him being the first one taken off the board.
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