Kansas City Chiefs rookie WR Skyy Moore fantasy football projections

Everyone expected the Kansas City Chiefs to invest in the receiver position at some point in the 2022 NFL Draft. That’s exactly what happens when you trade in a future Hall of Famer recipient in the months leading up to draft.

The Chiefs added Skyy Moore with the No. 54 pick in the second round of the 2022 NFL draft. The question everyone now wants to know about Moore: What will Moore’s rookie season be like?

In The Huddle’s preseason fantasy football predictions, Moore falls to 50th as a receiver with a projected statistic of 52 receptions for 720 yards and five touchdowns. Moore comes in as the fourth-place rookie receiver behind Garrett Wilson (Jets, 38), Treylon Burks (Titans, 39) and Drake London (Falcons, 41).

One of the reasons they seem to rate Moore so highly as a rookie is that the Chiefs have a ton of 2021 targets to replace due to off-season departures. They actually have the second highest percentage of targets that need replacing, after the Titans per Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports.

The opportunity will be there for Moore to carve out a nice offensive role, but what does history say about the possibilities? Over the years, Andy Reid’s system was considered notoriously difficult for first-year recipients. Go back to his Philadelphia days and his top rookie receivers were two of his top pros in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

Reid’s time in Kansas City has proven not to be much different. Indeed, his most prolific rookie receiver was Tyreek Hill, who accounted for the largest percentage of goals, yards and total touchdowns of any Chiefs rookie wideout during his tenure. His second-best was Mecole Hardman in 2019, who under Reid had the highest snap percentage of any Chiefs rookie receiver.

Unless Moore is a big outlier, our friends at The Huddle’s predictions look spot on, if not a little generous. He will battle for snaps, targets and touches with Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He will also get used to Reid’s system and his role in it, which has proven difficult for newcomers in the past.

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