Why you should draft Elijah Moore in your fantasy football leagues

NY Jets, Elijah Moore
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It's football season! After a long spring and summer, the NFL is finally back, and with it, so is fantasy football. Just like in the NFL Draft, being able to hit on later-round players is paramount to a fantasy player's success, and there are few late-round players that could be as impactful as Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore.

Moore is expected to be the Jets' WR1 during the 2022 NFL season, and for good reason. The 2021 second-round pick is hoping to build off of an extremely promising rookie season, and while last year's numbers weren't eye-popping, they don't tell the whole story.

Moore looked like he belonged in his rookie year, quickly rising up the Jets' receiving ranks until, by the end of the year, he looked like he could have been the Jets' future WR1. It appears that, at least in training camp, he has taken that next step into becoming a top-tier player in this league.

Reports out of Jets camp have been that Elijah Moore has been making plays all summer. He's apparently separated himself from the Jets' receiving corps and become the clear WR1.

The Score's Jordan Shultz recently tweeted out that an NFC head coach said Moore has "just got it. Every single route that he runs is precise... Everyone thought he was a slot guy, but he played outside most of his rookie year."

This is true, as well. When Moore was coming out of Ole Miss, many people believed that he would mostly play in the slot due to his smaller stature (5-foot-10, 178 pounds). This was not the case in 2021, however.

Through weeks 8-11, Moore lined up on the outside on over 74 percent of his routes. During this time, he ranked fourth in the NFL with 2.92 yards per route run, proving that he is more than capable of lining up outside.

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Overall, expect Elijah Moore to break out in his sophomore season. He is a WR1 on a team with a young ascending QB. He is the definition of a sleeper player and should be a mid-round target for any person looking for wide receiver help in fantasy football this year.