Darnell Mooney
WR CHI (14)
Sun 1/9/22 4:11 PM

Mooney caught 12 passes for 126 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 81 receptions 1,054 yards and four touchdowns.
EDGE Analysis
Despite the Bears having a mostly anemic passing attack throughout the season, Mooney showed that he's on his way to becoming a star player. On four occasions, he recorded more than 120 yards, and although he had just four receiving scores, the lack of touchdowns had more to do with the lack of quality at quarterback than his talent. He'll enter the third year of his four-year rookie deal in 2022, and he could certainly be drafted as a top-30 receiver next summer.

Darnell Mooney
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Sun 1/2/22 4:23 PM

Mooney caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Mooney scored his touchdown in the first quarter, but even with the Bears winning in a blowout before halftime, he continued seeing passes from Andy Dalton after intermission. As the clear lead receiver, Mooney's 13 targets were more than double the amount of any of his teammates. With at least 57 yards in each of his last three games, he'll remain an excellent floor play in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Darnell Mooney
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Sun 12/26/21 7:14 PM

Mooney caught five passes on nine targets for 57 yards while adding a two-yard rush in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Mooney had fewer than 10 yards with a couple minutes left in the third quarter, but with the team mounting a late comeback, he had a productive finish to the game. Earlier in the contest, Nick Foles struggled to get the ball to his top receiver, underthrowing him on a couple occasions and simply not seeing him on other plays. With a fair chance of the Bears getting back Justin Fields or Andy Dalton in Week 17, Mooney will be in position to take advantage of a middling matchup against the Giants.

Darnell Mooney
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Mon 12/20/21 11:28 PM

Mooney caught five passes for 63 yards in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.
EDGE Analysis
Mooney caught three of his passes on third downs in the first half, which helped the Bears extend drives, but otherwise, the team went with a run-heavy approach, and Mooney disappeared for most of the second and third quarters. Even on the first fourth-quarter drive in which the Bears drove down the field through the air, the only target Mooney saw was an overthrown ball in the end zone that he was unable to stay in bounds on. On the next drive, he had another chance for a score, but again, the pass was overthrown. Although his usage hasn't been consistent, he could easily have a strong finish to the fantasy season with games against the Seahawks and Giants, especially if he can return to the target share he saw between Week 8 and Week 12.

Darnell Mooney
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Mon 12/13/21 6:32 AM

Mooney caught one pass on five targets for 19 yards in the Bears' 45-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Aside from a pair of improbable receptions by Damiere Byrd and Jakeem Grant, the Bears' passing attack struggled to find consistent success, and Mooney was unable to do much against a Green Bay secondary that rarely gave him room to operate. Although he was targeted five times, his target total fell behind David Montgomery and Allen Robinson. Over the last two games, Mooney's posted his worst performances since Week 3, but his talent and role in the offense should lead to a rebound in the fantasy playoffs.

Darnell Mooney
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Sun 12/5/21 4:25 PM

Mooney caught five passes for 27 yards in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Between the Cardinals rolling coverage toward Chicago's top receiver along with Andy Dalton having very little time to throw, Mooney was unable to get anything going downfield. With the Bears playing from behind in the fourth quarter, Mooney was able to catch four of his five passes on the day to provide his fantasy managers with a decent floor performance. Going forward, Mooney could easily perform as a top-30 wide receiver as the lead receiver for the Bears, and he could see extra space to operate if Allen Robinson (hamstring) can return to action soon.

Darnell Mooney
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Thu 11/25/21 5:12 PM

Mooney caught five of eight targets for 123 yards in a 16-14 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving.
EDGE Analysis
With Allen Robinson (hamstring) out for a second straight game and Marquise Goodwin (foot) exiting early Thursday, Mooney was left as Andy Dalton's only reliable option at wideout, and the second-year speedster took full advantage by topping 120 yards for the second straight game and the third time this season. He could have trouble keeping that streak going in Week 13, however. In addition to a tough matchup against the Cardinals and the potential return of Robinson cutting into his opportunities, rookie Justin Fields (ribs) could be back under center in place of Andy Dalton, increasing the volatility of the entire Chicago passing game.

Darnell Mooney
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Wed 11/24/21 2:13 PM

Mooney (foot), who was listed at limited on all three of the Bears' Week 12 practice reports, doesn't have a designation for Thursday's contest at Detroit.
EDGE Analysis
Meanwhile, No. 1 wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) didn't practice and was listed as doubtful for a second week in a row, which resulted in a DNP this past Sunday against the Ravens. During that contest, Mooney notched a career-high 16 targets and turned them into five catches for 121 yards and one touchdown. Justin Fields left in the second half of Sunday's game due to bruised ribs and won't play Thursday, meaning Mooney will be on the receiving end of passes from Andy Dalton, with whom he connected on a 60-yard score in Week 11.

Darnell Mooney
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Tue 11/23/21 6:03 PM

Mooney (foot) was estimated as a limited participant Tuesday for the Bears' walk-through practice.
EDGE Analysis
Chicago has now listed Mooney as a limited participant on both of its first two Week 12 reports, but head coach Matt Nagy hasn't expressed any outward concern about the wideout's availability for a Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit. At the very least, Mooney's health appears to be in a better spot than fellow starting wideout Allen Robinson (hamstring), who went down as a non-participant for the second straight day coming off an absence in the Bears' Week 11 loss to the Ravens. Assuming Robinson is unable to return to action on a short week, Mooney could be in store for another huge target share Thursday. Mooney drew a season-high 16 looks in the loss to Baltimore, catching five of them for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Darnell Mooney
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Mon 11/22/21 4:51 PM

The Bears listed Mooney (foot) as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report.
EDGE Analysis
The same foot injury rendered Mooney a limited participant in two of the Bears' practices last week, but it didn't stop the second-year wideout from turning in a season-best 5-121-1 receiving line on a career-high 16 targets in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Ravens. The absence of Allen Robinson (hamstring) likely was a significant factor in Mooney earning extra looks, but the latter could be headed for another busy game Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. Robinson was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice report and may have a tough time gaining clearance to play on a short week.