The 33-year-old Moss is entering his fourth season with the New England Patriots. Over his first three seasons in
Last season, Moss proved that he is still one of the elite wide receivers in the league, grabbing 88 balls for 1,339 yards and 13 scores. Among all receivers last year, Moss finished second in scoring.
Moss also is playing for a new contract. Given his age and long service in the league, the
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that Welker is out for the first six games, the play of Julian Edelman, Taylor Price and others will dictate early season success for Moss. Finally, Moss has always been known for taking plays off and subsequently quitting on his team. If he struggles early on, he may mentally check out and post up Oakland Raider Randy numbers.
Fantasy Sharks projection:
85 catches, 1,250 yards, 11 TD
Fitzgerald may be the most physically gifted receiver in football. Since 2005, the 6-foot-3
Kurt Warner has finally retired. With him, Warner takes his consistent play and possibly some of Fitzgerald’s touchdown grabs. Once again, Matt Leinart will attempt to win the starting quarterback position in the desert. While Leinart’s career numbers aren’t sexy, 14 touchdowns to 22 interceptions, he enjoyed a lot of success at USC (37-2 record as a starter).
Along with Warner, Anquan Boldin also left the desert. With Boldin’s departure, the Cardinals will need either Steve Breaston or Early Doucet to step up. Early season play of both receivers, coupled with stability from Leinart, is critical to Fitzgerald’s success in 2010.
Fantasy Sharks Projection:
95 catches, 1,050 yards, 12 TD
Is there a more consistent receiver than
Over the final five weeks of the regular season,
Also, the emergence of Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie and the return of Anthony Gonzalez should scale back Wayne’s targets. Finally, at times last season, Dallas Clark, not
Fantasy Sharks Projection: 100 catches, 1,250 yards, 10 TD
Regardless of format, Moss is the second receiver off my board. His splits with the Patriots are out-of-this-world and he’s once again playing in a contract year. It doesn’t hurt either that Tom Brady may be joining him as a free agent next season.
Moss will not need to adapt to the growing pains of a new quarterback like Fitzgerald does nor will he have four other able bodied receivers cutting into his targets like Wayne will. To me, he’s the best pick as the No. 2 fantasy wide receiver in 2010.