With Randy Moss officially being dealt to the Minnesota Vikings, it seems like there are an endless amount of angles from which people are dissecting this thing. The ripple effect from the announcement is one of the most defined I can ever remember. One particular group of people whose heads must be spinning are fantasy football fanatics. We’ve already shared our thoughts on what the trade means for the fantasy value of Brandon Tate, but what about Tom Brady?
Are Brady’s fantasy owners screwed? Hardly. The Patriots are a pass-first team and aren’t going to change their entire philosophy after dealing a receiver — even if it’s their top receiver — four weeks into the season. However, it would be reasonable to assume that Brady’s fantasy production is going to take a hit. By that I mean I wouldn’t expect many games where he throws for over 300 yards and 3 or 4 touchdowns.
I’ve already shared my thoughts on whether or not the Patriots are in trouble without their only actual deep threat. I think they’ll bounce back and eventually be a better team, even if not this season. While the offense is probably going to take a hit from a point-scoring standpoint, could the Moss trade actually help the Patriots defense? Yes, this still has to do with Tom Brady’s fantasy value. Just hear me out.