Fantasy watch: Stop-gap pickup for Julio Jones owners

October 10, 2013

Wide receiver Santana Moss (89) is a viable start this week in a matchup against Dallas in which he has thrived. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

With the news Julio Jones is out for the season with a fractured foot, owners of the top-five fantasy wide receiver have begun to look elsewhere for reinforcements. Harry Douglas, the Falcons’ slot receiver, has been a popular waiver wire addition, but he’s not nearly the outside threat Jones was.

And considering Douglas a distant third option in the passing game behind Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, there’s certainly no guarantee of enough targets to make him a viable start on a consistent basis.

There’s no easy solution for Jones owners as to which wide receiver among those readily available on the waiver wire makes the most sense, but for this week — and this week only — I present to you Santana Moss.

Yes, 33-year-old Santana Moss of the 1-3 Washington Redskins.

Although his numbers have been pedestrian this season, Moss has a highly favorable matchup against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. For starters, the Cowboys have the second-worst pass defense in the NFL, allowing 326.4 yards per game and a league-high 14 passing touchdowns.

But Moss, for whatever reason, thrives against the Cowboys on the road. Over his past six games in Dallas, Moss has averaged 6.5 receptions for 81.3 yards with four touchdowns overall. In his past three road games against Dallas, Moss has three touchdown receptions and is averaging 6.3 catches for 61.3 yards.

There’s also no doubt the Cowboys are going to try to limit No. 1 wide receiver Pierre Garcon, which means Moss should have room over the middle in one-on-one coverage against less-capable cornerbacks.

All this isn’t meant to suggest Moss can be a reliable WR2 or regular flex down the road. But for one week, Jones owners may want to consider Moss as an outside-the-box start and watch for potential fireworks.

Now to a few questions from the Twitter-verse:

— Oz (@OBtoojiveforyou) October 9, 2013

I’m on the Pryor bandwagon, especially with the Oakland Raiders coming off a bye week. The Kansas City Chiefs are rolling, and Arrowhead is a really difficult place to play, but I like Pryor in that environment more than Foles, who’s lack of mobility limits Chip Kelly’s offense.

Bell owners didn’t have to wait long to get production out of the rookie, who had been out until last week because of a foot injury suffered in the second preseason game. He scored two touchdowns in his first game and is a RB2 worth keeping on your roster since he’s guaranteed touches if for no other reason than the Steelers really have no other alternative.

Have a fantasy football question? Tweet at Gene Wang at @gene_wang.

What’s ahead:

● Mark Bullock checks in with a new Outsider, and Mike Jones and Mark Maske have news from Redskins Park.

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Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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