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D.J. Moore 2021 Fantasy Football Tip: How Will Talented Panthers WR Mesh With Sam Darnold?

Posted: Jul 14, 2021Last updated: Jul 14, 2021

Juan Carlos Blanco offers his D.J. Moore 2021 Fantasy Football Tip And Outlook. See The Game Day’s full 2021 fantasy football draft coverage.

D.J. Moore 2021 Fantasy Football Tip

D.J. Moore 2020 Fantasy Football Recap

D.J. Moore 2020 Fantasy Football Ranking (PPR)

57th Overall, WR23 (Per FantasyPros)

D.J. Moore 2020 Stats

  • 118 targets
  • 66 receptions
  • 1,193 receiving yards
  • 4 receiving touchdowns
  • 18.1 yards per reception
  • 15 games

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D.J. Moore 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Moore will work with yet another new starting quarterback in 2021 after a one-year spin with the departed Teddy Bridgewater. As Moore’s 2020 numbers indicate, he developed a strong rapport with the veteran signal caller, establishing career-highs with 1,193 receiving yards, 18.1 yards per reception, and 10.1 yards per target.

It was certainly encouraging to see Moore get more looks downfield last season, although he’s still looking to become more of a red-zone presence with just 10 total touchdowns in his first three seasons. Moore now faces the prospect of acclimating to Sam Darnold, who already has a built-in comfort level with Robby Anderson from their time together with the New York Jets.

If head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady continue to deploy Moore in a similar manner to last season, then there should be plenty of opportunities for Moore to rack up yards via chunk plays in the medium-to-deep passing windows. Anderson frequently filled the role of deep threat for Darnold in the Big Apple, but Brady used him as more of a short-area target last season. Offseason signee David Moore does bring a strong track record in the red zone, but it’s unlikely he vultures too much from Moore’s route tree.

Accordingly, Moore should post similar numbers to his 2019-2020 production in 2021. He’ll likely end up with around 70-80 catches, 1,100-1,200 receiving yards, and a handful of touchdowns, making him a solid WR2/WR3 in PPR formats.


D.J. Moore 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Value (PPR)

Moore is currently going in the middle of the sixth round of preseason fantasy drafts as the WR23, which feels about right. His floor is high enough to put him in the top 25-30 at the position, but without increased red-zone work his ceiling is limited to a low-end WR2. With Christian McCaffrey expected to get the lion’s share of Carolina’s goal-line touches and Anderson consuming much of Darnold’s passing looks, Moore lacks upside but remains a safe, volume-driven fantasy option.

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Juan Carlos Blanco

Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports since 1997 and actively writing about the fantasy sports and sports betting industries since 2015 for multiple websites. He has covered a wide variety of professional sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, CFL, Arena Football League, Alliance of American Football, XFL, NPB and KBO. He was the recipient of the FSWA's 2016 Newcomer of the Year award for his work with RotoWire.

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