With players such as Rondale Moore in the race for greatness. Winning fantasy football leagues ultimately comes down to finding value in the mid-rounds or selecting players whose performance substantially exceeds their average draft position. Experienced fantasy football players know how to analyze player trends and determine which players are poised for breakout performances. With that in mind, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore is a player worth keeping an eye on for your upcoming draft.
Moore, a flashy 5-foot-7, 180-pound receiver with impressive speed and lateral quickness, spent three seasons at the University of Purdue before being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He was limited to just seven games during his final two seasons in the NCAA, but showcased his talent as a freshman; Moore caught 114 passes for 1,258 receiving yards and scored 12 touchdowns through 13 games.
While it was somewhat strange to see the Cardinals select another receiver in the second round of last year’s draft, Moore proved himself a versatile threat during his rookie campaign. He finished the season with 54 receptions for 435 yards and one touchdown. He ranked third on the team in receptions and had a better catch percentage than Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz, DeAndre Hopkins, and A.J. Green.
Christian Kirk’s Departure
Arizona’s receiver group will look considerably different in 2022, especially while Hopkins serves his six-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy. Kirk signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cardinals acquired Marquise “Hollywood” Brown from the Baltimore Ravens. Despite the addition of Brown, Moore should still see plenty of targets as the team’s slot receiver and is likely to get even more throws his way down the field.
Moore should especially perform well early in the season with Brown likely having to adjust to the playbook and the playing style of quarterback Kyler Murray. A.J. Green will be 34 next season and it’s clear his best days are behind him. This, coupled with Hopkins’ six-game absence, should make Moore a favorite target of Murray.
Flashed Signs Early in 2021
Moore has already proven himself to be an adept starter in the NFL. While his snap counts were inconsistent as the 2021 season progressed, he was heavily involved in the offense during the Cardinals first two games of the season. Moore recorded 11 receptions for 182 yards and scored his lone touchdown of the season during those two games.
Rondale Moore is a Dual Threat
On paper, the Cardinals offense should be much improved in 2022. The team has plenty of ways in which to beat opposing defenses with a mobile quarterback and veteran wide receivers in Green, Hopkins, and Brown. Even assuming all three of those players are healthy, Moore can still be deployed in the backfield as a running back.
Moore rushed 18 times for 76 yards last season for an average of 4.2 yards per attempt, slightly lower than Murray and running back Chase Edmonds but ahead of James Conner (3.7 YPA). He rushed for 213 yards on only 21 attempts during his only full season at Purdue.
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