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If you're looking for a WR that could make a Diontae Johnson type leap in their second season then Mooney might be the one to target. Mooney excelled at getting separation as rookie but was held back by the same old Bears QB play. With Robinson potentially gone that will open up a lot of targets this coming season and the Bears have a chance to improve at the QB position if they get Wentz. 

 

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As a Bears fan, he really outperformed my expectations... However, I'd temper expectations, especially when comparing to someone like Diontae. Mooney has more of a complementary skillset, as opposed to being the focal point or alpha of an offense. I think he can be really good, and useful in fantasy, but I don't see WR1 upside. 

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21 hours ago, sSektor said:

Robinson still there and a minimal at best QB improvement. Still an interesting late round dart throw I think.

Unfortunately there is likely a 2nd/3rd round WR coming as well

2022 with ARob gone will be his shot

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Not the worst WR5 if he stays that low.  He's currently not a top 60 WR but data that late is extremely unreliable.   A possible leap forward candidate that you can cut if he doesn't float your boat in the first month or so.   

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I watched a lot of tape of him last year and his hands and ability to break away from coverage were already bordering on elite. And of course he has insane speed. He reminds me a bit of a smaller Stefon Diggs. Obviously not saying he has that type of upside but I will be pretty stunned if he doesn't make a leap this year. Underrated stat: Mooney was on the field for a higher % of pass plays than any other WR in the NFL last year. He's going to get a chance to really ball out.

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13 hours ago, sleepysock said:

I watched a lot of tape of him last year and his hands and ability to break away from coverage were already bordering on elite. And of course he has insane speed. He reminds me a bit of a smaller Stefon Diggs. Obviously not saying he has that type of upside but I will be pretty stunned if he doesn't make a leap this year. Underrated stat: Mooney was on the field for a higher % of pass plays than any other WR in the NFL last year. He's going to get a chance to really ball out.

I also viewed him as being a similar player to rookie Diggs albeit with much less opportunity. Lets hope Fields drastically changes the outlook of the Bears offense once he takes the reigns.

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I'm a big believer in Mooney's talent, no doubt, and he'll be on at least some of my rosters. Only question is what's his ceiling this year? Even with a significant blowup it my not be all that high given the situation. I like him better in dynasty than redraft.

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On 7/17/2021 at 3:22 PM, gsiegel said:

I'm a big believer in Mooney's talent, no doubt, and he'll be on at least some of my rosters. Only question is what's his ceiling this year? Even with a significant blowup it my not be all that high given the situation. I like him better in dynasty than redraft.

Ceiling is Diggs-lite. Unlikely to reach of course, but the speed, route-running and hands are in that ballpark. Maybe "realistic" ceiling is 80/1100/8? I assume the Bears will air the ball out a lot more this season and he will benefit with his ability to separate, something that didn't matter much last year with the personnel they had. Fields can throw a deep ball and the Oline should be much better. I'm drafting him expecting around 65/800/5 with the potential to do much much better if things falls into place.

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It's the Bears.  They can't ever seem to throw for a lot of yardage.  This guy is a WR 5 with upside.  Don't overpay though.   They play a lot of games in the cold late.  The QB's usually suck etc. AROB is a great get though.

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1 hour ago, hard1 said:

That may be, but he made AJ Green a pretty good wr 1 for a number of years.

Darnell Mooney aint exactly prime AJ green, and he had a crazy talented Dallas offense at his disposal last year with which he looked totally washed.  Hoping dalton propels this guy to stardom at this point in his career is pretty optimistic 

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