Raiders’ Foster Moreau worth a look



Suddenly, the Raiders tight end paradise is a one-man island. And it isn’t ruled by draft day titan Darren Waller. The one left standing is Foster Moreau.

Waller is listed as “doubtful” after a knee injury in Week 12 against the Cowboys and was described by interim coach Rich Bisaccia earlier this week as “week-to-week,” which is never a good sign the first week of an injury of such a classification. The only reasonable meaning is, “not this week, maybe next week.” If it were possible this week, he could be described as “day-to-day — translation: “not today, but maybe tomorrow.”

That puts Moreau on our radar. We say he is the last tight end standing on the Raiders roster because, well, he essentially is. The only other tight end to record a stat this season is Derek Carrier, who caught two passes in Week 2 and was placed on injured reserve in Week 4.

The combination of Matt Bushman and Nick Bowers have taken a total of 18 offensive snaps all season. Those aren’t players who have appear prepped or ready for a significant role in the offense.

So get prepared for more Moreau. But how much more Moreau? Many are flocking to him to be their fantasy tight end savior after losing a high draft pick. But take into account Waller’s disappointing production. Waller hasn’t been bad, just not nearly as good as expected.

Foster Moreau #87 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up
He’s no Darren Waller, but Foster Moreau could be a better fantasy option than several others.
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He was drafted as the clear-and-away TE2. He currently is tied for fourth in PPR points per game — with Dawson Knox, who routinely went undrafted — and more than two full points a week behind the No. 3, Rob Gronkowski.

Waller has averaged 8.4 targets per game. Moreau has some catching up to do, averaging just 1.9. Their catch rate is similar (63 percent), but Waller has an edge in yards per reception and per target. One weird nugget is Moreau has three touchdowns to Waller’s two this year.

So we don’t expect Moreau’s scoring to increase, but we do expect to see a spike in catches and yards. With new 8.4 targets to spread around let us use a 50 percent benchmark as a loose guide. Let’s say 50 percent of would-be Waller targets go to Moreau, which would be 4.2. Yet, Moreau already is getting 1.9 of those, so we would expect just an additional 2.3. So roughly, we double his expected fantasy output.

Doubling would bump Moreau up from 5.4 per game to 10.8. That’s not bad. That’s Kyle Pitts, Zach Ertz territory. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to start Moreau over those options. We know what we have in Pitts, Ertz, Mike Gesicki. Moreau is still a bit of a mystery.

If our options are a bit scarier — like Noah Fant, Hunter Henry, Tyler Conklin, essentially guys you can’t really rely on anyway. — then we become willing to explore that Isle of Moreau.

Big Weeks

Myles Gaskin RB, Dolphins, vs. Giants (FanDuel $6,400/DraftKings $5,800)

Maybe we’re the last ones afraid of using Gaskin, but we shouldn’t be. With newly acquired Phillip Lindsay having a sore ankle, lingering doubts ebb even more.

Sony Michel WR, Rams, vs. Jaguars (FD $5,300/DK $4,300)

Darrell Henderson Jr.’s thigh problem could cause him to miss the game, or at least curtail his usage if he does play. That creates an opening for Michel to get extra work.

Los Angeles Rams running back Sony Michel (25) runs the ball
Sony Michel

Van Jefferson WR, Rams, vs. Jaguars (FD $5,800/DK $5,300)

Odell Beckham Jr. is dealing with a hip problem. Even if he plays, anticipate Jefferson being more heavily involved, and definitely more effective.

Kyle Pitts TE, Falcons, vs. Buccaneers (FD $6,200/DK $5,600)

He is on a bad stretch — four of five games in single digits. Had a decent Week 2 vs. the Bucs, who rank in the bottom third of the league vs. tight ends.

Small Weeks

Ja’Marr Chase WR, Bengals, vs. Chargers (FD $7,500/DK $7,000)

Has fewer than five catches in three of his past four games. Those types of ebbs and flows aren’t uncommon, but the Chargers have allowed just two TDs by receivers in the past four games, so the ebb might get a tad deeper.

DeAndre Hopkins WR, Cardinals, at Bears (FD $7,200/DK $6,200)

Hasn’t played since Week 8 because of a hamstring injury. If he does return this week, he could have back QB Kyler Murray, who also hasn’t played since Week 8. That a double-rust whammy.

Mark Andrews TE, Ravens, at Steelers (FD $7,300/DK $6,000)

In four career games vs. the Steelers, he has zero touchdowns, and 2.6 fewer yards per reception than and 4.4 percent lower catch rate than his career averages. Only the Chiefs have been as tough on him as frequently.

T.J. Hockenson TE, Lions, vs. Vikings (FD $6,100/DK $5,200)

He has exactly one TD since Week 3, which came last week. The Vikings have allowed exactly one tight end receiving TD, all year.

Fantasy Insanity Daily Duel

Site: FanDuel

Slate: Sun. main (11 games)

Type: $5 tourney

Top prize: $300K

Pot: $1M


QB – Tom Brady (TB, at Atl) $8,100

RB – Jonathan Taylor (Ind, at Hou) $10,500

RB – Cordarrelle Patterson (Atl, vs. TB) $7,400

WR – Mike Evans (TB, at Atl) $7,400

WR – Freddie Swain (SEA, vs. SF) $4,700

WR – Hunter Renfrow (LV, vs. Was) $6,400

TE – Rob Gronkowski (TB, at Atl) $7,000

Flex – Sony Michel – (LAR, vs. Jac) $5,300

DEF – Lions (Det, vs. Min) $3,100


QB – Matthew Stafford (LAR, vs. Jac) $7,800

RB – Jamaal Williams (Det, vs. Min) $6,500

RB – Jonathan Taylor (Ind, at Hou) $10,500

WR – Cooper Kupp (LARvs. Jac) $9,000

WR – Rashod Bateman (Bal, at Pit) $5,500

WR – DeAndre Carter (Was, at LV) $5,400

TE – C.J. Uzomah (Cin, vs. LAC) $5,200

Flex – Antonio Gibson (Was, at LV) $6,200

DEF – Giants (NYG, at Mia) $3,800

Season risked: $96

Season winnings: Jarad $30, Drew $15


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