It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We continue with the wide receivers. Today, we take a look at a player who we’ve affectionately dubbed “Pym Particles” thanks to his diminutive size that still packs a punch. What can we possibly expect from Rondale Moore in his second year in the NFL?
Rondale Moore ADP and AAV:
Average Draft Position: WR68, 188 overall
Average Auction Value: $1
Rondale Moore Statistics:
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2022 Rondale Moore Fantasy Football Overview:
Rondale Moore is likely to have a running back/wide receiver hybrid role this season. But, before you get into your head that he is going to be the next Deebo Samuel, I want to let you know two things: Deebo Samuel is 6’0” and 215 pounds, and Rondale Moore is 5’7” and 180 pounds. Also, Deebo Samuel worried about the toll the Deebo Samuel Role would put on his body. Imagine trying to turn Rondale Moore into that, while giving up five inches and 35 pounds to Deebo. He would get turned into a pink mist.
But, Moore still handled some carries last season, toting the ball 18 times for 76 yards, but just two of these were up the middle or off the guard, and those two plays garnered six total yards. So, no, he won’t be a Deebo Samuel. But, he could still be useful. It’s probably kismet that I write this article immediately after Jarvis Landry’s because Rondale Moore’s best chance for upside in his rookie campaign is turning into an even smaller version of Landry. Last year, Rondale Moore finished with 65 targets, but an average depth of target of just 1.4 yards downfield. That’s a total of 91 air yards, per Pro-Football-Reference.com’s reckoning of his aDOT. That’s… astounding. Nineteen had over 91 air yards per game, including Mark Andrews, a tight end. And that’s all the yardage he had all year!
Now, some think there has to be a step forward for Rondale Moore this season. Mostly because they started from a place of “there has to be a step forward for Rondale Moore this season” and then worked backward from there. Remember when I mentioned his size? At 5’7” and 180 pounds, Rondale has an uphill battle for prominence, not only in the NFL but for fantasy football. Over the last three seasons, WR50 in PPR points per game averaged 10.9 points. For Rondale Moore to surpass the 10.9 points per game, he would need the greatest fantasy season ever from a player at 5’7” or shorter. Literally. Taylor Gabriel averaged 10.77 fantasy points per game in 2016, and that represents the high water mark for our short kings. Rondale’s rookie campaign ranked him eighth all-time in that statistic, but he would need a massive boost to even be on the fringe of fantasy football relevance.
2022 Rondale Moore Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
Rondale Moore is dirt cheap, WR69 (nice), and pick 191 overall. He also has no salary cap draft data. This is all very smart, as a lot of people are talking up Rondale Moore but there is no real reason for this other than wanting it to be true. Go ahead and skip the Rondale Moore draft pick, and let someone else bet on the upside that he returns a top-fifty season.
Best Case Scenario:
Rondale Moore gets actual Pym Particles and uses them to grow to 50’7”, and he dominates the league.
Worst Case Scenario:
Rondale Moore gets swallowed up by the Cardinals’ offense. Literally. There’s a huddle and when they break for the play, he’s disappeared.
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]
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