Denarius Moore missed most of the preseason and Training Camp with hamstring problems, despite initially suffering the injury in June, and now it sounds like he’ll be a game time decision. If he doesn’t start, undrafted free agent Rod Streater, an offseason standout, would start as Jacoby Ford is also out with a foot injury. The problem for Moore owners in fantasy football is that this game is on Monday Night, so if you put him in your lineup, your options to replace him before the game will be very limited.
It’s not worth starting him unless you also own one of the two San Diego receivers (Malcom Floyd and Robert Meachem) or teammate Darrius Heyward-Bey. As good as Streater was this preseason, he’s still not a true handcuff for Moore. Even if I did own one of those players, I still probably wouldn’t start Moore because hamstring problems tend to linger and can limit your abilities noticable, even if you do play, especially for a speed receiver like Moore.
Moore is incredibly talented. In 6 healthy games with Carson Palmer last year, not including the Kansas City game where Palmer played but didn’t start, Moore caught 19 passes for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns, good for 51 catches for 1083 yards and 8 touchdowns over 16 games and that was as a 5th round rookie. However, he missed 3 games with injury last year and now this. On top of those injuries, he needs to become more consistent on a game to game basis. Still, all the tools are there for him.