DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers (WR9 ADP #32)
- Catch Rate will improve with acquisition of QB Teddy Bridgewater
- Statistical progression over first 2 seasons hints toward a 3rd year breakout campaign
- Carolina hired Joe Brady to be their Offensive Coordinator, he was the Offensive Coordinator for the 2019 National Champion LSU Tigers
Things did not go as planned for the Carolina Panthers last season. Cam Newton wasn’t right mentally or physically, and his replacement Kyle Allen had a QBR of 36.4. Even with such horrendous QB play, DJ Moore still managed to finish with 1,175 receiving yards. During the off-season, the Panthers cut Cam Newton, traded Kyle Allen, and signed Teddy Bridgewater to become their new starting QB. After enduring a year with Kyle Allen, Moore will instantly fall in love with the accuracy and awareness of Bridgewater. Pro-football-reference.com notes that Moore’s catch rate (receptions / targets) was 64.4%. Lets pretend that Kyle Allen was decent last year and Moore’s Catch rate finished at 70%. He would’ve had an increase of roughly 18 fantasy points. That may not seem like much, but in ESPN standard leagues that would’ve bumped Moore into the WR10 spot.
Not only will Moore’s QB play improve, the new offense Joe Brady is bringing with him from Baton Rouge should have Moore salivating. Simply put, Joe Brady coordinated the greatest offense in college football history. He spreads out the field and creates space for his skill players to make plays in the open field. Look back to Justin Jefferson last year at LSU for an idea of how Moore is going to be used, it’s exciting to say the least.
The Extra Point: I’m expecting DJ Moore to put up career highs in receptions, yards, and TDs this year because of improved QB play, two years of experience under his belt, and the implementation of an elite offensive scheme.