Randy Moss to 49ers: Fantasy Impact
This was a surprising move by the 49ers but coach Harbuagh should have the personality to reign in the historically mercurial Moss.
This is an excellent signing for the 49ers offense which now has two elite deep threats in Vernon Davis and Randy Moss. We are not sure Alex Smith will be able to keep all of his receiving weapons happy, but it is also possible that Moss takes Alex Smith’s game to a level most NFL pundits never thought possible following consecutive disappointing seasons from Smith prior to last years breakout campaign.
Randy Moss – Moss is a good fit for an offense that desperately needed a legit deep threat to keep opposing defense honest and to allow Vernon Davis more room to operate. Frank Gore and the run game will find more open lanes and Michael Crabtree can shine in the number two role his skill set is more ideally suited for. Moss projects as a WR2 with a flex floor.
Alex Smith – Alex Smith if and when he re-signs is set up for a career year in every statistical category as he has three receivers that should top 1,000 yards receiving on the season in Moss, Davis and Smith. His red-zone arsenal is now among the most dangerous in the league and as long as he can keep Moss happy the 49ers should find themselves back in the playoffs.
Michael Crabtree – Crabtree will get to play number two receiver and focus on the short to intermediate routes he excels at. The deep ball will be reserved for Moss and Davis and this offense just got dynamic in a hurry. Crabtree projects as a flex in standard leagues and a potential WR3 in PPR formats.
Frank Gore/Kendall Hunter – The 49ers run game gets a big boost with news that the box will never be stacked against the run so long as Randy Moss is healthy. This may mean less overall touches for the running backs, but for a player like Gore who has seen stacked boxes most of his career, this presents an opportunity to get closer to his career high ypc in 2006-2007 of 5.4 yards per carry versus the pedestrian 4.3 he put up the last two years.
Vernon Davis: Vernon Davis sees a slight downgrade in fantasy value with Moss in town to eat up targets, especially downfield. With that said Davis is a special talent and will still produce as a TE1 in 2012.
Written by Win My Fantasy League Senior Sports Writer/Fantasy Sports Analyst Raju Byfield (Rizzla).