Driving the Fantasy Hype Train: D.J. Moore
With a new quarterback at the helm and a high-scoring divisional schedule, Carolina Panthers receiver D.J. Moore will see an uptick in fantasy football production.
D.J. Moore was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 draft. During his rookie season, he played in all 16 games, starting in ten of those contests. That year, he hauled in 55 receptions for 788 yards and two touchdowns. He finished as the number two rookie WR, only behind Calvin Ridley.
In 2019, Moore started 15 games and finished as the WR15 (PPR) with a stat line of 87 receptions, 1,175 yards, and two touchdowns. Finishing as the WR15 last year is nothing short of impressive considering Moore had to deal with poor QB play from Kyle Allen, as he only found the end zone twice on 135 targets. Moore was the only receiver in the top 35 last season to finish with less than three touchdowns. While Christian McCaffrey is still going to be the focal point of that Carolina offense, expect Moore to continue to step into a role of his own.
Carolina made a slew of moves this offseason that says they want their offense to be high-powered and lethal. They added Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, who led the Bears’ explosive offense to an 11-3 finish in 2019 after the program was reeling from NCAA investigations and a huge staffing change within the organization. What else did Carolina do this offseason? Oh right, they brought in Joe Brady to be the offensive coordinator. If you didn’t know, Joe Brady was the co-offensive coordinator at LSU this past season when the Tigers put up the most productive collegiate offensive season in history. Some might say Joe Brady was the most important Joe on that Tigers team. Additionally, Teddy Bridgewater should be a massive improvement over the departed Kyle Allen.
The Panthers touted a bottom-ten defense last year, and that likely won’t improve much in 2020 due to the loss of defensive star Luke Kuechly. In a division with New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta, points will be flowing. To win games in 2020, Carolina will need to be able to keep that pace, and Moore should thrive because of that.
D.J Moore is currently being drafted as the WR11 in PPR leagues, which I believe is still a great price for a player with his type of upside.
2020 Projections: 99 receptions, 1,278 yards, 6 touchdowns (WR6)