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WR D.J. Moore - Carolina Panthers

5-11, 215Born: 4-14-1997College: MarylandDrafted: Round 1, pick

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): The team wants to get Moore more involved after his 51-yard catch and run score. It's going to be a rough ride week-to-week in this passing offense, but it's probably still a good idea to stash Moore as long as you're not in a short bench league to see where this situation goes for him.

Week 3: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Panthers' retooled pass game isn't yet where it needs to be. The explosive new are making big plays, but also crushing mistakes, and the result has been inefficiency in crucial situations. It's hard not to be excited about its parts: Devin Funchess, who's still just 24, leads a receiving corps high on athleticism and promise. Funchess is a born playmaker, who comes down with 2-3 splash catches a week. Rookie D.J. Moore turned his first NFL target into an impressive 51-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown; he boasts dazzling open-field ability. And there's little left to say about Christian McCaffrey, who's already among the league's most dominant backfield threats. Still, Newton remains in the process of meshing with so many new faces that bumps are to be expected. Drops hurt this group badly in Week 2, and the volatile style of the unit suggests week-to-week projections will be maddening. These guys are on the rise, but hard to rely on too heavily just yet. Joe Flacco completed 32 passes for 376 yards and 2 touchdowns in last week's matchup with this Bengals pass defense, but those numbers were inflated by the Bengals' game-long lead. Apart from one fourth-quarter drive, the Bengals consistently stymied Flacco's attempts to push the ball downfield. In fact, in the second half, Flacco targeted his wide receivers on just 15 of his 33 attempts, forced instead to look for his backs and tight ends underneath. They also forced two crucial turnovers down the stretch, snuffing out the Ravens' comeback chances. Cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III are growing into one of the league's top duos, and safety Shawn Williams is underrated as a playmaker. The unit needs more pass-rush pressure to take the next step, but it's not an easy bunch to throw against and will rely on the running backs and tight ends to have success against this unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs DAL 17 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3
2 at ATL 17 1 7 0 2 1 51 1 0 11.8
3 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

D.J. Moore's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 51 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

One play summed up the day of Panthers first round pick D.J. Moore, and it may be a sign of bigger things to come. After seeing little action early in the game apart from as a punt returner and on an end around that he successfully crafted into a six-yard gain. Moore struck like a dagger to the heart of the Falcons defense. Just when it appeared the game was in hand, Cam Newton fired a dart to Moore on an intermediate dig pattern. Moore, spotting a gap through the middle, showed good strength to initially shrug off a tackler and then turned on the lightning-fast speed to the endzone. The play lasted just a handful of seconds, but it injected life into the offense. Moore would get one more opportunity to make a splash play. With only five seconds remaining and one more shot for Newton to throw it into the end zone, it was Moore who got the target. Two Falcons defenders closed in on him at the last second, however, and he was unable to make the grab.

2018 Week 1 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

D.J. Moore had an inauspicious debut against the Cowboys as the Panthers failed to muster a consistent passing attack. Moore had only one reception - a flair pass into the left flat that was instantly snuffed out - and featured primarily as ëwindow dressing' pre-snap, motioning and acting as a satellite player in the backfield. Notably, he was often the lone receiver on the field in red zone opportunities.

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Latest News

Panthers | D.J. Moore has long TD reception (Sun Sep 16, 05:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore had just one grab in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, but that catch was a 51-yard touchdown.

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Panthers | D.J. Moore will not be rushed (Mon Sep 10, 02:16 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore played in only 17 of his team's 67 offensive snaps against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters afterward that Moore will be 'brought along at the right pace because of the team's plethora of receivers,' according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.

Our View: Moore was the first wide receiver selected in the 2018 NFL draft and he could barely see the field on Sunday. That might change with the injury to tight end Greg Olsen (foot). The Panthers will be looking to distribute the football to other targets not named Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey.
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Schedule

3vs Cincinnati Bengals
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs New York Giants
6@ Washington Redskins
7@ Philadelphia Eagles
8vs Baltimore Ravens
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Pittsburgh Steelers
11@ Detroit Lions
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ New Orleans Saints