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With Bush out, Moore delivers for Saints

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By Michael Blunda

The Saints needed somebody to step up with RB Reggie Bush due to miss six weeks following a broken fibula. If Sunday was any indication, it looks like WR Lance Moore is going to be that guy.

With New Orleans unable to mount much of a rushing attack against Atlanta, QB Drew Brees went to the air 38 times, and the wideout who came down with the most balls was Moore. Even on a team loaded with talented receiving weapons, Moore was able to catch six passes for 149 yards and two TDs on Sunday, with one score coming from 80 yards out. Brees might have found a new favorite target.

It's not the first time Moore has shined with Bush out of the lineup. When the dynamic back missed six games in 2008, Moore exploded for 79 catches, 928 yards and 10 TDs. But injuries limited him to just seven games last season, and he nearly fell off the fantasy map all together.

It will be tough to ignore him after Sunday's performance, however, as he may have ascended to the top of the Saints' WR pecking order. With Marques Colston off to a quiet start and Robert Meachem invisible the past couple weeks, Moore looks to have as much value as any New Orleans receiver. As long as Bush is sidelined, he's a viable fantasy option.

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