Fantasy Football Alert: Randy Moss Reportedly Waived by Vikings
All that said, the transaction would have enough of a ripple effect on the fantasy landscape to warrant your attention.
For starters, fake owners of the mercurial superstar now find themselves in a bind. Moss is obviously too talented to drop outright. On the flip side, his trade value is at an all-time low (OK, perhaps not all-time, we all remember that one year with the Raiders).
This leaves you just one option -- wait things out.
Again, the move isn't yet official. And besides, the odds Moss remains unemployed by the weekend are extremely low. In fact, he'll probably find a job in the next couple days. Once he's officially put on waivers (presumably Tuesday), teams will have 24 hours to claim him. Do you honestly think all 31 NFL teams will pass? Heck, the Patriots might even consider bringing him back ... if he makes it all the way back to them (New England is last in line). Obviously, where he winds up will ultimately determine his future value, but hey, anything's better than sitting on a zero for the next two months, right? Well, unless the Panthers decide to throw their helmets in the ring. Then you're really screwed.
As for the fallout in Minnesota, Brett Favre has been bad with Moss. Call me crazy but I don't think he gets better without him. I advised those in standard-sized leagues to sever ties with Favre a month ago; those in deeper formats now have my full endorsement.
While Moss didn't light up the real or pretend scoreboard in his second go-round with the Vikes, he still drew plenty of defensive attention. Nineteen catches, 292 yards and two scores (with an additional rushing score) the last four weeks says Percy Harvin benefited the most from this. It's not a given, but the loss of Moss could slash his value just as much.
If anybody benefits from the purge, it's tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. If you recall, he was one of Favre's favorite targets prior to Moss coming on board (17 targets the first three games, 11 the last three). Theoretically, he should re-enter the picture in 12-team leagues.
What happens to Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo and Greg Lewis is anybody's guess. We do know they weren't factors before Moss. With Favre's body in worse shape now than at the beginning of the season, and Tarvaris Jackson throwing TDs to Naufa(who?) Tahi, it's kind of hard to see their situations improving. Gun to my head, I'd probably go with Berrian. But that's only in really deep leagues.
What about Adrian Peterson, you ask? Consider him Moss-proof (477 total yards, three TDs his first three games this season).
Sidney Rice? See Brett Favre note above (has Rice even started running yet?)