Don’t Overlook DJ Moore and Justin Fields: The Potential for Fantasy Football Success
Introduction: Every year in Fantasy Football, many people lose their season before it even begins due to preconceived notions and a lack of proper research. In this blog post, we will delve into the in-depth breakdown of two players—DJ Moore and Justin Fields—and shed light on their potential for success. By the end of this article, you’ll better understand why these players deserve your attention in fantasy drafts.
DJ Moore’s Underrated Performance: DJ Moore often faces criticism and skepticism from fantasy players. Many focus on his perceived “down season” and his transition to a new team with a quarterback who doesn’t receive much love. However, we must pay attention to Moore’s impressive performance from 2019 to 2021. During this period, he averaged 82 receptions on 138 targets, 1,175 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. These statistics add up to 182.5 half-PPR fantasy points, which would have ranked him as the WR19 for the previous season. What’s more remarkable is that Moore achieved these numbers while playing 40 games with quarterbacks like Kyle Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold. With the prospect of playing with Justin Fields, Moore is undervalued as the WR26 in draft rankings.
The Connection Between DJ Moore and Justin Fields: To understand the potential impact of Justin Fields on DJ Moore’s performance, we must consider their playing styles. DJ Moore hasn’t been primarily known as a deep threat throughout his career. He excels as a route runner and can make plays all over the field. However, last season, Moore demonstrated his versatility by being targeted 30 times on passes 20 or more yards down the field. On those targets, he ranked fifth in receptions, eighth in receiving yards, and scored four of his seven touchdowns. This expanded role as a deep threat showcased Moore’s ability to stretch the field. Furthermore, at only 26 years old, Moore still has room for growth.
Addressing Concerns About Justin Fields: Many fantasy players hesitate to invest in DJ Moore due to concerns about Justin Fields. Some argue that Fields will need to throw the ball more or that he’s not an efficient passer. While it’s true that Fields had relatively fewer passing attempts last season, it’s essential to analyze his performance on deeper throws. Among quarterbacks, Fields had the fourth-most attempts (51) on passes 20 or more yards down the field. He ranked 18th in completion and yards on those targets, with an average depth of target of 9.5 yards, which was the seventh highest in the league. Although his rankings may seem average, Fields’ percentage of passing attempts on deep throws (16%) tied for 11th in the league, indicating his willingness to take shots downfield.
The Potential Breakout of Justin Fields: Considering the Chicago Bears’ offseason moves, such as acquiring DJ Moore and bolstering their offensive line, it’s reasonable to expect improvement from Justin Fields. Similar to other young quarterbacks who flourished after their teams added a legitimate WR1, such as Tua with Tyreek Hill, Jalen Hurts with AJ Brown, Joe Burrow with Ja’Marr Chase, and Josh Allen with Stefon Diggs, Fields has the potential for a breakout season. Drawing comparisons to both Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts, Fields possesses similar strengths and concerns. With the right circumstances, Fields could make significant strides this year.
Conclusion: Don’t let misconceptions and past biases cloud your judgment in fantasy football drafts. DJ Moore’s consistent performance and his potential connection with Justin Fields make him an undervalued asset.
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