Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Elijah Moore is a Potential League Winner

by LaQuan Jones "RealDealFantasy"
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The fantasy football playoffs are quickly approaching. With that, you should be looking for players on the waiver wire or players you can trade for who could be potential league winners. One of those players is New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore.

BREAKOUT

It’s no secret that the New York Jets are a horrible team. However, this is fantasy football and a team’s record doesn’t matter. We only care about production and in Moore’s last four games he has 24 catches for 336 yards and four touchdowns.  The Jets are playing musical chairs when it comes to the quarterbacks situation. Despite that, as long as the quarterback isn’t Zach Wilson, Moore has been productive.

Mike White, Josh Johnson, and now Joe Flacco have all been the starting quarterback for the Jets since Zach Wilson was sidelined with injury. Backup quarterbacks are unlocking rookie Elijah Moore’s potential. The rookie out of Ole Miss has been lighting it ups each of the last four weeks for fantasy managers.

In the last four weeks, Moore has been ranked as the third best wide receiver in fantasy football. He’s putting up stud numbers that have fantasy managers excited to put him in starting lineups. The truth is, you probably didn’t have him in starting lineups in Week 9 when he had his breakout game. However, the four weeks have given enough reason to put Moore into starting lineups as he leads the Jets wide receivers in targets.

The Problem

Elijah Moore moving forward should be in your starting lineups until Zach Wilson returns as the starting quarterback. Wilson shouldn’t be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. However, as the second overall pick, the Jets might feel pressure to put him back in the starting lineup once he’s healthy.

With Wilson being raw, it was weird for the Jets to go into this season with zero veteran quarterback presence. That back-fired quickly once Wilson couldn’t go a week without throwing an interception and struggled mightily. This led to the Jets actually trading for Joe Flacco.

Every quarterback on the Jets roster has thrown a touchdown to Elijah Moore but Zach Wilson Wilson isn’t that guy yet. He could certainly still develop, but as of right now, he’s not ready to be thrown in the fire. Even still, the Jets could be looking at another quarterback within the next two years. With a talent like Moore, the Jets will be anxious to get the offense moving at full throttle.

The Future

Elijah Moore didn’t have an expensive fantasy football ADP in the summer. You are probably smiling ear to ear with Moore in your flex position putting up big points. He’s the perfect compliment right now behind your already established WR1 and WR2 in your lineup.  Moore’s fantasy playoff schedule looks beneficial as well if Wilson remains on the sideline.

Most fantasy football playoffs will start Week 15 because of the additional game added by the NFL. Moore’s first round matchup would be against the Miami Dolphins. Miami is ranked second in most fantasy points allowed per game to wide receivers. That’s not to mention he just put up 29.60 PPR fantasy points against that same Miami defense with Joe Flacco at quarterback

In round two, Moore would face the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary. The Jaguars secondary has played well in moments, but they’ll be unmotivated by Week 16. The Jets could come out with a win and Moore could have another big day.  The Jaguars are averaging 23 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers. Over these last four weeks, Moore has averaged 21. This is another good matchup for Moore.

Finally, in the Week 17 championship round, the Jets will be facing the Buccaneers. This could be a tricky matchup with the Jets not being able to run the ball. However, that only means good things for Moore from a volume standpoint. The Buccaneers secondary has been banged up all season and Moore could find his spots. That’s all we really care about in fantasy. Volume is king.

END GAME

If you’re still able to trade in your fantasy football leagues up until fantasy playoffs, making a run at Moore makes sense. He’ll be a gem for you stepping up when it matters in the playoffs. If you’ve lost someone like Robert Woods, Moore could be a savior in your lineup.Enjoy your Elijah Moore shares and keep faith that Zach Wilson will not return back to the starting position!

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