One NFL trade went down yesterday. Is another big one on the cusp?
The Buffalo Bills shipped former first-round pick Marshawn Lynch to the Seahawks yesterday, in a move that surprised almost no one. Despite all the talk from Buffalo about not trading Lynch, it was pretty obvious they were going to move him at some point.
Personally, I thought Green Bay would have been the perfect landing spot for Lynch after the Ryan Grant injury. Although the Packers missed out on Lynch, I still think they have a trade in them before the deadline. Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn are not going to carry that team to a Super Bowl.
The impact on the Seattle backfield is significant. Lynch will take over as the primary ball carrier. Justin Forsett, who had been handling the duties, will become the change-of-pace back. Leon Washington will be relegated to spot duty and kick returns.
As for Julius Jones? Well, he was cut.
Meanwhile, an even bigger trade could be on the horizon. Rumors surfaced last night that the Vikings and Patriots were working on a deal that would send Randy Moss back to Minnesota. As of this moment, which is 10:46 p.m. CST last night, no deal has been made.
Obviously this would shake things up for both teams.
Fantasy Impact in Minnesota
Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian and even Sidney Rice — when he returns — all take major hits in value. As for Moss? Status quo. As good as Tom Brady is as a quarterback, he spreads the wealth on offense — evidenced by Moss’ zero-catch performance in a blowout win against Miami on Monday Night Football. Favre probably will lock in on Moss. Could we see the return of the Randy Ratio, please?!?
Fantasy Impact in New England
The Patriots feel they have a ton of options if they are willing to let Moss walk. Wes Welker certainly will not change roles, but will see more focus from defenses. Brandon Tate is an interesting option here. He has been playing well all around and could start opposite Welker. Still, I expect platoon on that side of the ball and, like I said before, Brady will spread the ball around.
UPDATE: The deal is, reportedly, done. Moss goes to Minnesota in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Kyle Orton has been one of the biggest fantasy football surprises of the year so far. Now is the time to make sure he no longer is available in your leagues, especially with bye weeks upon us. Also, if Orton is gone, take a look for Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben will start in week 6 after Pittsburgh’s bye this weekend. [SI.com]
- More on the best waiver wire additions of the week, including advice on who fantasy owners can drop at this point. There are some good names out there if you dig deep. Sometimes I wish my fantasy rosters were unlimited. [ESPN.com]
- The consensus No. 1 overall pick during the summer has been anything but this season. Chris Johnson, though showing signs of his 2009 self here and there, has been held in check for the most part in 2010. Not a good sign for his fantasy owners, who paid a hefty price forthe speedy runner. [FanHouse]
- Spoke on Kyle Orton a little above, now about his receivers: Who would have thought that Brandon Lloyd’s name would be ushered from the mouths of fantasy owners again, and in a positive way at that? It is hard to ignore Lloyd’s production so far, but still difficult to trust him given his track record. Perhaps it is time to let bygones be bygones, fantasy owners. [Roto Arcade]
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