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Darnell Mooney - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsDarnell Mooney's Basic Stats

Darnell Mooney
ADP: 6.5
Bye: 14
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 24.6
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 176
40 Time: 4.38
Speed Score: 91.70
Burst Score (Rank): 124.90 (71%)

Darnell Mooney's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#38 Wide Receiver

134.1 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
6.5 78.7 1022.5 5.1 2.6 0.7

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

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.

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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Velus Jones, WR CHI

8:20pm EDT 5/1/22

Bears need Jones in '22

Adam Jahns of The Athletic believes WR Velus Jones “should have an immediate role on offense.” Frankly, it would be a major disappointment if he didn’t. The Bears feature a bunch of WR3/4 types behind Darnell Mooney, while Jones exits college as a 25-year-old. So yes, the opportunity outlook is nice. And Jones boasts rare, 4.31 speed. But his pedigree is uninspiring, with just 58-627-4 across 4 seasons before a 2021 breakout (62-807-7). He's not someone we're chasing in rookie drafts.

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Beat writer Adam Jahns considers WR to be the Bears’ “top priority” in free agency. It’s hard to argue that one. Darnell Mooney took a step forward this past year, locking him into a starting spot going forward. Allen Robinson will play elsewhere next year, though. And the team currently lacks quality WR talent. Michael Gallup, Mike Williams and D.J. Chark supply a few intriguing options, but we'll see who makes it to the open market. Bank on Chicago adding a WR or 2 in the draft — just note that they’re without a 1st rounder following last year’s trade up for Justin Fields. As of now, the Bears won’t be on the clock until the 7th pick of Round 2.

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The Bears fired HC Matt Nagy. This move has been anticipated for weeks now. Nagy went 12-4 in his first season at the helm but totaled only 22 wins over the past 3 seasons. He also didn't seem to maximize QB Justin Fields' skill set this year. Chicago's next HC hire will be key for Fields' development.

Update: Chicago also fired GM Ryan Pace.

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Bears WR Allen Robinson has been activated from the COVID list. He figures to siphon a few targets from WR Darnell Mooney and TE Cole Kmet this weekend, but A-Rob isn't a fantasy option vs. the Giants.

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Bears HC Matt Nagy said Friday that QB Nick Foles will start Sunday's game vs. the Seahawks. QB Andy Dalton (left hand, groin) is out for Week 16, while QB Justin Fields (ankle) was unable to practice on Thursday or Friday. Nagy said that Fields might be active on Sunday, but it'd be as Foles' backup. Foles made 7 starts for the Bears last season, averaging 238 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT on a 66% completion rate and 5.9 yards per attempt.

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Dynasty Overview View WR Dynasty Rankings »

Darnell Mooney, WR CHI
Dynasty MVP 122.2
Position Rank #30 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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