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.
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.
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.
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!
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.