How To Treat Elijah Moore as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
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Remember when Elijah Moore wanted out of New York because he couldn’t stand the Zach Wilson experience? That stance, while crazy unprofessional, aged pretty well for the sophomore wideout as he immediately returned to fantasy relevance with the quarterback switch to Mike White.
Moore, a preseason fantasy darling, logged his first touchdown of the season in Week 12 and suddenly has fantasy managers everywhere pondering if he’s worth an add.
Action Network’s staff of fantasy football experts has you covered on how to approach Moore for the stretch run of the season.
Sean Koerner: Moore gets a significant boost with Mike White at quarterback.
When White was under center last year from Weeks 7-10, Moore was the WR6 in fantasy. That being said, Garrett Wilson is the clear No. 1 target in this offense. Moore is worth a flier in case he becomes the No. 2 like we expected heading into the season, but we can’t trust him in lineups until we see his playing time go up.
Last week, he posted a 2/64/1 receiving line despite only running a route on 42% of White’s dropbacks. He needs to be closer to the 70% range before we could possibly trust him as a WR3/Flex again.
Samantha Previte: Earlier in the season, it looked like Moore would be on the move after requesting a trade. He spent a few weeks doing little amid this drama, but he may be fantasy relevant once more with White taking over.
The Year 2 wideout found the end zone for the first time this season and reeled in a season-high 64 yards against Chicago.
Moore was the No. 2 behind Wilson, however, who caught 5-of-8 targets for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He is the WR21 in half-PPR scoring with one game left to play, while Wilson is the WR2.
I have hope for both now that Zach Wilson is benched for the foreseeable future (in fact, I think it would be coaching malpractice for Robert Saleh to play Wilson again this year).
Moore could flirt with WR3/4 numbers next week against the Vikings, whose defense ranks 27th in pass DVOA and has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
Mike Triplett: I can’t get overexcited here considering Moore had just two targets during the Mike White offensive revival. His season overall has been a massive disappointment, with three total catches over his previous five games before that.
It will probably take more than a quarterback change for Moore to return to the WR1 potential he flashed as a rookie. However, it’s worth taking a flier on the upside of the 34th overall pick in last year’s draft. And it really is remarkable how openly Moore and his teammates have talked about how much Zach Wilson was holding him back.
Teammates were reportedly shouting things like “E’s free!” after Sunday’s game – and Moore’s quote about talking to a football before the game was one for the ages.
“I was talking to the ball, and I was like, ‘You already know how I feel about you.’ I was kissing her, and I was telling her, ‘It’s going to be soon, it’s going to happen soon,’” Moore cracked. “She told me she loved me, and she wanted to get back.”