During the first half of the 2018 season, the Carolina Panthers looked like one of the most explosive offenses in football. Over Carolina's first eight games, they averaged 27.5 points per game (PPG). However, once Cam Newton's shoulder injury started to affect the team's play, they fell to 17.5 PPG from weeks 10-16.
With Newton expected start 2019 healthy, the Panthers have a shot at returning to their early-2018 form. From a fantasy perspective, one of the primary beneficiaries of Carolina's potential resurgence could be D.J. Moore, who is currently the No. 1 WR on the team's depth chart.
Moore flashed the potential that made him the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft last season, racking up 788 yards on 55 receptions. That included an impressive two-game stretch in weeks 11-12 during which the rookie tallied 248 receiving yards on 15 receptions.
Of course, Moore was far from consistent last season, largely due to Newton's up-and-down play, as the Maryland product was held under 30 yards receiving seven times. However, Moore could be a much more integral part of Carolina's offense with Devin Funchess' 79 targets from 2018 now up for grabs.
With a healthy Newton, another year in Carolina's system and a potential uptick in targets, Moore has a real shot at outperforming his current average draft position (ADP) of WR26. He's currently being drafted as a WR3, but he certainly has a shot at becoming a legitimate WR2 by season's end.
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