Three and out: Randy Moss in ‘freakish shape’

Time for our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …

Moss working to make impact: If you drafted Moss last season, I don’t have to tell you that he was the biggest bust in fantasy football. After playing for three teams and producing some of the worst numbers of his career, his stock is clearly on the downside. But will that actually make Moss a bargain? His agent claims Moss is in “freakish shape” and plans to return to the “old Randy Moss.” Whether the veteran wideout, 34, can accomplish his goal could depend on where he lands. Everyone knows that Moss has the reputation of playing when he wants to play, so if he’s with a winner (like the Jets) he could be more motivated. But fantasy owners will be disappointed if the expectations are that Moss will be the elite player he was with the Vikings and Patriots. I’d roll the dice on him no sooner than the middle to late rounds.

Bush heading for South Beach?: During Wednesday’s “NFL Total Access,” insider Jason La Canfora suggested the Dolphins “might actually set the market” for Reggie Bush if and when he’s released by the Saints. Such a scenario would provide a huge boost the fantasy value of Daniel Thomas, who would be the favorite for early-down carries and goal-line work in Miami. Thomas could be worth as much as an early- to middle-round selection if the Dolphins land a third-down, pass-catching back like Bush rather than bring back Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams. Thomas is currently our top-rated rookie.

Cards need a quarterback: If you watched the trio of Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall last season, you know that the Cardinals need a new signal-caller about as badly as Giants closer Brian Wilson needs a wardrobe consultant. NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan suggested three options in a recent column, naming Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton and Matt Hasselbeck as potential fits. If the Cards do land one of this trio, or someone like Donovan McNabb, I’ll quickly put Larry Fitzgerald back in the top five among fantasy wide receivers. Currently ranked at No. 8 at NFL.com, Fitzgerald would easily be worth a second-round pick with a significant upgrade at quarterback. Stay tuned, fantasy owners.

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