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Moore, Young rising
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Second-year receivers Denarius Moore of the Oakland Raiders and Titus Young of the Detroit Lions stand at just 6-feet, 195 pounds and 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, respectively, but both came up big in Week 8 and should factor huge in the second half of the season.

Moore caught five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs, his third straight game with a score. In six games this season, Moore has 26 receptions, 419 yards and four TDs after missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury.

The Raiders speedster has been very consistent for fantasy owners, posting yardage totals of 71 and 67 in the two games he didn't catch a touchdown.

Moore has received at least eight targets in every game he's played. And while Carson Palmer is no longer an elite NFL passer, he's still competent enough -- he has thrown for 200-plus yards in every game this season, is completing 60.7 percent of his passes and averaging 7.2 yards per attempt.

Still, it seems like Moore is going under the radar, perhaps because the Oakland Raiders haven't had a relevant fantasy star not named Darren McFadden for quite awhile (Randy Moss in 2005?). That means he is likely available for a haul well below his actual value.

Young, meanwhile, was a popular preseason sleeper pick who didn't show up early this season due to immaturity and the presence of Nate Burleson.

He seemingly tried to combat the maturity issues by putting "Sr." on the back of his jersey after the birth of his son, Titus Jr., but couldn't pass Burleson on the depth chart.

In his first five games, Young caught just 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, numbers that were boosted by a fluke 46-yard Hail Mary touchdown catch at the end of regulation in Week 3 versus the Tennessee Titans on a ball that was tipped into his hands.

However, Young was thrust into the spotlight opposite Calvin Johnson when Burleson broke his leg in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

The 23-year-old caught six balls for 81 yards in that game and I touted him as a sleeper for Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. I figured Johnson would see extra attention as usual, leaving Young to work with single coverage on the other side.

Johnson's knee injury made him less effective than usual, allowing Young to post his best game of the season -- 9 receptions, 100 yards, 2 TDs.

Despite Johnson not catching his first pass until late in the third quarter and finishing with just three receptions, the Lions' passing offense looked as good as it has all season. Matthew Stafford completed 34-of-49 for 352 yards and three scores and Detroit beat Seattle in a tightly contested matchup.

Johnson will continue to see double and triple coverage, especially once his knee is 100 percent healthy, so Young is going to be an important weapon for Stafford the rest of the season to ensure that Detroit's offense doesn't completely check out when Stafford can't get the ball to Johnson.

Burleson saw eight targets per game in Detroit's first five games of the season so that should tell you exactly how Young is going to be used.

I'll be making a strong push to acquire both Moore and Young this week since I think both will be top-20 receiving options for the remainder of the season.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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