Cardinals WR Rondale Moore Is Primed For A Fantasy Breakout As A Rookie — Roster Him Now
Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Rondale Moore
- Cardinals rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore was highly productive in his limited Week 1 action.
- Fantasy football expert Sean Koerner explains why he's anticipating Moore to enter fantasy WR3 discussion.
- Rostered in only 30% in Yahoo! leagues as of writing, Koerner makes his case for adding Moore to your bench.
Make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened, seat is in upright position and all electronic devices are on airplane mode — because Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore is ready for takeoff.
Moore had a modest four catches for 68 yards in his NFL debut, but is a buy-low candidate I am sounding the alarm on.
The only discouraging stat from Moore’s debut was his playing time — he ran a route on only 39% of quarterback Kyler Murray’s dropbacks. However, Moore saw a staggering 36% target share when he was on the field. There’s no way any player could sustain that level of usage, but it demonstrates that head coach Kliff Kingsbury will scheme up ways to get Moore the ball.
Moore will be one of the league’s more dangerous runners with the ball in his hands — in fact, after Week 1, he leads the NFL in yards after catch per reception at 16.1 YAC/R.
The Cardinals are the perfect scheme fit for Moore because they’ll create plays that maximize his skill set. That was on full display with this 25-yard catch and run in their season opener here (via NFL NextGenStats):
You can see that it was a designed screen pass that sent TE Maxx Williams (#87) in motion to block the free corner (#31), D.J. Humphries (#74) to kick out to pick up LB Jayon Brown (#55) and allow Moore (#4) to evade five (!) would-be tacklers to pick up a huge gain.
I remember being blown away by Moore’s elusiveness while watching his college film. I believe he’ll be special in this scheme and his playing time should only go up (from 39%). He could sneak into the WR3 discussion for PPR formats very soon.