NFL Fantasy football: Moss leading the pack

It’s official: SiriusXM NFL radio’s Rich Gannon stated that when speaking to Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers coach admitted wide receiver Randy Moss is “our best receiver right now.” From players to now the head coach, Moss has garnered nothing but praise since his first workout with the team. More eye-opening than his ascendance atop the depth chart is what was stated in reference to teammate Michael Crabtree. Gannon states in conversation with Harbaugh that “it’s brought guys like (Michael) Crabtree, who’d hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys, now they’re sitting up front with Randy Moss … they don’t have the hoodies on anymore. They’re alert. They’re paying attention.” Now fantasy owners have a better understanding of why Crabtree has been a disappointment. Though Moss has not been taken too seriously in fantasy circles because of his poor performances since leaving the Patriots, his stock is likely to rise. Still, the Niners won’t become a vertical passing team because of his presence. Moss’ value will come in the red zone, so err on the side of caution and select him as a No. 3 WR in fantasy drafts.

Promises, promises: Speaking with the Buffalo Bills’ official website, coach Chan Gailey promised “we will not make everybody happy.” Reports of running back C.J. Spiller becoming more involved in the offense were given further credence when the coach added “the only thing that will make everybody happy is winning. That’s what the goal is, to come up with plans that incorporate everybody’s abilities that allow us to win.” For fantasy owners, the key word here is “everybody.” After Spiller’s solid performance in the final six games last year, the prospect of Fred Jackson carrying a heavy load do not look good. Though the veteran is safest taken as a No. 2 RB in fantasy drafts, he still carries good value. Six games is hardly a proven track record for Spiller, so should he falter, the potential for Jackson to see increased touches as the season progresses is a possibility.

A new meaning: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald defined a new meaning for “DWI” after stating rookie Michael Floyd “Don’t want it.” The charge came after Floyd missed three of the veteran’s offseason workouts. Though Floyd attended Tuesday’s practice, reports from OTAs were that Andre Roberts, Stephen Williams and Early Doucet are the front-runners to fill the depth chart behind Fitzgerald. Regardless of how things shake out during training camp, Fitzgerald is the only receiver which can be trusted to make an impact in fantasy land. The rest should be considered for depth, but keep expectations low, especially for a rookie who’s been slow to impress thus far.

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