It’s not clear just how much Chase Edmonds’ shoulder injury has helped Moore the past 2 weeks, but it certainly hasn’t hurt him.
Moore saw his 2 largest playing-time shares the past 2 weeks, including a season-high 56% in Sunday’s win at Cleveland. He set a season-high with 3 carries in Week 5 and then matched it against the Browns. Moore has also seen average target depths of 0 yards or less in 3 of the past 4 games.
His season-high playing time and 7 opportunities (4 targets, 3 carries) produced just 26 total yards at Cleveland.
Edmonds improved from a single, limited practice in Week 5 to 3 limited workouts last week. So it’s fair to assume his shoulder is improving. We’ll see about his participation heading into Week 7. We’ll also see about the usage for both him and Moore in what could very well be another lopsided win vs. Houston.
Moore remains worth rostering but also continues to be a low-floor, modest-ceiling player.
Moore bounced back this week, catching 5 of his 6 targets for 59 yards. He also ran the ball 3 times for 38 yards. This was the first time seeing more than 3 targets in a game since his Week 2 breakout against Minnesota.
Going forward, Moore will be an inconsistent weapon who can produce when the volume is sent his way. Unfortunately for him, he is on an offense that has multiple weapons to lean on week to week. Chase Edmonds and Christian Kirk both thrive in areas where Moore lives.
There will be weeks where Moore is a beast but understand underwhelming weeks will happen with so many mouths to feed.
Moore’s playing time was lacking again in the Week 4 win over the Rams. He played 42% of Arizona’s offensive snaps and ran a route on 39% of pass plays. Both marks easily trailed WRs DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk. RB Chase Edmonds and TE Maxx Williams even ran more routes than Moore.
The Cardinals were clearly looking to get the ball into the rookie’s hands when he was on the field. He carried twice for 9 yards and caught all 3 of his targets for 28 yards, including a screen that went for 16 yards to convert a 3rd and 14.
Moore remains a strong fantasy stash because of his talent and the explosiveness of this Cardinals offense. But he can’t be trusted in starting lineups until his playing time grows.
Moore really made his Week 2 with a 77-yard catch-and-run TD late in the 2nd quarter, a play that found him ridiculously wide open after Kyler Murray rolled left out of the pocket.
That play accounted for 67.5% of Moore’s yardage for the game, but it certainly doesn’t paint the picture of his involvement. Moore led the Cardinals with 8 targets for the game, and led that category at halftime with 5. His early involvement included a touch pass from Murray on a designed play near the goal line. Moore nearly scored but lost a fumble just short of the end zone. (Replay reversed the Minnesota recovery, and then offensive holding negated the whole thing.)
Moore saw his exposure increase from running a route on 37.8% of dropbacks in Week 1 to 57.1% in Week 2. And the rookie’s targets per route have been strong through his only 2 games.
This looks more like an exciting, young player trending upward than a fluky 1st couple of games. We’ll see, of course, if the next couple of contests suggest otherwise. Arizona’s bevy of options -- 6 players saw 4-8 targets in Week 2 -- certainly leaves room for inconsistent target shares. A Week 3 trip to Jacksonville, though, gives everyone upside.