As we near the NFL Draft, we’re going to speculate on some of the landing spots that have the potential to shake up dynasty drafts.
Many of our writers will look to pair their favorite player with the perfect team and that always makes for fun content. However, I wanted to take a different approach and instead examine a landing spot I saw in a recent mock draft to explore what the ramifications of such a scenario would be.
With that in mind, I offer you D.J. Moore to the Atlanta Falcons.
The RotoViz Favorite
When you add up being young, productive, and athletic, you get a player we at RotoViz are ready to get behind. So it really isn’t surprising to see Moore take home the championship in our prospect tournament.
Not only is D.J. Moore’s score the highest in this year’s class, it is the highest score ever achieved by a receiver invited to the combine. For perspective, the next few names on the list are: Allen Robinson, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Dez Bryant, Kenny Britt and Amari Cooper. And, no, that list wasn’t edited — that’s the list. … A plus-athlete across the board, Moore easily slots in as my WR1 in this year’s class.1
PlayerProfiler.com has his best comparable as Pierre Garcon/Sammy Watkins. This suggests that Moore profiles more as a target-hog Flanker rather than a true “number one,” but this archetype has translated to fantasy points for many players. Matt Harmon’s comp of Golden Tate also makes a lot sense if we look at players with similar athleticism to Watkins.
Moore tested much better than Watkins or Tate in the explosiveness and agility drills. He almost certainly won’t be draft as highly as Watkins, but he should be able to top Tate’s draft position.
Could He Make An Impact In Atlanta?
While Cort Smith believes there are better landing spots for the rookie, the Falcons have the eighth-most available air yards. A potential departure of starter Mohamed Sanu would move them up to sixth on the list with 1,044 available air yards. Sanu has a six million dollar cap hit for the next three seasons, but the team would get most of that back if he’s a post-June cut.
If Sanu is cut, Moore would have only to compete with the seemingly touchdown-allergic Julio Jones for valuable red-zone targets. The Falcons have finished in the top six in red-zone scoring over the last two seasons, so there should be plenty of red-zone targets to go around.
Hasan Rahim pointed out in his prospect preview that as a sophomore, Moore led the team in both receiving and return yardage. Atlanta’s 2017 returner, Andre Roberts, ranked 23rd in the league in yards per punt return and 15th in yards per kick return. So not only could Moore fill a glaring need at receiver, but it’s fair to assume he could also step right into the return-specialist role, making it much more likely that he would see the field in 2018, whether Sanu is there or not.
According to Myfantasyleague ADP, Moore is currently going 8th overall (2nd WR) in rookie drafts. It’s entirely possible that a player like Calvin Ridley or James Washington would leap frog him if one of them landed on a team like Dallas or Green Bay.
I expect that dynasty owners won’t be too enthusiastic about Moore if he lands in Atlanta. However, he could be set up for more immediate opportunity than many realize. The Falcons have the 26th pick in the upcoming draft. If Moore is still available when they are on the clock, he could be a productive pick for Atlanta and for fantasy owners alike.
- Editor’s note: We don’t believe these Moores are related. Nepotism accusations neutralized! (back)