Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore stands to gain fantasy football value with DeAndre Hopkins now in Tennessee, though the value of his targets is a question. Through two seasons (22 games), Moore is still shy of 1,000 yards and has found the end zone just twice in his usage as a gadget option.
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Rondale Moore’s Fantasy Outlook
The status of Kyler Murray (ACL) remains up in the air, and that is an issue unto itself. Colt McCoy is Arizona’s backup option, and while he offers veteran experience, he hasn’t thrown more than 132 passes in a season in over a decade and simply doesn’t give this offense much scoring equity.
As mentioned earlier, the departure of Hopkins does vacate over 10 targets per game, and those have to come somewhere for a team that we expect to be playing from behind consistently in 2023.
Joining Moore on the list of targets is 5’9” Marquise Brown and 5’7” Greg Dortch … not exactly the supersized receiving corps that many teams are implementing these days.
Rookie Michael Wilson is a name to watch and another place where a few targets could go. Tight end Trey McBride enters his second NFL season and will look to take a step forward if the aging Zach Ertz struggles to stay on the field.
Long story short — there are several players that will garner some targets and none that will demand a high share.
Can Moore’s Skill Set Prove Valuable in PPR Formats?
Moore has run 541 routes across 22 NFL games, and he has eight receptions on passes thrown 12+ yards downfield. Eight.
Based on his career aDOT of 3.3 yards, he appears to have a profile more aligned with that of a versatile running back rather than a receiver. Unfortunately, his role in an offense with uncertain quarterback situations doesn’t present much potential for growth.
That said, a role like that does breed efficiency (79.2% catch rate). And with his target share expected to rise this season, there’s a path in which Moore is involved enough to not sink your Flex spot in a pinch.
The upside is very limited, especially for a team that isn’t going to stumble into the red zone very often. However, in a full-PPR setting, Moore is worth a look.
Should Fantasy Managers Draft Moore at His ADP?
Drafting Moore is counter to how I go about assembling my squad, so I won’t have many (if any) shares for 2023. I want upside at this point in the draft, and given his skill set and situation, he simply doesn’t appeal to me.
I’d much rather try to pin-the-tail-on-the-Chief receiver when it comes to per-target upside. I’d take my chances on a receiver like Donovan Peoples-Jones, an explosive player in an offense with upside. Heck, I’d rather take a handcuff running back that has a path to an extended role that I just don’t think Moore has access to.
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