The Carolina Panthers selected Maryland WR D.J. Moore 24th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Five on D.J. Moore
1. At 6-foot and 210 pounds, Moore, who was the first receiver taken in the NFL Draft, had a 4.42 40-yard dash. He’s tough after the catch and works the intermediate area of the field well, which makes him an easy target for his quarterback.
2. Moore should immediately step into the starting lineup and will likely play in the slot regularly. That’s good news for QB Cam Newton, who has been prodding the front offense for more help on offense.
3. His ability to make plays after the catch excites Carolina. “The trait that stands out probably the most of all his strengths is his ability to run after the catch. When he has the ball in his hands, he turns into a running back,” general manager Marty Hurney said.
4. Moore’s addition should limit the playing time for second-year WR Curtis Samuel and newcomer Jarius Wright; he’ll likely be paired with Devin Funchess as the top-two receivers and veteran Torrey Smith will round out the top. Targets could be a problem, as RB Christian McCaffrey is a high-volume option out of the backfield and TE Greg Olsen is a Newton favorite, too. Thus, Moore might be third in the pecking order on a low-volume passing team.
5. The best value for Moore will be in PPR style fantasy football leagues. He should be considered a WR4 with upside; and his value is higher in dynasty-style formats. Early projections: 50 receptions, 600 yards and four touchdowns.