The NFL Network, via reporter Michael Lombardi, dropped a bombshell today, reporting that WR Randy Moss had been cut by the Minnesota Vikings following a short four-game stay in Minneapolis.
Moss was less than productive during his time in Minnesota, and was recently critical of Minnesota head coach Brad Childress following the Vikings' loss to the New England Patriots. Lombardi also reports that Moss did not return to Minneapolis with the Vikings on Sunday evening, remaining in Boston.
Even as a veteran, Moss must now pass through waivers. He may be claimed by any team along the way, and Moss is not expected to clear waivers with the ability to sign with any team as a free agent.
Fantasy Football Impact
While the impact of Moss' release will reverberate around the NFL for the next few days, how the news impacts fantasy football is a question that is on many owners' minds at the moment.
Some potential landing spots for Moss include Buffalo, Carolina, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver and San Diego. Should he make it past those six teams, he may land in St. Louis, which would bolster a Rams receiving corps decimated by injury.
Obviously, any team that claims Moss must weigh his potential contribution against his clear attitude issues and determine that his production will outweigh any negative impact he makes on the football team.
The best destinations for Moss in terms of potential fantasy production would include Buffalo or San Diego. Adding Moss to a depleted Chargers receiving corps could drive QB Philip Rivers's already-solid fantasy production to stratospheric levels.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin may be the one player affected most by this move. In recent weeks, Harvin had returned to his natural position as a slot receiver, and had operated extremely effectively in that role.
With Moss' departure, Harvin will be forced back to the outside until WR Sidney Rice is healthy enough to return to game action.
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe should also see an uptick in production. He seemed to be the forgotten man upon Moss' arrival after putting up very solid numbers during the first three weeks.
Fantasy owners that invested in Randy Moss's stock back in September should sit tight and wait to see how things play out over the next 24 hours. Unless owners receive a very juicy trade offer, there is no sense in selling low on Moss until we know what his situation will be for the remainder of the year.
Simply put, Moss's value can't really drop much lower than it is right now. There is no reason to sell until you can fully evaluate the situation.
Best of luck to you this weekend. May your domination continue, or your comeback begin.
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