The big news this week was the Randy Moss trade, and I think it's good for everyone on the Vikings. It will make their offense more explosive overall. It'll unstuff the box for Adrian Peterson. It'll open up the underneath stuff for Percy Harvin. It'll draw coverage away from the other receivers, and once Sidney Rice comes back he'll make a killer bookend to Moss. I think it will re-energize Brett Favre, too, and he'll make sure to get the ball to Randy.
The other big trade was Marshawn Lynch going from the Bills to the Seahawks. That's a great trade for him and the team. It's a good environment and a good situation for him. He knows people out there, and he'll feel comfortable and wanted. Plus, they're on the bye this week, which means he'll have some time to get up to speed, and he'll be able to start making plays right away. He should make everyone on that offense better.
The hottest player in fantasy right now is Kyle Orton. He's lighting it up every week. Even with Knowshon Moreno, the Broncos are not going to run the ball that much. They have to throw to win, and he's been great so far this year. Not far behind Orton are the Colts' Peyton Manning and San Diego's Antonio Gates, who's getting open all over the place. I also expect Gates' teammate, Ryan Mathews, to have a big game this week against the Raiders, who should get a good performance out of Michael Bush.
Matt Forte looks good again. With Jay Cutler out, the Bears will have to feed him the ball, but I don't like the Bears' downfield threats this week, like Johnny Knox, because Todd Collins doesn't have a strong enough arm to get those guys the ball.
Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald is a little scary to me this week, because he'll likely be double covered, but Max Hall will try to force the ball to him anyway. I don't know if they'll be able to pull that off. I'm also a little skeptical about Andre Johnson in Houston. Whenever a guy is a game-time decision, his focus is on just playing and not on the game. It's hard for a guy to have a great game when he's just concentrating on healing up enough to get in.
I feel better about Ray Rice in Baltimore. Some people are starting to question him, and it's true that a lot of teams focus on stopping him now, but Anquan Boldin is starting to heat up, and that should open things up for Rice. I expect him to keep getting better as the year goes on, just like he did last year.
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