Fantasy lovers beware......
Fantasy football that is. I was just watching ESPN when I heard Michael Irvin talking strategy.
He said Jerry Porter
was the best route runner for the Raiders. Well, my ears perked up like Apollo and I wondered “what about Moss ?”
So I started thinking about it and came to agree with him. Last year Moss had his lowest reception total of his career (except in 2004 when he only played 13 games). Oakland ran the West Coast offense, which isn’t it a haven for receivers? Jerry Rice
became well, Jerry Rice in it didn’t he?
When I did more studying of this offense I came across this quote “The West Coast Offense, on the contrary, stipulates that a defense must first be stretched with a short, horizontal passing attack that features sharp, precisely-run pass patterns by the receivers”
In Joey Lawrencevoice: WHOA! Jerry Porter had his best year last season reception wise with 76. Through 2002-2005 here are Porters catches: 51,28,64, and 76 (the 28 were made in 10 games, his shortest season. Get this, if his stats are increasing, why are Moss’ dropping.
Lets take a look: In Minnesota Moss was a beast earning Pro-Bowl honors 5 out of 7 seasons. If he cant run routes, then how did he get these crazy stats? Well if you watch football, then you know how Moss and Culpepper
connected in a way Irvin described as “street ball” where the QB chunks it up and the WR gets it.
Right now your probably picturing Moss blasting by a defender with his hand up. So its true, Moss never did run precise routes. Because of this, barring some unseen activity, Moss IS NOT a fantasy threat. But hey, there is something NO receiver has on Moss…a smoothie chain.
If you’re looking for a fantasy WR then take one of these gents: (in no order)