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How to handle injury to Bears WR DJ Moore for fantasy football in Week 15 vs. Browns

Chicago’s top wide receiver is questionable to play on Sunday. We go over how to approach his injury for fantasy football.

DJ Moore of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on December 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Chicago Bears WR DJ Moore is being listed as questionable to play in Week 15 vs. the Cleveland Browns due to an ankle injury. There’s a chance Moore is able to get on the field and be active for Sunday’s matchup. There’s also a scenario in which Moore sits and the Bears are thin at wide receiver against a tough defense. We’re going to go over the fantasy football impact in the playoffs for QB Justin Fields and the rest of Chicago’s receiving core if Moore is out.

Fantasy football advice: DJ Moore injury

To be clear, this isn’t a good spot for the Bears. They’re on the road vs. the Browns, a very tough defense, and a team in the AFC playoff picture. That picture is super tight and while Cleveland has a slight advantage at 8-5, any miscue could allow multiple teams to jump ahead in the standings. Just that narrative alone might scare us off playing Bears position players in a key fantasy football week.

If Moore sits, there are two names that pop up — Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet. Mooney should be available in a lot of leagues and isn’t a bad insurance policy to take out before Sunday, adding him to the roster off the waiver wire. Mooney has played the second-most snaps this season at WR behind Moore and is third on the team with 49 targets. It hasn’t translated to production but Mooney did see seven targets last week in the win over the Lions. We know he’ll get snaps. We know the targets should be there. It’s a bad matchup but Chicago could be playing from behind as well. If Moore sits, Mooney is a fringe FLEX play in PPR in deeper formats. Try and have another WR outside of this situation ready to go if Moore is out.

The other player is Kmet, who is second on the team behind Moore in most receiving categories. Kmet has played a wide majority of the snaps at TE this season and is the second receiver behind Moore and ahead of Mooney. Kmet enters Week 15 as the TE6 overall in fantasy this season, which is a huge surprise from before the season. Kmet has been one of the most consistent and steady TE plays in fantasy for PPR all season long. If Moore is out, Kmet is almost a must-start despite the matchup. He should see good target volume and would be Fields’ top target.

Is anyone else worth playing?

Not really. The running back situation is a mess and D’Onta Foreman looks like the only viable play (in deeper formats as a FLEX). If Moore is out, WR Tyler Scott figures to be the second wideout behind Mooney but third potential target behind him and Kmet. Scott would be in line to play anywhere from 30-40 snaps. He could see a handful of targets but is very, very risky and difficult to trust for fantasy football purposes.