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Basic StatsDarnell Mooney's Basic Stats

Darnell Mooney
ADP: N/A
Bye: 14
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 25.1
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 176
40 Time: 4.38
Speed Score: 91.70
Burst Score (Rank): 124.90 (71%)

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Darnell Mooney's 2022 Projections & Outlook

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#38 Wide Receiver

134.1 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
Not Available 78.7 1022.5 5.1 2.6 0.7

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Basic StatsDarnell Mooney's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Despite groin, foot and back injuries, Mooney played all 17 games in 2021.
  • Mooney ranked 11th among WRs in targets (140) but just 19th in catches (81) and 17th in receiving yards (1,055). He added only 4 TDs.
  • Mooney finished as a top-24 WR in 8 of 17 games. He finished as a top-12 WR 4 times.
  • He averaged just 3.4 catches, 48.8 yards and .22 TDs in 9 full games alongside Justin Fields.
  • Overall, Mooney ranked just 27th among 37 WRs with 100+ targets in yards per route run; 26th in PFF receiving grade.
  • Mooney’s target competition diminished following the loss of Allen Robinson. Rookie Velus Jones, Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown are the current contenders for the #2 WR role.
  • To reach his ceiling, Mooney will need improvement from Justin Fields, who ranked 29th among 33 qualifiers in on-target rate.
  • Fields at least fits Mooney’s deep speed as a risk-taking long-range thrower. Last year, among 33 QBs with 250+ dropbacks, only Russell Wilson beat Fields in average depth of target.
  • The Bears swapped out failed HC Matt Nagy for Matt Eberflus and former Packers QB coach Luke Getsy.
  • Look for RPOs and more play-action passing. Overall, the move projects as an upgrade, although we might see some early growing pains in the new system.
  • Through 2 seasons, Mooney’s posted just a 5.6% TD rate. At only 5’10, 176 pounds, he probably won’t pop in the scoring category.
  • Conditioning has been an offseason “point of emphasis” for Bears WR Darnell Mooney, per Dan Pompei of The Athletic. “I knew I was fatigued a little bit, but my mindset was not coming out of the game.” Mooney also gained about 10 pounds this offseason after playing the past 2 years in the low 170s.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

A 2020 Round 5 pick, Mooney’s quickly out-produced his draft stock.

Playing in all 33 games over the past 2 seasons, Mooney really broke out in ’21 with a WR24 PPR finish.

You could argue that boosted volume got him there. And it did.

But the 2022 Bears are setup to give Mooney another massive workload. If Justin Fields can take a step forward with a new and improved coaching staff, Mooney will be positioned for another WR2/WR3 season.


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Darnell Mooney, WR CHI

8:09pm EST 11/28/22

Confirmed: Mooney done for the season

Bears HC Matt Eberflus confirmed on Monday that WR Darnell Mooney will miss the rest of the 2022 season with the left ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Jets. We'll look for further details on Mooney's timetable to return, but he should at least be ready for 2023 training camp. Mooney finishes his 3rd NFL season with a 40-493-2 line on 61 targets. He's stretched as a #1 WR but can certainly be a quality #2 for the rebuilding Bears.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney "likely" needs season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. If that's the case, Chicago will be without the guy who drew 26.6% of the team's targets over the first 10 games of the season. It'd open up opportunity for WR Chase Claypool and TE Cole Kmet. But this will remain a low-volume passing game, so it's tough to get excited about any of the pass catchers. Even Mooney sat just 45th among WRs in PPR points through Week 11.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney hurt his left ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Jets and is officially doubtful to return. We'll update his status when we know more.

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Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Bears QB Trevor Siemian took a pain-killing injection for his oblique injury and might still start vs. the Jets today. Both Siemian and QB Nathan Peterman took some 1st-team reps in final warmups. You should obviously be staying far away from this situation in fantasy lineups.

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Darnell Mooney, WR CHI
Dynasty MVP 113.7
Position Rank #51 WR
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Mooney gobbled up 25.8% of Chicago targets in his 2nd season, leading the team by 47 looks, 21 receptions, 443 receiving yards and 1 TD. Allen Robinson's departure should keep Mooney locked in as the dominant lead target tied to what should be an improving young QB.

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