David Moore: Seattle Savior or Hoax?
Has Moore just been the benefactor of Baldwin’s injury? He’s a taller, faster version of Baldwin, and both coming out were known for their route running ability though Baldwin came from Stanford and Moore from small college East Central Oklahoma. In just his 2nd professional season, Moore has been able to make a name for himself in a receiver group that doesn’t have much after Baldwin and Lockett.
He’s been active in all Seattle’s games this year, though it wasn’t until their win over Arizona in week 4 that he saw any real targets. Since then, he’s caught 11 of 13 targets for 221 yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s currently fourth on the team in targets and receptions, and of the top receivers on the team, Moore’s averaging the most yards per catch at 20.1 yards per reception. With Baldwin being 30 years old, and Seattle’s options being quite slim, Jaron Brown and Malik Turner being his only competition for the WR3 role, I’d expect Moore to continue to see targets the rest of this season and beyond. Baldwin continues to be slowed by the knee injury from earlier this season, so Moore will keep being the deep threat until Baldwin can resume that role, instead, Baldwin has been handling the short to intermediate routes.
If you haven’t picked up Moore by now, he probably isn’t available or you’ll have to give up quite a bit of bidding money to acquire him via the free agent pool. I’ve added him earlier this season in multiple leagues and he’s beginning to pay dividends as a bye week flex option, with plenty of future upside. If you are thinking about trading for him, I’d be mindful of what you are giving up and temper the expectations, as it has only been a nice 4 games stretch and we need to see more (no pun intended) before we can get too excited but things are looking up for this young wideout.