• Darnell Mooney

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  • 172 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

CHI WR Darnell Mooney - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Detroit Lions

Darnell Mooney had just one catch for nine yards last week as the Bears' offense struggled to gain any yardage. Mooney had been showing some promise, with 11 receptions through the first two games, but there's only so much you can do when your quarterback finishes the game with six total completions. We'd expect Mooney to return to being a high-reception, low-yardage receiver this week against the Lions. He should be viewed as a WR4 play in PPR formats this week.

by Jordan Heck

CHI WR Darnell Mooney - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Cleveland Browns

Darnell Mooney is off to a decent start in PPR leagues, seeing seven targets in Week 1 and eight targets in Week 2. He was more productive in the second game, finishing 6-66. Interestingly enough, Mooney saw exactly four targets each from Andy Dalton and Justin Fields, so a change at quarterback shouldn't affect him too much heading into Week 3. It's also worth noting for the second game in a row, Mooney led all receivers in offensive snaps played. As we head into Week 3, we like Mooney to have another high-reception, lower-yardage game in a favorable matchup against the Browns. He should be viewed as a low-end WR3 or solid WR4 play in PPR leagues.

by Jordan Heck

CHI WR Darnell Mooney - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Darnell Mooney finished 5-26 on seven targets in Week 1, which isn't awful news overall. The 26 yards are a tough pill to swallow, but it was somewhat expected in a tough matchup against the Rams. The positives to take away are the seven targets, and the fact Mooney played 100% of the offensive snaps, the only non-offensive line Bears player to do so. Mooney is definitely involved in this offense, so his numbers should improve in better matchups, which he gets in Week 2. The Bengals gave up the third-most (tied) receiving yards to WRs in Week 1. Mooney comes in as a low-end WR3 or decent WR4 play in Week 2.

by Jordan Heck

CHI WR Darnell Mooney - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Los Angeles Rams

Darnell Mooney is in for an interesting season. He showed promise last year as a rookie, finishing with over 600 yards and he enters this year listed as a starter after the departure of Anthony Miller. Mooney draws a tough Week 1 matchup against the Rams, who gave up the fewest passing yards and passing touchdowns a year ago. When Mooney faced the Rams in 2020 he finished 3-40 on seven targets. We like Mooney as a WR4 or WR5 this week.

by Jordan Heck

CHI WR Darnell Mooney - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Darnell Mooney had a better than expected rookie season, finishing 61-631-4 last year on 98 targets. And as many film watchers have pointed out, his season could have been even better with improved quarterback play. He’s expected to get that with Andy Dalton, but perhaps even more with Justin Fields once the rookie takes over. Fields had an excellent deep ball at Ohio State, and that would pair nicely with Mooney’s speed. Mooney established himself as a strong No. 2 option in this offense, and we’d expect him to finish with the second-most targets in Chicago again, behind Allen Robinson.

Fantasy Downside
While Mooney is an intriguing sleeper, there’s a reason why fantasy owners are waiting until the double-digit rounds to take a chance on him. Mooney had 10 games last season with 40 yards receiving or less and only scored four touchdowns. He also could struggle to see the same amount of targets as last year considering Tarik Cohen is returning from injury, and Cole Kmet is emerging at tight end. The Bears also retained Jimmy Graham, and Riley Ridley, and brought in Marquise Goodwin and Damiere Byrd in the offseason.

2021 Bottom Line
Mooney is a solid sleeper candidate for 2021. Improved quarterback play could get his low catch percentage (62.2%) up, meaning fewer targets wouldn’t be a bad thing if he could convert them at a higher rate. He’s still not a top-tier option considering he averaged less than 40 yards per game with four scores, but if you have room on your bench late in the draft he’s a solid add.

by Jordan Heck

CHI WR Darnell Mooney - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Green Bay Packers

Darnell Mooney finished 4-39 on seven targets last week. It's a similar story to what we've seen from Mooney all year: Lots of targets, little production. His 58.8% catch percentage (receptions vs. targets) is 161st among 195 eligible receivers. Mooney is averaging just 3.3 receptions for 35.9 yards this season, which isn't great. He gets a tough Packers matchup this week, and it's a team he struggled with earlier in the season when he caught just three passes off nine targets for 34 yards. Mooney isn't much more than a WR4 play in Week 17.

by Jordan Heck

CHI WR Darnell Mooney - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars

Darnell Mooney was surprisingly productive last week, finishing 4-49-1 on five targets while adding a run for 16 yards. Mooney has now scored in back-to-back games, but at this point, he mostly needs a score to remain relevant in fantasy. He's averaging just 3.3 receptions for 35.6 yards, which is around what we have projected for him in Week 16. He'll be a TD-dependent WR5 in Week 16.

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