Even more of Moore at Dallas. He had game highs of 8 catches, 12 targets, 113 receiving yards and 2 TD catches. Moore also carried once on an end-around for a 6-yard gain. He is tied for 2nd in the NFL in receptions, tied for 1st in 1st downs, 4th in yardage, tied for 9th in TD catches. He is well on his way to a 3rd straight 1,000-yard season.
This appears to be a breakout season for Moore, whose next TD catch will equal his season high of 4. It’s likely he can do that Sunday against Philadelphia, which has given up 9 passing TDs in 4 games. Moore has established a rapport with new Panthers QB Sam Darnold, and he is 1 Carolina player whose fantasy numbers are helped by having RB Christian McCaffrey out of the lineup.
If there were any remaining questions about the pecking order in Carolina’s WR corps, this game put those to bed.
Moore dominated, hauling in 8 of 12 targets for 126 yards. He accounted for 35% of the team’s targets, 35% of the catches and 41% of the receiving yards. Moore was targeted at all levels of the field and looked awesome as a route runner and after the catch. His outing could have been even bigger had QB Sam Darnold not just missed him on a potential 51-yard TD.
Through 3 weeks, Moore has accumulated 31 targets, 22 catches and 285 yards. Those marks rank 6th, 5th and 7th among WRs. Moore has scored just once but sits 9th at his position in PPR points and 13th in non-PPR.
Moore might pick up even more short-range work in the short term with RB Christian McCaffrey expected to miss the next few games with his hamstring injury.
He’s a must-start and has a chance to finish as a WR1 this season.
Moore continued to look like the Panthers alpha WR in Week 2. Racking up 8 catches for 79 yards and a score, Moore has now out-targeted Robby Anderson by 10 over the first 2 games. He scored on a short-range slant pattern that saw him shake free of the DB. The 24-year-old now ranks as the PPR WR15. Week 3 turns up a sweet matchup with the Texans, followed by another favorable draw at Dallas.
Moore looked like Carolina’s #1 WR in the opener. There were several plays dialed up to get the ball in his hands, including a jet sweep and a WR screen. The highlight of Moore’s day was a twisting, toe-tapper down the left sideline for 27 yards.
He finished with 6 catches on 8 targets for 80 yards. All 3 of those marks trailed only RB Christian McCaffrey (9 targets, 9 catches, 89 yards). Moore played 81% of Carolina’s offensive snaps and ran a route on 92% of pass plays.
The Panthers have a deep group of weapons, so Moore might be left out a few times this season. But he should be locked into fantasy lineups as a rock-solid WR2.