Matt Moore proved to be a great fill-in quarterback in Fantasy and reality last season when he started the final three games and a playoff matchup for the Dolphins after Ryan Tannehill (knee) got hurt in Week 14. Moore had at least 19 Fantasy points in a standard league in the final three games of the regular season and two games with at least 20 points. Tannehill is expected to be healthy for the start of the season, but if he suffers a setback or gets hurt again then it's clear the Dolphins and Fantasy owners can rely on him as a fill-in option. He's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but Moore can help Fantasy owners if needed if he gets the chance to start at all in 2017.
Moore stepped in at quarterback after starter Ryan Tannehill left practice Thursday with a possible left knee injury, the Palm Beach Post reports. The severity of Tannehill's injury has yet to be clarified, but at first glance it's not hard to imagine him missing some time. In such a scenario, Moore would step in as the Dolphins' top signal-caller. While Moore doesn't possess the level of upside that Tannehill does, he is a capable veteran option who could carve out fantasy utility while working with targets such as top wideouts Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, along with new tight end Julius Thomas.
Moore completed 29 of 36 passes for 289 yards with a touchdown and interception in Sunday's 30-12 wild-card loss to the Steelers. He also gained two yards on one rush and lost two fumbles. The final numbers look more than adequate from a fantasy perspective, but three untimely mistakes ultimately defined Moore's afternoon and sealed the Dolphins' fate. Moore lost the handle on a late second-quarter sack by James Harrison deep in Steelers territory, and then repeated the dubious feat on the opening possession of the third quarter when he was separated from the ball by Mike Mitchell at the Steelers' 42. The veteran signal-caller then failed to see Ryan Shazier on a pass over the middle for Jarvis Landry on the next possession, leading to an interception and return by the former to Dolphins' 25-yard line. Moore otherwise hung tough on a day when he was brought down five times overall and hit on many other occasions, including one instance when he had to leave the game for one play after a hard hit by Bud Dupree. Although he ultimately couldn't get his team past the opening postseason game, Moore once again validated his reputation as one of the NFL's most capable backups with his performance over the last three weeks of the regular season and Sunday's contest.
Moore is slated to start Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Per the report, Ryan Tannehill is not even in line to suit up as a backup, as he works his way back from a knee injury. In four games this season, including three starts, Moore logged a 105.6 passer rating, while recording an 8:3 TD:INT ratio in that span. He'll take aim Sunday at a Pittsburgh defense that ranked 16th in the league in the passing yards allowed department, with an average mark of 242.6 per game.
Moore completed 24 of 34 passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 35-14 loss to the Patriots. He also fumbled once but recovered. Moore was efficient enough in the regular-season finale, despite the fact that his team's defense was steamrolled by a Patriots team vying for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. He displayed particular rapport with Jarvis Landry, connecting with the PPR monster on nine of the team-high 12 targets he directed his way. While Moore has certainly proven capable of leading the Miami offense in his three starts during Ryan Tannehill's (knee) absence, the stakes will be considerably higher and the conditions much tougher if he finds himself under center in next weekend's Wild Card showdown versus the Steelers. Tannehill's status remains up in the air, and certainly will be monitored closely as the practice week unfolds.
Moore completed 16 of 30 passes for 233 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 34-31 overtime win over the Bills. He also lost a yard on his only rush. The veteran backup demonstrated once again why a capable second quarterback is such a valuable commodity, doing a solid job of managing the game and giving the Dolphins a chance to hang on for the pivotal victory. Moore was fortunate in multiple respects Saturday, as he was able to lean heavily on Jay Ajayi, who blistered the Bills for the second time this season to the tune of 206 yards on the ground. He also benefited from some highly incompetent tackling on the part of the Buffalo defense, which missed multiple tackles on a 56-yard catch-and-run touchdown by DeVante Parker, as well as on a 44-yard reception by tailback Damien Williams. With no definitive timetable for Ryan Tannehill's (knee) return, Moore will presumably be behind center once again in the New Year's Day season finale against the Patriots.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@New York Jets||30||24.50|
|4||10/01||New Orleans Saints||32||33.00|
|7||10/22||New York Jets||30||24.50|
|11||11/19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||16.00|
|12||11/26||@New England Patriots||31||32.00|
|14||12/12||New England Patriots||31||32.00|
|16||12/24||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||19.50|
|3 Year Avg||61.3||252||3||1||-2||0||27|