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Darnell Mooney


#49 Wide Receiver

116 Projected Points

ADP: 14.8
Bye: 10
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 176
40 Time: 4.38

2021 Projections & Outlook


#49 Wide Receiver

116 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
14.8 65 844 5 1

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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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The Bears have downgraded WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) to OUT for Sunday's game against the Saints. That boosts the fantasy football outlook for WR Anthony Miller.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Saints. The rookie didn't practice all week, so it looks like he's in real danger of missing this one. Mooney has averaged 7 targets from QB Mitchell Trubisky over the last 6 games, so his absence would free up opportunity for Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Co.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney is active for today’s game vs. the Texans. He missed practice this week due to a personal matter but is evidently ready to play. The rookie is just a fantasy flier.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney missed practice this week due to a personal matter. HC Matt Nagy only said Friday that he "thinks" Mooney will play vs. the Texans this weekend. The rookie shouldn't be in your Week 14 fantasy plans. His absence would free up a few extra targets for WRs Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller.

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Bears WR Darnell Mooney (knee) is active for today’s game vs. the Lions. He didn't practice on Friday and was listed as questionable, so the rookie figures to be operating at less than 100% today.

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