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In the past week, the New England Patriots lost cornerback Asante Samuel to the Philadelphia Eagles, and according to ESPN's John Clayton, the Pats came pretty close to losing Randy Moss to the Eagles as well.
|Randy Moss caught 23 TD passes in 2007.|
In fantasy terms, this is obviously the best possible scenario. The Brady/Moss combo just put the finishing touches on one of the great fantasy seasons of all time, and even without the departed Donte' Stallworth in the Pats' receiving corps, Brady and Moss figure to be the most lethal duo in fantasy come the 2008 regular season. Did the league learn something about containing Moss from the playoffs? Well, sure: It learned that if you have an elite pass rush, you can make Brady throw the ball before Moss can get downfield. The problem with that is about 25 teams in the NFL don't have anything close to an elite pass rush.
Fifty touchdown passes for Brady and 23 touchdown receptions for Moss almost certainly won't happen again. Peyton Manning threw for 49 in 2004, and came back with "just" 28 in 2005, with basically the same skill personnel. But with Wes Welker still in the fold and the team's offensive line back apparently en masse in '08, I still think you have to put Brady and Moss at the top of their respective positional fantasy rankings heading into the summer.
Christopher Harris is a fantasy baseball, football and racing analyst for ESPN.com. He is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writing Association award winner across all three of those sports.You can e-mail him here.