Vikings’ Harvin stands to lose in Moss’ departure

Do you suppose that Raiders general managing partner Al Davis was sitting in his silver-and-black adorned office in the Bay Area when news of Randy Moss‘ eminent departure reached him and thought to himself, “Wow, even I would not make a move that crazy.”

Or course, that is assuming that somebody put the news on an overhead projector in his office. But still, the story certainly has turned the NFL on its ear. Suddenly, benching Redskins QB Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman does not seem so strange. It’s like Nicolas Cage looking at that Corvette as it was dragged by the jailbird plane in “Con Air” and remarking, “On any other day, that might seem strange.”

Moss did not put up the huge fantasy numbers that most expected when he went back to Minnesota. But it would be foolish to overlook the fantasy impact he had on some of his teammates. Most notably, WR Percy Harvin.

Harvin has certainly looked like a superstar since the arrival of Moss. But it’s now Harvin who appears destined for the same drop in production that WR Wes Welker felt when Moss was traded from New England. Welker went from posting elite numbers –especially in PPR leagues — to being rather pedestrian in the Patriots’ new offense.

While Harvin is likely to see more double teams, one possible positive could be the fantasy value of  TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who had disappeared in the Vikings’ offense in recent weeks. Maybe WR Sidney Rice is also closer to returning than originally thought.

And hey, Moss already made one reunion this year. What’s to say that he cannot make a return to Oakland?

Adam Rank

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