In a move that should revive his sagging fantasy appeal, Randy Moss is reportedly heading to New England. According to ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli, the Raiders and Patriots have finalized a trade that sends Moss to New England for a fourth-round draft choice.
With the deal completed, Moss should be perceived as a high-quality fantasy starter again. Many of Moss' troubles in Oakland can be linked not only to quarterback problems, but also his approach while playing in a losing environment. With the Patriots, Moss suddenly finds himself in a completely opposite situation, with a great quarterback on a Super Bowl contender.
After establishing himself as a fantasy superstar during the first seven years of his career, Moss was a major disappointment the past two years. Injuries and unhappiness with his situation in Oakland were among the factors that eventually led to him having the worst season of his career in 2006. There were whispers that Moss lacked the desire to play hard and he had also lost some of the explosive abilities that made him one of the NFL's best receivers in his Minnesota days. By the second half of the '06 season, it was clear fantasy leaguers couldn't even consider him a regular starter anymore.