DJ Moore
Can DJ Moore finally become a WR1 in fantasy with Sam Darnold? His odds to do just that are way higher than when experts prematurely proclaimed him one. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Can DJ Moore Finally Become A WR1 With Sam Darnold?

In the past, I’ve been super critical of DJ Moore. Comparing him to Calvin Ridley was silly. His hype train in general was silly. The idea of Moore becoming a WR1 in fantasy was silly. I was three for three. Moore finished as WR17 in fantasy a year ago and wasn’t far in front of teammates Curtis Samuel and Robby Anderson.

Heading into 2021, I’m singing a much different tune. Mostly because the expectations are back to where I want them. It’s understood Ridley is the much better player and nobody considers Moore a WR1 in fantasy anymore. That’s called playing the proverbial fantasy stock market. NOW is the time to strike.

Moore, 24, is still a good a proven football player. He’s also still young and should still take a leap heading into 2021. He’s just a few weeks older than D’Wayne Eskridge who was just drafted in the second round this year by Seattle. I think there’s one more level that Moore can reach that we haven’t seen yet.

Furthermore, things are setting up for Moore. Investing in anyone on the Panthers in year one of the Matt Rhule era was a mistake. We’ve seen his track record. He tears everything down to the studs and rebuilds. Carolina is going to have a much more explosive offense in year two just because this is Rhule’s plan. Plus Joe Brady has real promise as a genius play caller.

We’re also getting a quarterback upgrade. Counting on big fantasy production with Teddy Bridgewater was also a mistake by anyone who thought that was possible. We know what Teddy is – a safe and conservative quarterback who doesn’t take shots down the field. Sam Darnold raises the playing field. He’s going to take those shots and create more long touchdowns for Moore.

Curtis Samuel is also no longer on the roster. Sure, Carolina drafted Terrace Marshall, but he’s just a rookie. Samuel was the type of guy Carolina specifically designed plays for. He wasn’t just part of the offense. Samuel had his own packages. That’s more potential targets heading Moore’s way. More likely to hit that 135 target range that he had in 2019.

I was able to get DJ Moore for $13 in my auction league this year. The former first round pick out of Maryland wasn’t my plan A but he was a great back up option. He’s also the WR1 on my fantasy team. Moore may not perform like a WR1 in 2021 but his odds to do so are way higher than when the dummy experts proclaimed him as one a year ago.

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