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I thought things were bad for Brett Favre, but it appears Randy Moss has been dumped by a team for the second time. The Patriots shipped him to Minnesota for some practice jerseys and a few jugs of Gatorade. With the trade deadline behind them, the Vikings just cut him.
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What a fall from grace for one of the best receivers to ever play. The dream marriage between Favre and Moss never materialized. Although he wasn’t active in the passing game, the loss will hurt the Vikings as opposing defenses can game plan for Percy Harvin without the fear of a deep threat (at least until Sidney Rice is healthy).
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Moss will likely be claimed, but it’s hard to have any faith in him. Most thought the return to Minnesota would inspire Moss, but his effort came into question again yesterday. His praise of the Vikings after the game was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back.
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If you own Moss, you have to hold onto him. That doesn’t, however, mean that you have to start him once he finds a new home.
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There’s no place like home. Vikings fans (and Randy Moss owners) are hoping that is the case. He had a brilliant start to his career with the Vikings catching 17 TD passes as the Vikings took the league by storm going 15-1 until seeing their dreams dashed by the Dirty Birds aka Atlanta Falcons.
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Moss had 574 catches for 9142 yards and 90 TDs in seven years with the Vikings. He had one decent year and one dud with the Raiders before resurrecting his career with the Patriots. He caught 98 passes for 1493 yards and 23 TD in his first season with the Pats as they went 16-0 before being upset by the New York Giants. He followed that historic season with two more 1000+ yard, 10+ TD seasons. Currently he has nine catches for 139 yards and 3 TDs.
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Brett Favre has long expressed his desire to play with Moss and he finally gets his wish. Both Favre and Moss see their values increase. Percy Harvin will draw less attention and should see his numbers spike as well. Visanthe Shiancoe could see less red zone targets, but he remains a solid low-end TE1. Bernard Berrian becomes an afterthought…not that his play didn’t already make him one.
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For the Patriots, Tom Brady’s numbers take a hit. They’ll get by, but I expect them their offense to look more like the pre-Moss years. Wes Welker will draw the shutdown corners now and will also lose some value. Tight Ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski will be used in more two tight end sets and should see an increase in targets, especially in the red zone for Gronkowsi. Brandon Tate will slide into the starting lineup and becomes a borderline WR3. Julian Edelman should get more looks and become a bye week option in PPR leagues.


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