It wasn’t easy on Sunday, but the Cleveland Browns upended the Baltimore Ravens by a 33-31 score for a critical division win. The Browns started the game off down 14-0 early, but they battled the entire day to come back and get the victory.
Elijah Moore was the only Browns receiver who caught a touchdown, part of a five-catch, 44-yard performance. He has been targeted a good amount recently, but getting that first score of the year was especially significant.
After Sunday’s solid showing, should fantasy football managers consider nabbing Moore off the waiver wire?
Should Moore Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 11?
The Browns have battled all year and are now right in the thick of the AFC North race after the win against the Ravens. At 6-3, the Browns are only a half-game out of first place and tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for second.
Factoring out a win against the Arizona Cardinals two games ago where Moore logged only two targets, the offseason addition has logged at least four looks in the passing game in each contest. And, a big reason why he didn’t see the ball versus Arizona was game script — Cleveland eventually built a sizable lead and didn’t need to remain aggressive offensively.
On the season, Moore is now averaging 6.3 targets per game, and his 57 targets are second on the team to Amari Cooper (72).
The fact he’s consistently garnering the attention of his quarterbacks is critical, as the Browns figure to be involved in plenty of critical games down the stretch this season. Deshaun Watson is showing trust in Moore, and Watson is also coming off his best half of football in a long, long time.
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Watson was 14-of-14 for 134 yards and the touchdown to Moore after halftime in Sunday’s Week 10 win over Baltimore. If Watson can build off this performance and start to resemble the player he was in Houston, that would be great news for Moore’s fantasy prospects.
So, is Sunday’s body of work against the Ravens enough to go get Moore off the waiver wire? Yes.
Moore is a receiver who is capable of a big play, and a big reason he hadn’t gotten in the end zone prior to Sunday was because of the inept play at the quarterback position all year. Having Watson play like he did makes Moore a great player to have on your team, and potentially even in your Flex position.
Up next for the Browns are the Steelers. Obviously, T.J. Watt is highly dangerous as a pass rusher, and the Steelers have several other playmakers on defense. However, Pittsburgh also allows 244.1 yards per game through the air, which ranks 25th, and could still be missing star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (hamstring).
Sunday, the Steelers also saw a linebacker suffer a season-ending injury for the second straight game, as Kwon Alexander went down with a torn Achilles. Pittsburgh has a formidable pass rush, but if Watson is able to get the ball out quickly, there will be a lot of space in the middle of the field.
Go ahead and get Moore off your league’s wire if he’s there. The Browns look like they are starting to hit their stride, so don’t be surprised if Moore rewards the faith in him by getting in the end zone for a second consecutive game in Week 11.
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