Seattle Seahawks 2017 seventh-round pick David Moore has been one of Russell Wilson‘s favorite targets in the end zone the past three games. The second-year man out of East Central Oklahoma has now scored in three straight games. He’s scored four touchdowns total over that span. His playing time and production are on the rise and fantasy football players everywhere now want to know who he is.
David Moore Will Be a Top Waiver Wire Consideration in Fantasy This Week
All He Does is Score
At 6’0″ and 219 pounds, Moore is a strong and athletic receiver (95th percentile SPARQ). Moore ran a 4.48 second 40-yard dash at his pro day last year and had a 36 1/2” vertical according to (Rotoballer). He’s shown an ability to get downfield and make tough contested catches. He did it in the preseason and now he’s doing it again in the regular season.
Moore uses his big body and long strong arms (30.5”) to go up and snatch the ball out of the air. Moore gained notoriety in the preseason this year after making a few spectacular catches and showing some chemistry with Wilson when they were on the field together. Now, eight weeks into the season the chemistry between the two is growing and the Seahawks are benefiting. Wilson and Moore fantasy owners are also benefitting.
Over the past three games, Russell Wilson has had fantasy scores of 25, 26, 28 and he’s thrown three touchdown passes in each of those games. During that same span of games, Moore had <three catches / 38 yards / two touchdowns>, <two catches / 47 yards / one touchdown>, <four catches / 87 yards / one touchdown> and fantasy scores of 18, 12, 19.
The offensive line play and running game in Seattle has really picked up the past few weeks. Their good play has afforded the offense more opportunities in the red zone. Wilson and Moore have both capitalized on those opportunities.
Another thing that is helping to propel Moore to the head of the receiving pecking order is the health of Doug Baldwin or lack thereof. At the beginning of the season, the Seahawks looked to Brandon Marshall to help fill the void left by Baldwin’s absence. Marshall served his purpose in the first couple of games but the return of Baldwin and the ascent of Moore have since relegated him to backup duty.
David Moore Does a Lot With a Little
Moore has not been a target monster. Instead, he has done his damage while living on big plays. While it is unlikely that he stays on his current streak of scoring touchdowns (four over the past three games) he has moved past Marshall and Jaron Brown in the wide receiver pecking order. The coaches and Wilson seem to trust him. So far Moore has only given them reason to reaffirm that trust.
It’s true that the Seahawks want to be a run-first team and they are doing a good job of it lately. However, the Seahawks also love to throw the ball deep off of play-action so there’s a chance that Moore continues to produce outside of just being a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.
It’s possible that the Seahawks have found their Paul Richardson replacement. That’s the light that we should look at Moore in. He is a player that can have a couple of big plays and have a great game, but he’s also someone who can disappoint if he doesn’t connect on the big plays or have a touchdown in a game.
Moore probably isn’t a great option for PPR leagues at this point. In such leagues that go deep at receiver, then sure, he’s a grab-and-stash player or desperation flex play. Standard leagues are where Moore becomes a little more interesting. When you’re not counting on points from receptions then it doesn’t matter how the player gets the points, whether from yards or touchdowns.
Fantasy Footballers Want Moore
Moore is a worthwhile pickup in standard leagues if you’re looking for receiver help. I see him as a WR3 or flex option in a 12-team standard league. Moore will likely be the number two waiver wire target at wide receiver for this week. Right behind Keke Coutee who will now be the number two wide receiver in Houston after Will Fuller went on injured reserve this week.
Moore is a classic boom/bust player in PPR leagues with his low number of targets, so buyer beware. I currently view Moore as a WR4 in 12-team PPR leagues until his number of targets per game increases. He’s a good grab-and-stash player with the potential to be a second-half stud if his playing time and targets were to go up. However, I wouldn’t put him in my starting lineup just yet until that does happen, outside of said deep standard leagues.
So far, David Moore has been able to do a lot with a little. It will be interesting to see, if the Seahawks do stay hot, whether or not he gets more looks going forward and what kind of numbers Moore can produce. One thing is for sure, Moore has opened some eyes and earned some more playing time with his recent performances and the fantasy owners who land him on the waiver wire this week will be hoping for that to continue. Stay tuned for Moore.