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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: 23
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 176
40 Time: 4.38

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

3.8

DS Projection

6.1

Consensus

38 other sites
7

High Ceiling

9.5

Rest of
Season

7.2

Week 6 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3.5 48.8 0.2 6.1
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4 52 0.3 7.2
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 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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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (back) is active for tonight’s game against the Rams. He put in a full practice on Friday, so we’re not overly concerned about the back. But the matchup vs. a tough Rams secondary leaves Mooney as a low-floor Week 1 fantasy play.

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