UPDATE: Denarius Moore missed practice on Wednesday for the Oakland Raiders via Scott Bair on twitter.
The short answer to that question is yes. But only if you are in a deep league should you consider picking up and playing Andre Holmes. There is also the not-so-small problem of watching how Oakland Raiders’ starting receiver Denarius Moore progresses through his shoulder injury this week. He was targeting week 14 for his return and has missed the past two games. Practice reports have not been released for the Raiders yet, so keep an eye on them for Wednesday.
Holmes has prototypical size and speed to make a difference in the NFL. He stands at 6’4″, is listed at 210 LBS and was clocked at 4.51 in the forty-yard dash at the combine in 2011. He graduated from Hillsdale College (of the GLIAC) with virtually every receiving record in tow.
Last week, the second year receiver broke out for a 7 catch, 136 yard performance on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys. He had time to work with fellow backup Matt McGloin earlier in the season and it could now be paying dividends. Also helping Holmes’ case is his upcoming schedule. Week 14 Oakland is taking on the New York Jets who rank 25th against the pass, giving up over 255 yards per game. And not only are the Jets terrible against the pass, they are stout against the rush. The Raiders will need to air it out if they want to win. And if Moore needs to miss even more time, for week 15 the Raiders take on the Kansas City Chiefs who rank a surprising 21st against the pass giving up 249 YPG. Things only get better for Holmes in week 16 if Moore has a setback when Oakland takes on San Diego who rank near the bottom at 28th.
There is a lot to like about Andre Holmes’ opportunity in the coming weeks but it all hinges on Denarius Moore’s availability. Owned in just a few leagues, more than likely you can wait till the end of the week to pick him up but we should know Moore’s status by the end of the week.