Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney has faced a challenging season, lacking touchdowns since Week 1 and exceeding 50 yards in just three games. Week 14 saw the 26-year-old match his season-high target count from Week 1 with seven, but he only managed two catches for 44 yards in the team's 28-13 win over the Lions. While it marked his first game in four with over 30 yards, the significant targets hint at untapped potential. With DJ Moore leading the passing game and Cole Kmet as a secondary option, Mooney struggles to secure a consistent role in a run-focused team. In Week 15 against the Browns, who allow the second-fewest points to receivers, Mooney's reliance on big plays or touchdowns positions him better for the bench unless he establishes a more dependable role in the offense, making his fantasy outlook uncertain heading into the crucial matchups.
Dec 10, 2023 9:26 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney has faced challenges throughout the year, managing just three games with at least 50 yards. The 26-year-old has been touchdown-less since Week 1 and experienced a dip in performance with less than five PPR points in three consecutive games. Despite playing 81% of the snaps in Week 13, Mooney caught only two of his three targets for a mere six yards. This disappointing display marked the eighth time this season that Mooney had two or fewer receptions, with five instances of gaining 20 or fewer yards. Heading into Week 14 against the Lions, who allow the 11th-most points to wide receivers this season, Mooney's outlook remains uncertain. In their Week 11 encounter, he managed just one catch for 24 yards. Considering the recent struggles, it's advisable to keep Mooney on benches in most leagues for Week 14.
Dec 8, 2023 12:54 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney faced another unproductive outing in Week 12, securing just two catches on three targets for a mere six yards in the team's narrow 12-10 victory over the Vikings. Despite an 81% snap share, the 26-year-old struggled to leave a mark, extending his streak to three consecutive games with less than five PPR points. Throughout the season, he has only reached double-digit fantasy points twice. Over the last three games, Mooney has managed just five catches on eight targets, diminishing his value across most fantasy formats. Despite the improved passing attack with Justin Fields at the helm, Mooney remains overshadowed by DJ Moore and Cole Kmet in the offensive hierarchy. As the Bears enter their bye week in Week 13 before facing the Lions in Week 14 who allow the seventh-most points per game to receivers Mooney's fantasy outlook remains uncertain, urging managers to reevaluate his role on their rosters.
Nov 28, 2023 11:04 AM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney faced a challenging Week 11, securing just one catch on one target for 24 yards despite being on the field for 60% of the snaps. Despite his significant playing time, the 26-year-old was targeted only once, rendering him virtually nonexistent in the game. Mooney's season has been marked by limited success, with just one game surpassing 60 yards and no touchdowns since Week 1. While the return of Justin Fields improves the overall potential of the Bears' passing attack, Mooney has struggled to find consistency. As the Vikings allow the ninth-most points per game to receivers this season, it's a tempting matchup. However, Mooney is advised to remain on fantasy benches until he can demonstrate reliable volume in the Bears' offensive scheme.
Nov 25, 2023 6:16 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney was quiet in Week 11, catching his only target for 24 yards in the team's 31-26 loss to the Lions. Despite the return of quarterback Justin Fields from a thumb injury, Mooney struggled, marking his fifth game this season with one reception or less. The 26-year-old has endured a challenging year, with only one game surpassing 80 yards and no touchdowns since Week 1. In Week 12, the Bears are set to take on the Vikings, who allow the fourth-most points per game to receivers this season. Despite the enticing matchup, Mooney's inconsistency in an air attack dominated by DJ Moore raises concerns about his reliability for fantasy lineups. Until he can showcase more consistency, fantasy managers may need to exercise caution before placing Mooney in their starting lineups.
Nov 19, 2023 7:42 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney hasn't had the season he imagined, recording over 60 yards just once and scoring only one touchdown. Justin Fields (thumb) is set to return this week, but Mooney's best game this season came with backup Tyson Bagent under center. The 26-year-old has only seen more than four targets three times this year and hasn't found the endzone since Week 1. The overall offense should improve with Fields returning, but Mooney is yet to make a consistent impact this year even when the offense is thriving. The Bears take on the Lions in Week 11, who allow the 11th-most points per game to receivers this season. Due to his overall weak body of work and low ceiling, Mooney belongs on benches in most formats this week.
Nov 17, 2023 12:45 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney continues his tough 2023 season, pulling in just two of his four targets for 14 yards in the team's 16-13 win over the Panthers. After setting his season-high in yardage a week ago, the 26-year-old posted his seventh game with less than five targets this year and still hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1. Justin Fields (thumb) remained out, but Mooney has struggled to be consistent regardless of the quarterback. His most efficient day came with Tyson Bagent, but the overall ceiling of the Bears' passing attack is limited with the undrafted rookie under center. The Bears take on the Lions in Week 11, who allow the 18th-most PPR points per game to wide receivers this season. With DJ Moore and Cole Kmet dominating the workload in this passing offense, Mooney is safe to leave on benches until he proves to be more involved in the offense.
Nov 10, 2023 11:29 AM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney is coming off his most impressive game of the year since Week 1, recording five catches for 82 yards in the team's 24-17 loss to the Saints. The 26-year-old played a season-high 87% of the snaps and showcased his big-play ability with a 38-yard reception. Justin Fields (thumb) is doubtful for Thursday Night Football, but Mooney has grappled with inconsistency regardless of the quarterback. Tyson Bagent is expected to start, and the Bears' passing attack is notably limited with the undrafted rookie at the helm. The matchup is less than ideal, as the Panthers have allowed the fifth-fewest PPR points per game to wide receivers this season. It may be best to keep Mooney on your bench until he can offer more consistent performances.
Nov 8, 2023 2:08 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney faced a challenging stretch of games but finally found his stride in the team's 24-17 loss to the Saints. The 26-year-old hauled in five catches on six targets for 82 yards, marking new season-highs in both categories. This game marked the first time this season that Mooney exceeded 53 receiving yards and broke a seven-game streak of finishing with fewer than 10 double-digit PPR points. Looking ahead, there's the possibility of Justin Fields (thumb) returning in Week 10, potentially elevating the ceiling of the Bears' passing attack, even though their chemistry hasn't always been consistent this year. The Bears take on the Panthers in Week 10, who allow the seventh-fewest points per game to receivers this season. Mooney might be more of a stash option for now until he demonstrates greater consistency.
Nov 5, 2023 7:46 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney is coming off the highest snap percentage he's played all season, with an 85% snap count in the 30-13 loss to the Chargers. Despite starting strong with a 41-yard reception, that was the extent of his production, finishing the game with just one catch for 41 yards on four targets. For the second-straight game, the Bears attempted to involve Mooney in the run game, but he has only two carries this year for a total of five yards. The Saints are in the middle of the pack in points allowed per game to wide receivers this season, but the 26-year-old has only had one game with double-digit PPR points. With starter Justin Fields (thumb) sidelined once again, the Bears' passing attack is limited with rookie backup Tyson Bagent. It's advisable to keep Mooney on benches this week.
Nov 3, 2023 1:39 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney has been struggling to produce in the early part of 2023, and that trend continued on Sunday night. While he started the game with a 41-yard reception, that was his only catch in the Bears' 30-13 loss to the Chargers. He had four targets but failed to get anything going after his initial big play. Despite Justin Fields' (thumb) absence, Mooney has been facing challenges this year, regardless of who's at quarterback. Fields may return next week, potentially increasing Mooney's value, but until he experiences a breakout performance, he remains an unattractive fantasy option. The Saints are a middle-of-the-pack team against wide receivers this season, but Mooney's lackluster performances suggest he's best suited for bench roles.
Oct 30, 2023 12:41 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney has struggled to make a significant impact this season, never recording more than four catches or exceeding 53 receiving yards in a single game. In Week 7, with backup Tyson Bagent at quarterback, Mooney managed just four catches on five targets for 32 yards. Although this marked the most targets he's seen in a game since Week 1, he was unable to break free. During that game, the 25-year-old also had his first rushing attempt of the season but gained a mere two yards, indicating that he won't become a consistent part of the run game. With DJ Moore being the primary target in the offense regardless of the quarterback, Mooney has limited opportunities in a lackluster offense. Particularly with Justin Fields sidelined due to a thumb injury, it's advisable to consider benching Mooney, even when facing a Chargers' defense that has allowed the most points per game to receivers this year.
Oct 27, 2023 12:52 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney will look to get things moving in the right direction in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings after failing to register a catch on four targets in a Week 5 win over the Washington Commanders. Mooney had some good looks in that TNF win but quarterback Justin Fields missed him on a pair of overthrows, including one that could have gone for a 75-yard score to open the game. The dud in Week 5 was a disappointment considering Mooney caught 4-of-4 targets for 51 yards in the Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos. With DJ Moore and Cole Kmet dominating targets in the Bears' offense, Mooney will have to make do with his limited looks, which makes him a WR4 in Week 6 against a leaky Vikings defense. However, all it takes is one accurate deep shot from Justin Fields for Mooney to pay off.
Oct 14, 2023 2:48 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney caught all four of his targets for 51 yards in the Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos with Chase Claypool being a healthy scratch. He played 75 percent of the offensive snaps and was the clearcut No. 2 wideout behind DJ Moore, but the overall production was still somewhat of a disappointment with Claypool out in a game where the Bears offense actually was productive for the first time in 2023. Mooney is facing what has been a porous Washington Commanders defense so far this year on Thursday night in Week 5. The Commanders have allowed the sixth-most half-PPR points per game (36.7) to the receiver position. It's a good matchup, but Mooney is going to need more targets to justify a flex play in fantasy lineups.
Oct 5, 2023 11:50 AM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (knee) was a full participant during the team's practice on Friday. Mooney was banged up in the Bears loss to the Buccaneers in Week 2 and failed to record a catch in the game. He has been listed as a limited participant all week but all signs point toward Mooney playing this Sunday. The talented receiver posted 53 yards with one touchdown in Week 1 and has shown a solid rapport with quarterback Justin Fields in the past. But the Bears offense has looked terrible through the first two games and Mooney is not fantasy playable at this time.
Sep 22, 2023 9:01 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (knee) was a full participant at practice on Friday and is officially good to go for their Week 3 matchup against the Chiefs. His knee injury was believed to be minor when he left their last game against Tampa Bay and it looks like that is confirmed. He was unable to record any stats in Week 2 but did have four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Even though he's healthy for this matchup, Mooney is a low-level flex play at best in deeper leagues. The Chiefs have proven to have a good defense and Justin Fields is still working through some accuracy issues.
Sep 22, 2023 3:43 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice. The 25-year-old also got in a limited session on Wednesday, putting him in position to play in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs if he is present in some capacity once again on Friday. The Bears will need all the ammunition they can find in order to keep pace with the Chiefs on Sunday, so they'll hope Mooney is good to go by then. The fourth-year wideout caught four of seven passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in the season opener, but was held catchless before exiting Week 2 early in the second half. Mooney would be a dart-throw WR4/FLEX if he is ultimately able to play in Week 3.
Sep 22, 2023 12:02 AM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. After playing 84 percent of the offensive snaps in the season opener, Mooney suffered a knee injury in the Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played just 28 percent of the snaps while not catching a single pass. The good news is that Mooney's knee ailment isn't serious, so he has a chance to play this weekend as the Bears look to get their first win of the year against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 25-year-old was seen as a potential bounce-back candidate in 2023 after an injury-plagued 2022 campaign, but it's hard to trust any Chicago pass-catcher right now with how bad their passing attack has looked through the first two weeks of the season.
Sep 20, 2023 8:30 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney's knee injury that he suffered in the Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday isn't considered serious, according to a source. Mooney referred to his injury as a "nagging bruise" and thinks he'll be "fine" heading into a Week 3 meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 25-year-old didn't put up any points for fantasy managers on Sunday because of his injury, but he'll have an opportunity to bounce back in Week 3 as long as he doesn't suffer a setback with his knee injury. Mooney had 53 yards and a touchdown in the season opener in Week 1 but didn't have a single target on Sunday. If Mooney does miss the Week 3 contest, Chase Claypool will have a shot to prove he still belongs in the starting lineup.
Sep 18, 2023 7:31 PM EST
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney's (knee) knee injury he sustained Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is not considered a serious setback. The 25-year-old was forced from Week 2's meeting early during the second half and was not targeted before exiting. Chase Claypool stepped up to haul in a touchdown pass after his Week 1 effort, or lack thereof, was questioned. It doesn't seem as though Mooney is staring at an extended absence. His practice status will need to be observed throughout the week, though, to clarify his availability for Week 3's road outing against the Kansas City Chiefs. D.J. Moore could be peppered with targets after leading Chicago in receiving in Week 2 if Mooney is unable to play.
Sep 18, 2023 12:45 AM EST