2022 Fantasy Upside
Darnell Mooney managed to finish with 1,055 receiving yards last season, which was 17th-best among wide receivers. It was a big step up from his rookie season as he improved in yards per reception, yards per game, and yards per target. Speaking of targets, Mooney saw 140 of them last season, which was 10th-best in the league among wide receivers. He also averaged 13.0 yards per reception, which was 9th-best among wide receivers. Mooney already took the spot of WR1 last season, but with Allen Robinson gone, and no real additions to replace him, Mooney should continue to see a ton of targets.
2022 Fantasy Downside
While Mooney took a big step up last season, it wasn’t all highlights. We mentioned he had 140 targets, which is nice, but he had a 57.9% catch percentage, which ranked 181st out of 212 eligible players. And while Robinson is gone, that may be a bad thing as teams can focus on Mooney as the Bears’ only receiving threat. Mooney also hasn’t been a strong end zone threat, scoring four receiving touchdowns in each of his two seasons. Overall, it’s not a great situation Mooney is in as the Bears had the 7th-fewest passing yards as a team a season ago. There's not much optimism that it's going to improve this year.
2022 Bottom Line
Mooney is the clear WR1 in this offense, and he should clear 1,000 yards again. He could really take a step up this season if he’s able to improve on his catch percentage from last year. Even if he sees fewer targets, it’ll be huge for him if he’s able to catch passes more efficiently. Mooney offers some decent value at his current ADP as the 30th WR off the board. He has high-end WR2 potential if Justin Fields is able to take a step up, and if Mooney improves his catch percentage. Mooney should be viewed around the WR25 range heading into 2022.