WR D.J. Moore - Carolina Panthers
|5-11, 215||Born: 4-14-1997||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2018|
Week 11: vs Atlanta Falcons - $5900
FBG says: Great matchup. Kyle Allen probably isn't the Panthers' franchise quarterback, but he's held the job unwaveringly for seven weeks with Cam Newton on injured reserve. He's found some success in game-manager mode, yet there's very little dynamism in his game: dating back to Week 2, he's posted an anemic 6.4 yards per attempt. He's also been a walking miscue, with six turnovers over the past three weeks and a handful of dropped interceptions. The Panthers did reach their pass-game ceiling last week, though, with big lines from D.J. Moore (9 catches for 120 yards) and Greg Olsen (8 for 98) and a touchdown for Curtis Samuel. Perhaps Allen, who totaled 307 yards, is on the verge of a bump. Moore is winning on routes all over the field, while Olsen and Samuel are wild cards with strong weekly upside. Of course, Christian McCaffrey looms as a dynamic receiver on his own, and he's a fine check-down target for Allen. Most weeks, this should be treated as a volatile attack with a scary-low floor. But the Falcons make for an ideal matchup if Allen is going to build on an impressive Week 10. Try as they might, the Falcons still can't stop anyone through the air. Four of their 9 opponents have topped 300 yards, and they've given up the league's fifth-most touchdowns. The efficiency numbers have been just as bad: they sit 28th in net yards per attempt and 27th in pressure rate (just 13 sacks on the year). As a result, this makes for one of fantasy's most attractive matchups. The pass rush is largely a one-man show, and while Grady Jarrett can beat double-teams, he has little help up front. That forces the wildly inconsistent cornerbacks to hold downfield coverage for far too long. Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, and Bidi Wreh-Wilson have all struggled badly, and the safeties have offered little help down the field. With so many vulnerabilities, it's always fair to project big efficiency boosts - and big-play opportunity - for their opponents. The Panthers' D.J. Moore should find openings across the field while Curtis Samuel tests the deep zones. Kyle Allen has come up short more often than not, but is in great Week 11 position.
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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
2019 Week 10 vs GB (11 / 9 / 120 / 0 rec - 24 points, $5200)
D.J. Moore continued to forge his strong connection with young quarterback Kyle Allen in difficult conditions at Lambeau Field. With the footing uneven due to the snow, Moore put on a show and consistently got open with smooth route-running and soft hands. The Packers defense left Moore wide open on a shallow crossing pattern early in the game, providing an easy read and throw for Allen. Moore scooted up the field for a 38-yard chunk and followed that up with another catch on a wide-open throw. Moore was the apple of Allen's eye throughout and the receiver caught almost everything thrown his way, with his most impressive play coming on a deep dig that Allen had to fire in accurately. Moore rewarded him with a great snag in traffic. Moore converted one of the biggest plays of the game for Carolina, a fourth down in the final quarter, to keep their hopes alive, coming back to the football after Allen's follow-through saw the pass loop into the air.
2019 Week 9 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 101 / 0 rec - 20.1 points, $4800)
D.J. Moore provided the perfect outlet for his quarterback against the Titans, who emphasised a pressure game plan. Moore stayed alive for Kyle Allen on an early third down, sprinting right and making himself available after a scramble. Moore was the target of a deep pass down the left sideline soon after, but the pass hung up a little too long in the air and, despite his best efforts, the receiver couldn't secure it. Allen went back to the well later in the game, this time putting the ball in harm's way as Moore made a despairing attempt to attack the ball with two Titans in the vicinity. Moore excelled on shorter routes, showing good timing with his quarterback. His run-after-catch ability came to the fore on a bubble screen as he converted a third-and-long situation. Moore produced a circus catch in the second half, looking in the ball over his shoulder on a deep pass down the left sideline. He initially bobbled it, but managed to regain control and tap both feet in bounds to set up the offense at the 1-yard line.
2019 Week 8 vs SF (9 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec - 8.8 points, $4900)
D.J. Moore didn't light up the box score against the 49ers, but it was largely down to the passing game's inadequacies. Kyle Allen struggled to deal with the San Francisco pressure, and it appeared to affect his accuracy on some downfield targets to Moore, notably a deep post. Moore mostly operated in the short to intermediate range, showing good concentration and strong hands at the catch point. Allen went back to Moore on a deep shot in the second half, but the pass was a couple of yards out of bounds. It was a disappointment for Moore, who tracked the ball beautifully. As the Panthers offense dialled it back towards the end of a game that was already over, Moore caught a couple of dump-off passes against zone.
2019 Week 6 vs TB (10 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush - 15.6 points, $5300)
D.J. Moore produced a virtuoso performance as he came up with clutch catches at pivotal moments. His day started off on a sour note, as he failed to make the adjustment on a back-shoulder pass and subsequently dropped a simple pass on third down, looking downfield for run-after-catch possibilities instead of securing the ball. Those mistakes seemed to inspire him, however, and he responded by snagging a crucial third down pass on a quick slant, clamping the ball. A comeback route later in the half saw Moore in acres of space as the cornerback was bamboozled by his route-running and deep speed. Moore continued to operate as a steady outlet for Kyle Allen in the short to intermediate range of the field. It was a deeper catch in the second half, however, that was truly special. Running a deep dig on third down, Allen's pass was right on the money, but Moore's strong hands made the play. With a defender close by in coverage, Moore held on to the ball like a vice grip as he fell to the turf.
2019 Week 5 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 91 / 0 rec - 15.1 points, $5200)
Without lighting the game on fire, D.J. Moore proved his typically dependable presence for young quarterback Kyle Allen. Moore shows excellent technique with his hands in traffic, snagging difficult passes and making the process look straightforward. An early target on a screen pass couldn't connect, as pressure forced a low ball from Allen. Moore came into his own after that, though one pass on a slant pattern clanged off one of his hands when it appeared as if he could have attacked the ball with both. Moore operated mostly in the short to intermediate range of the field, but his most impressive play was also his deepest target. Allen spotted Moore isolated on a defensive back deep down the left sideline and unleashed a rainbow pass. Moore, recognising the cornerback had gotten on top of him, beautifully dove into the air and snagged the football over the defender's head. It was a play of supreme athleticism and a crucial catch on third down.
2019 Week 4 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec - 7.4 points, $5600)
D.J. Moore was largely kept quiet in this game, although the Carolina passing attack didn't have to get too expansive with the lead intact. Moore did not put a foot wrong all game, hauling in all his catchable passes. He and Kyle Allen failed to connect on a corner route deep down the right sideline late in the game, with the pass floating too high. Moore connected well with Allen off play action, where the quick-twitch receiver was able to gain inside leverage on his coverage player for an easy pitch and catch.
2019 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 52 / 1 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush - 13.4 points, $5900)
D.J. Moore caught just one pass against Arizona, but it encapsulated the type of player he is beautifully: a speed demon who is a menace after the catch. On the play, Curtis Samuel cleared out the deep defenders with a go route, allowing Moore to sneak in underneath on a deep crossing pattern. The pass from Kyle Allen was pinpoint accurate, giving Moore the ball in stride. He wasted no time, scooting up the field for a 52-yard touchdown. Moore contributed as a runner on one play, a jet sweep variation that caught Arizona off guard.
2019 Week 2 vs TB (14 / 9 / 89 / 0 rec - 17.9 points, $5900)
D.J. Moore became a focal point of the offense ñ along with the ever-reliable Greg Olsen ñ with the young receiver's success coming mostly on in-breaking routes. Moore took advantage of the Buccaneers' man coverage consistently, getting inside leverage on slant routes off play action. Cam Newton peppered Moore with these passes, and the receiver showed excellent concentration and toughness on some where a defender met him with a tackle almost straight away. Moore and Newton showed excellent timing and understanding on a back shoulder pattern on the left sideline in the second half, the receiver spinning his body to catch the ball at the last moment. Moore was not used as a downfield threat, though a couple of targets his way were wayward due to Newton's inaccuracy and the Tampa Bay pass rush.
2019 Week 1 vs LAR (10 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec - 13.6 points, $5500)
D.J. Moore suffered some rookie year redux against the Rams, coughing up a fumble early in the game after a routine catch in the right flat. Moore put a stutter-step move on the defenders who were closing in, but as he tried to shoot the gap between them the ball was popped loose with a punch. Moore was involved in another turnover as the first half progressed. Lined up in the backfield, he motioned into the left flat and Cam Newton tossed him the ball on a screen pass. The ball, however, was thrown backwards and Moore was unable to handle it. The Rams pounced for a crucial sudden change turnover. Moore came alive when the offense went to no huddle, using his quickness and route-running nous to bamboozle defensive backs. He made a particularly nice snag in traffic on a deep dig in the two-minute drill, hanging on despite contact. Two deep targets from Newton were too far out in front of Moore for the receiver to haul in, though he was open on both occasions.
Latest NewsPanthers | Nine grabs for D.J. Moore (Sun Nov 10, 11:01 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore caught nine of his 11 targets for 120 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. link to story Panthers | D.J. Moore posts first 100-yard game (Sun Nov 3, 09:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore finished with seven receptions for a season-high 101 yards in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans. link to story
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