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D.J. Moore Fantasy Outlook Dips Following Poor Performance With Kyle Allen at Quarterback

Max Staley
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D.J. Moore jumped out to a great start to the season in his first two games, catching 16-of-24 targets for 165 yards. Of course, that was with Cam Newton at the helm in Carolina, but the oft-injured quarterback has since been replaced by Panthers' backup QB Kyle Allen.

Even though Moore had a solid fantasy day in Week 3 (52 yards and one touchdown), he's seen only seven targets in Allen's first two starts.

Over the first two weeks of the season, Moore had a 27 percent target share, which was tied for the 10th-best at the position. That number has dropped significantly, to just 12 percent of the targets in the following two games, which ranks outside the top-50 WRs.

While these stats are certainly concerning, there's still plenty of reason for optimism with Moore. For one, two weeks is too small of a sample size to make any sweeping judgements, and you have to think his target share will normalize in the coming weeks.

Moore is also an explosive athlete who doesn't need a lion's share of the targets to produce at a high level. He saw only two targets in Week 3, and he took one of them to the house for a 52-yard TD.

In 2018, Moore never saw more than nine targets in a single game, yet still had four games with more than 80 receiving yards.

It's also not like Moore has been completely ineffective in his three career games with Allen under center either. Moore has averaged 59.0 receiving yards per game with Allen, which is an improvement upon the 49.3 yards per game he averaged as a rookie in 2018.

Even if Allen remains at the helm for the rest of the season, Moore is a strong buy-low candidate. His value will likely never be much lower than it is right now, and there's always a chance Newton returns sooner rather than later to help restore Moore's value to its early-season heights.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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