WR D.J. Moore - Carolina Panthers
|5-11, 215||Born: 4-14-1997||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
Week 11: at Detroit Lions
FBG says: Tough matchup. Cam Newton is quietly enjoying his best NFL season through the air. When he's protected well and given plenty of time to set his fundamentals, he's actually been one of the NFL's more consistent passers this year. The season's flow has been kind thus far, and he's completing a career-best 69% of his throws, with multiple touchdowns in every game since Week 2. But when pressured and kept from his comfort zone, he still struggles to connect down the field. His decision-making and placement suffer, never better illustrated than on last week's pick-six to Pittsburgh's Vince Williams. As a result, we never quite know which Newton will show up in the pocket each week - and whether he'll be sharp enough to adequately subsidize his rushing numbers. When he's able to make downfield plays with Devin Funchess and D.J. Moore, he's extraordinarily helpful. But when he's hassled like last Thursday, he walks a tight fantasy line. What's in his favor is the dependability and dynamism found in his safety targets. Christian McCaffrey is a route-running back in the Marshall Faulk vein, while trusty Greg Olsen remains rock-solid as an underneath checkdown. They help keep Newton's passing floor balanced - during last Thursday's nightmare, McCaffrey managed to slip downfield twice for relatively easy touchdowns. With top cornerback Darius Slay in the lineup, the Detroit pass defense is a stout one. Over their first 8 outings, they allowed just 236 yards a game - 206 if we exclude an early Aaron Rodgers eruption. But with Slay out, as he was last week, it's a leaky unit that's at least a little vulnerable everywhere. Mitchell Trubisky, who'd struggled mightily with his accuracy of late, hit on 23 of 30 passes for 335 yards and 3 scores Sunday. Slay tends to do well against top outside receivers, but DeShawn Snead and Nevin Lawson were victimized repeatedly, and the Allen Robinson/Anthony Miller duo racked up 255 yards and 3 touchdowns (nearly 4). The replacements bit hard on fakes and failed to tackle, and Slay can't return quickly enough. It looks like he is able to go which would make a world of fantasy difference for the Lions as he will likely be on Devin Funchess for a majority of the game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
D.J. Moore's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore remains a starting receiver opposite Devin Funchess in two-wide sets, but he is also a Percy Harvin-esque weapon for the offense. Even on Christian McCaffrey's fruitful first drive of carries, it was Moore's ghost/jet motion that attracted the attention of Steelers defenders, prompting a moment's hesitation. Moore was utilised mostly on bubble screens and quick dump-off passes, but the Steelers rallied to make tackles and did not allow the speedy playmaker to get into space. Moore caught a couple of passes from Cam Newton as the offense went to a hurry-up. In the fourth quarter Moore drew a pass interference penalty on a deep route; with the foul occurring in the end zone, the ball was placed at the Pittsburgh one-yard line. Moore did well on the play to stack the defensive back, but the defender, panicked, reached for him and prevented the reception.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / 32 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore may not have blown up the box score as he did last week against Baltimore, but his influence was certainly felt on many of the Panthers' biggest plays. Moore lined up all over the formation - in the backfield, in the slot, out wide, as an offset I-back beside Newton - and drew defenders' eyes as the offense tried to manipulate the Bucs linebackers and safeties. Moore's jet motion aided Christian McCaffrey on one of the back's rushing touchdowns, opening a gap after a moment's hesitation from a Buccaneers linebacker. The rookie exploded down the left sideline on an end around, showing excellent patience as his blocks developed downfield - and only coming seven yards short of a touchdown. In the passing game, Moore wasn't as much of a factor, although he ran an excellent route on a dig in the second half, leaving his defender in the dust. A late target on a corner route was out of his reach, although he made a good diving attempt to haul it in.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec, 2 / 39 / 0 rush)
After some early rookie hiccups this season, D.J. Moore finally had his coming-out party against the Ravens. Torrey Smith's absence due to injury meant the rookie was on the field more often, but he made every snap count. Moore announced his presence early with a bulldozing catch and run on a screen pass; the Ravens defenders seemed to let their guard down on the play, only for Moore to lower his shoulder into contact and find the sticks. Moore was moved all over the formation throughout this game, with jet motion a feature. Moore is an urgent runner, quickly turning up the field after securing the ball ˝ and rarely going down on first contact. With Carolina's offense backed up at their own one-yard line, Moore found himself open on a seam pattern and hauled in a perfect Cam Newton pass for 33 yards. Moore got the rub of the green on an option pitch, initially fumbling it forwards before recovering and beating the chasing defender's angle up the sideline for 28 yards. On the very next play he was almost able to get into the end zone on an end around, coming just yards short of the goal line. Moore made a diving catch on a low pass in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half to bail out his quarterback. In the second half, with the Panthers comfortably leading, the offense relied much more on the ground attack, limiting Moore's opportunities.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
D.J. Moore continues to be brought along slowly, although he will have been silently chiding his quarterback for a couple of passes that went astray. The first target was too high for Moore to haul in, while a slant route in the closing stages flew over Moore's head. Otherwise, he and Cam Newton were able to connect on a couple of nice plays, including a critical catch on third down where Moore adjusted his route, settled down in the middle against the zone coverage and added some yards after the catch.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore endured a forgettable outing against Washington, coughing up the football twice - once in open play, once on special teams - to gift Washington a lead they would never surrender. Moore's fumble on a punt return, his first, was a classic case of not knowing when to go down. Spotting an opportunity to make a play, Moore showed poor ball security technique, holding the ball extended away from his body, and it was knocked loose. The second fumble was an excellent play by Josh Norman, who used a punch popularised by former Panther Charles Tillman to pop the ball out. The coaching staff, to their credit, stuck with the rookie and he was a factor throughout. Moore made tough grabs over the middle, ran a variety of routes and even dashed around the corner on an 18-yard jet sweep, showing his prowess as a run-after-catch weapon.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
D.J. Moore played with an explosive edge that provided a glimpse to offensive coordinator Norv Turner of just how dangerous he can be. On his first touch, Moore took the ball on a reverse, instantly turning it up the field. Moore met resistance immediately, but trucked a Giants defender, who just bounced off the contact, before darting up the field. Moore runs like a no-nonsense running back in the open field. Moore showed excellent burst after the catch on a quick slant later in the game and produced another crucial reception on the final drive over the middle.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Even after the proclamations and promises of head coach Ron Rivera to get rookie D.J. Moore more involved, it was not to be against Cincinnati. Moore played a little under half the snaps and was only targeted downfield once, a corner route that was out of his reach. Moore was utilised again as 'window dressing' on jet sweeps and backfield motions, but did little with these opportunities, drawing a facemask penalty on a jet sweep handoff and getting tackled quickly on a quick screen.
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 Űwindow 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.
Latest NewsPanthers | D.J. Moore limited to two touches (Sun Nov 4, 05:51 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore had just one catch for 16 yards on two targets in Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he ran once for 32 yards. Our View: Moore looked explosive on his touches, but Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey finished drives, giving him little opportunity to come through on the masses that used him in fantasy leagues today. He'll be a boom/bust WR3/Flex against the Steelers this week.
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