This season has been a struggle for the Cleveland Browns offense and many of their fantasy football pieces. At this point in the year, though, a decent piece is emerging and showing what he can be. Elijah Moore is a former second-round pick and has had better production in the last couple of weeks. Is he a worthwhile waiver addition? Let’s dive in!
Should Elijah Moore Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 12?
After a torrid stretch in the middle of his rookie season, Moore has struggled to replicate anything close to that production. That stretch has kept him on many fantasy manager’s radars. The trade to Cleveland was supposed to unlock him, but so far, it’s been a lot of fine-not-great performances.
His last two weeks have started to trend up a bit, as he’s seen seven targets in each contest. In those games, he caught five and six passes for 44 and 60 yards and scored in Week 10. While not the huge, week-winning type upside he showed a few years back, it’s decent enough to be an injury replacement or bye-week fill-in.
Those would be his only two double-digit half-PPR fantasy performances of the entire year. One thing of note, and a concern going forward, is the QB situation. Deshaun Watson is done for the year, and Dorian Thompson-Robinson is a fifth-round rookie QB who’s still learning. He was decent in Week 11 and did help the Browns secure the win.
Thompson-Robinson did, however, keep the passes shorter, which is great news for those who have Moore on their rosters. That the young QB trusted him and runs routes that Thompson-Robinson likes to throw is fantastic. The rookie QB does likely cap his ceiling weekly, though, which needs to be discussed.
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Look, Moore is a player I personally love and wanted him to be featured, but this version of Moore is not a must-add player. Similar to a player like Demario Douglas, Moore is not a ceiling play weekly but a guy to try and get you 8-10 points from your Flex. He is unlikely to ever win you a matchup.
With Thompson-Robinson in two games, the Browns have scored a single offensive TD, and it came on the ground. Granted, the Steelers and Ravens matchups were less than ideal, as both defenses are very good to great. The Browns have some bad matchups left, too, in Denver (Week 12) and the Jets (Week 17), while the rest are average for WRs.
Moore is not a must-add where he’s available. He’s a player to add for either a specific week or as an injury fill-in. Moore is, as stated above, not going to win a week. He’ll get you a few points not to hurt you, but he won’t hit a high enough total to be a week or league-winner.
So if you lost a Cooper Kupp this week or have bye struggles in the next couple of weeks, he’s worth a cheap waiver claim or FAAB bid. If your starting lineup is strong, though, don’t bother. He’s not an upside stash for the future. If you want that, go find an RB handcuff or grab Isaiah Likely.
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