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Darnell Mooney
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#48 Wide Receiver

123 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 24
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 176
40 Time: 4.38

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 14
Mooney was another Bears playmaker who couldn’t find any success on Sunday Night Football against the Packers. Mooney did finish third on the team with 5 targets but was only able to bring in one of those throughout the game. Justin Fields did look for Mooney several times down the field for potential big gains, but he was unable to bring them in. His only reception on the night came in the 1st quarter for a nice 19-yard gain. The Packers game was an anomaly as Mooney had 5 catches in each of the Bears 3 prior games. We have Mooney ranked as our WR35 this week against the Vikings. The Vikings secondary has been torched by opposing WR groups this season, especially over the last 4 games. They have surrendered 6 receiving TDs and over 890 receiving yards to opposing WRs over that span. The next three games on the Bears schedule to wrap up the fantasy football playoffs include MIN, @SEA, and NYG.
Week 13
The deck was completely stacked against Mooney. Not only was Andy Dalton under heavy pressure all day from an excellent Arizona pass rush, but the weather was nasty. The winds were strong and rain was falling the entire day, which made accurate passing very difficult. In addition, Mooney was the only receiver the Cardinals had to worry about, so they rolled coverage his way, allowing him not see more than a few short passes. He snagged 3 receptions deep in garbage time to end up with decent PPR numbers.

Even when Allen Robinson is back to 100%, it appears that Mooney will be the catalyst for the Bears’ passing offense, and he should be a strong fantasy option. He came into this game having posted back-to-back 120-yard games and scored 3 times over the last 3. He also hasn’t put up fewer than 41 yards in his prior 4 contests. And add in the fact he’s been targeted at least 8 times in 4 of his last 6, and we should have a WR2 going forward. His remaining schedule has no opponents that typically shut down WRs, as he’ll face the Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, and Giants.
Week 12
Mooney stayed hot on Thanksgiving, posting his 2nd straight 100-yard game. After last week’s 5-121-1 explosion, Mooney hauled in another 5 balls for 123 yards in the win over the Lions. He had chunk gains of 33 and 52 yards, putting his elite speed on display.

Mooney’s 8 targets in this one ranked 2nd behind TE Cole Kmet’s 11 but were still a solid 20.5% of Chicago’s total. He’s now seen 8+ targets in 4 of his last 6 outings, averaging 8.7 over that span.

We’ll see if WR Allen Robinson is ready to return from his hamstring injury for Week 13. That’d put a dent in Mooney’s target projection and knock him back to low-end WR3 territory. But if Robinson remains out, you can comfortably continue rolling with Mooney as a WR2.
Week 11
Mooney caught 5 of 16 targets for 121 yards and 1 TD in the Bears' Week 11 loss to the Ravens.
Mooney had a great fantasy game, eclipsing 100+ yards and a TD, but somehow only caught 30% of his targets with Justin Fields and Andy Dalton each playing about half the game. Mooney is used down the field a lot, which gives him decent upside. And with Allen Robinson expected to miss another game, Mooney should be locked in as the Bears’ top option against the Lions.
Week 9
With the Bears offense struggling to move the ball and settling for a pair of 1st half FGs, Mooney was off to a slow start. Fortunately, things changed drastically in the 4th quarter when the offense began to be more aggressive. Although he only was targeted 6 times, one of those came in the red zone, and Justin Fields dropped a dime resulting in a TD. And with David Montgomery as a QB in the wildcat formation with the ball on the 15-yard line, just before Montgomery was blasted by a defender, he quickly handed the ball to Mooney, who raced down the seam for an easy score.

It’s likely that Mooney will continue to be the only viable Chicago WR for weekly fantasy lineups. Although he hasn’t shown big upside, he did have a 125-yard game soon after Justin Fields took over the starting QB role. However, coming into this game, he posted between 35 and 64 yards with 1 TD over his last 4 games with 3 of those games being played against defenses that are in the top 8 against WRs. He’s also had good opportunities, as he’s averaged 7 targets over his last 5 games.
Week 8
Despite many wanting Allen Robinson to be the primary focus of the Chicago passing game, once again it was Darnell Mooney who is seeing the most work. He caught 6 of his team-high 9 targets for 64 yards.

Mooney has 4 or more targets in every game, seeing 7+ in 5 of 8 starts. While the passing game has yet to hit its stride, Mooney is providing reliable volume that can make for a solid option week to week. On the weeks where he finds the end zone, you will be happy he is in your lineup.
Week 7
The Bucs defense swarmed an overmatched Justin Fields in this one, so Mooney had little chance at a productive day. His 5 targets tied for 2nd on the team -- but he caught just 2 for 39 yards.

Mooney is sitting on a big 24.3% target share through 7 games. But in a low-volume and ineffective passing game, it hasn’t translated to much fantasy production. Mooney ranks 46th among WRs in PPR points and has finished as a top 40 WR in just 2 of 7 weeks.

He’s no better than a low-floor bye-week fill-in.
Week 6
It was Mooney who led the Bears pass catchers in targets this week with 8. This was the 4th game in 6 starts where Mooney saw 7+ targets. Against the Packers, he caught 5 passes for 45 yards and a TD. He has 4 games with 5+ catches, with this week being his first TD.

Going forward, optimism is growing with the Bears pass attack. Justin Fields is getting more comfortable and the upcoming schedule will dictate the Bears throw early and often. Assuming Mooney keeps getting a significant share of Chicago's targets, things could look really good for him. He is still competing with Allen Robinson for targets, so don't put the cart ahead of the horse just yet.
Week 5
Mooney led the Bears in targets and yards on Sunday but produced a pedestrian 35 yards on his 3 catches.

Mooney seemed to be trending in the right direction with Justin Fields under center. He was garnering plenty of work and doing a ton with it. He tallied 125 yards on his 5 catches a week ago. This after 6 catches and 66 yards in Week 2 against the Bengals.

Maybe Mooney is a ping pong player who has been bouncing back and forth between awesome or underwhelming. It will be hard to use Mooney in the short term even with opportunities coming against the Packers, Buccaneers and 49ers. All 3 teams are weakest in the secondary and have been torched the majority of the season. If Matt Nagy actually lets Fields throw, the potential will be there. But the risk does not seem to be worth the reward.
Week 4
Mooney caught 5 of 7 targets for 125 yards in the Bears’ Week 4 win over the Lions.
Mooney led the Bears in targets, yards, and catches as he had a surprisingly good game despite Justin Fields only attempting 18 passes.
Mooney had an outstanding 64-yard reception where he got behind the defense and Fields hit him on the run.
Mooney should viewed as a WR4 or possible flex option in an excellent Week 5 matchup against the Raiders’ beat up secondary.
Week 3
Justin Fields’ debut was all bad news for Mooney. He still tied for 2nd on the team in targets, but that meant just 4 looks in a game that included only 20 Bears pass attempts. Mooney caught just 1 of them or 9 yards. He also endured his shortest average depth of target among this season’s 3 games.

We certainly can’t look to Mooney as a real Week 4 starting option. But there’s rebound potential for the Bears in a matchup with Detroit, a far less talented defense than Cleveland sports.

We’ll see how the QB picture develops after HC Matt Nagy opened the week saying any of his 3 QBs might start against the Lions.
Week 2
Mooney saw a team-high 8 targets on Sunday, catching 6 for 66 yards. The target distribution was an even split between Andy Dalton and Justin Fields as they each targeted him 4 times.

The 8 targets he saw in this contest combined with 7 from Week 1 puts him even with Allen Robinson for the team lead. Mooney currently leads the team in catches and yards.

If this kind of volume continues, combined with an effective Fields, Mooney could be a massive breakout candidate that can help people win leagues. Get him on your team now and enjoy the ride!
Week 1
All offseason, analysts and pundits were touting a breakout year for the young speedster out of Tulane. Mooney, and the rest of the receiving corps, was unable to get much going in this game against the Rams’ tough secondary. Mooney was used all over the field and it appears the Bears want to get the ball into his hands. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much space for Mooney to work in this one and he finished with only 5 catches for 26 yards. On the positive side, Mooney tied for second on the team with 7 targets and was on the field for 100% of the snaps.
Mooney is a talented young receiver, and he will bounce back and put up some big performances this year. One of those performances could come this week against a Bengals defense that just gave up over 350 receiving yards in Week 1. We have Mooney ranked at WR42 this week against Cincinnati. Depending on the QB situation, Mooney has a wide range of outcomes this season. At this point, we have him ranked at WR50 the rest of the way.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Mooney played 32% of the snaps in the 2020 opener. He never dipped below 60% playing time through the rest of his rookie season. He hit 74%+ in 9 straight games from Week 7 through Week 16.
  • The 5th-round pick ran a 4.38-second 40 as a draft prospect, 95th percentile among WRs.
  • Mooney averaged 16.7 yards per catch over 4 seasons at Tulane, leading his final 2 offenses in each major receiving category
  • Mooney tied for just 56th among 131 qualifying WRs in average depth of target (11.82) last season, according to Pro Football Focus. But 24.5% of his targets came in the deep range (20+ yards downfield).
  • Among 31 WRs who saw at least 18 deep looks, only Mooney and A.J. Green fell short of 200 receiving yards on such plays. The median for that group of 31 was 301 yards; Mooney managed only 158 yards, because he caught just 4 of 23 targets.
  • He certainly has room to improve his own performance in that range. His QBs didn’t help, though. Nick Foles ranked a middling 21st in adjusted completion rate on deep balls, according to PFF, among QBs with 15+ deep attempts. Mitchell Trubisky checked in deadlast.
  • Mooney dropped just 2 passes all season and posted a 62.2% catch rate, while ranking 2nd among Bears and 36th among all WRs in targets.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Mooney already passed Anthony Miller in the target pecking order for the Bears and should once again sit behind only Allen Robinson in that category this season. The QB play should improve in Chicago, with an especially high ceiling if Justin Fields beats out Andy Dalton and delivers on the promise of his college career. Mooney is modestly priced in drafts (currently WR49 in ADP), with upside easily at least into WR3 range. His long speed plus the big-armed rookie QB raises Mooney’s weekly fantasy ceiling and could push his ADOT deeper in his 2nd year.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (groin) is questionable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Mooney popped up on the injury report Friday, participating on a limited basis the final 2 days. We'll see about his status Monday evening. Mooney won't be worth waiting for in most fantasy football lineups.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (groin) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable, so he comes with a bit more risk than usual in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He was listed as questionable the past 2 weeks -- but that was with a back issue. We’ll get Mooney’s game status by noon ET on Sunday.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (back) is active for today’s game vs. the Bengals. He was listed as questionable but put in a full week of practice, so the back shouldn’t be an issue. Mooney has a plus matchup vs. the Bengals CBs, but his upside is capped with Andy Dalton under center. WR Marquise Goodwin (quad) is also active for Chicago after being listed as questionable.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (back) put in a full week of practice but is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He was "questionable" last week and ended up playing 100% of Chicago's offensive snaps. He'll be out there on Sunday but is a shaky fantasy option with Andy Dalton under center. WR Marquise Goodwin (quad) is also listed as questionable but should play after practicing in full all week.

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