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D.J. Moore ruled out vs. Saints, concussion

D.J. Moore had a classic third-season breakout this year but will miss the season finale.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore runs onto the field before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

D.J. Moore will end his breakout 2019 campaign sitting against the Saints due to a concussion. With nothing to play for, there was no need to risk back-to-back concussions for Moore, who is a key part of their future success.

Their matchup against the Saints this week is important, but only if the Lions can make it a game against the Packers. The Saints could see that the Packers are up by 30 at halftime and rest their starters. Moore’s absence will make it even easier for the Saints to coast this week against Will Grier, who looked dreadful in his first start in Week 16. Curtis Samuel would be an obvious bump for fantasy and DFS this week, but it’s hard to get on board with Grier getting him the ball.

Moore will finish the season with 87 receptions for 1,175 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers come with the obviously bad Kyle Allen leading the way for the season. Moore is a no-doubt No. 1 receiver in this league with annual Top-10 upside. But the Panthers need to have a quarterback who can get him the ball in 2010.