Fantasy Football: 3 Must-Start Wide Receivers in Week 9
By Alex Hall (@AlexKHall)
As the fantasy football seasons continues to trek on, each victory becomes more and more
important to those managers in the playoff hunt. With bye weeks still plaguing rosters and so
many inconsistent players out there, here are three wide receivers you can count on this week.
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are not the most high-flying offense in the NFL but you wouldn’t know that by looking at Denarius Moore’s stat line. The Tennessee alum has posted three games with 67 or more yards this season in six games played along with four touchdown receptions.
The simple fact of the matter is the Raiders are not exactly flushed with talent at the wide receiver position. Behind Moore on the depth chart are notorious underachiever Darrius Heyward-Bey along with the unproven Rod Streater.
If Oakland wants to stretch the field and show off quarterback Carson Palmer’s arm, chances are the play is designed for Moore to be the primary target. That means big numbers for fantasy owners.
The Raiders’ No. 1 receiver has also been Palmer’s favorite red zone target. Moore’s four touchdowns accounts for all but five of the quarterbacks touchdown passes in 2012.
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are not staring at the record they were hoping for at this point this season at 3-4, but that under .500 record is not due to the efforts of Miles Austin.
The veteran receiver has posted just one game with less than four receptions this year and has only three games with less than 70 yards to his name. Like Moore, he’s also been a red zone favorite for his quarterback with four touchdowns so far this year.
Dallas will be taking on a tough Atlanta Falcons defense this Sunday, who rank 10th in passing defense. Still, the Cowboys offense isn’t exactly easy to slow down when its working as good as it looks on paper.
Over the past few games, the Cowboys have begun to show a more consistent and deadly offense with Austin being a big part of that. He’s had a touchdown in two of the team’s last four games and two with over 90 yards receiving. If any Dallas receiver is going to have a productive Week 9, it’s Austin.
Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers acquired Jackson this past offseason for one reason and one reason only: to feed him the football. So far this year, he has 29 receptions for more than 600 yards. At this pace, he could record receiving yards north of 1,200 on the year.
The former San Diego Charger is just one game removed from his seven-catch, 216-yard game against New Orleans and is facing the Raiders’ 20th ranked passing D.
Jackson has been an absolute beast for the Tampa offense with five touchdowns already this season and three games with 100 or more yards receiving. Oakland may have a tough defensive line and a decent linebacking corps, but the hole in its defense lies in the secondary; which Jackson and the Bucs offense will obviously look to exploit this week.
Out of all three of these receivers, Jackson might not be the safest pick, but he’s the one that has the best chance to score your team the most amount of points.