We’ve got some decent changes in Fantasy Football power this week.
Randy Moss is no longer a Patriot and has returned to Minnesota. Unfortunately for Moss owners, 2010 Favre is no Brady or Culpepper. I wouldnt expect the miserable numbers of Oakland Moss, but definitely look for a value drop. Favre will find him, and his numbers will go up when they figure each other out and Rice gets back. Moss will provide the deep threat that the Vikings have been lacking, but frankly, I dont think Favre can get it to him anymore. Moss is still a fantasy starter, but dont expect anything astronomical from him as a Viking this season.
This trade also means big changes for the Patriots. Without a solid #1 downfield threat, I have to imagine that the stock of Welker goes way down. Having a slot receiver as your number one can not be a good strategy. How he will perform as a #1 WR going up against the opponent’s best CB will be what makes or breaks the Patriots this year. I see Brady’s stock taking a hit, but the stock for Hernandez, Gostkowski, and Green-Ellis to go up. Two incredible sleepers have arisen from New England in the last 2 days being Danny Woodhead (after a breakout performance in Week 4) and Brandon Tate (a 6-1 receiver who is the likely fill-in for Moss as the deep threat.)
Vick is not going to play Week 5. Kolb is. As was evident in Week 1 and last week against the Redskins, he is not starting material. He is up against the SF defense. The offense will adjust to his style over the week, so he will have a better outing than last week, however, there are many value changes on the Eagles with this change. McCoy goes up (despite a broken rib, he will see all the carries that no longer go to Vick, he will also be a huge underneath passing option), Celek goes up (Kolb looks for the short pass first, Celek is a great option this week). I see the stock of D. Jackson and Maclin both going down. Neither one will see any big looks and both will have to work their magic after the catch if they are going to have any success with Kolb under center.