Three and out: Can Moss make a fantasy impact?

Moss wants to make a comeback: On Randy Moss’ 35th birthday, he decided to give the general public a present — the comeback of Randy Moss. The talented, mercurial wideout hasn’t played since a forgettable 2010 when he played for three different teams and caught just 28 passes for 393 yards. Of course, he will battle questions of whether his diminishing skills outweigh his notoriously prickly personality, similar to the equally unemployed Terrell Owens. If Moss is able to find a home, he will need to prove that a 35-year old WR who hasn’t played in nearly two years can still get it done. Right now, we tend to remain on the skeptical side and wouldn’t spend more than a late round pick on Moss, if anything.

Eagles could franchise Jackson: Citing a desire not to let DeSean Jackson go without getting something in return, the Eagles could place the franchise tag on the WR if the two sides can’t come to a deal. However, that doesn’t mean Jackson will necessarily play in Philly next season since the team could still trade the wideout. We’ve written at length about Jackson’s ups and downs in 2011, but if his behavior this year indicates anything, he could be a happier and more productive receiver in 2012 with a new contract in hand. Still, don’t bank on that too much and reach too early for him in your draft. Until he shows some consistency, Jackson remains a second-tier receiver and a guy who shouldn’t come off the board until the late third round or later.

Steelers, Ward could part ways: According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, Hines Ward might have played his last game in a Steelers uniform. The veteran could end up as a salary cap casualty after a season in which his numbers were casualties to the emergence of Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Ward has had an outstanding career and was a fantasy stud from 2001-05 — especially in PPR leagues. He has said he would like to play next season, but at this point, his value as a top fantasy producer has long since departed. If the former Georgia Bulldog lands a job next year, he’s no better than a mid- to late-round selection.

–Marcas Grant

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