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Saturday night's game between Washington and New England answered several fantasy questions but left many others unresolved.

First, let's get to what we know, all from the Patriots' perspective. Off the bat, Randy Moss is a first-round pick and arguably the best wide receiver on the board. He caught two touchdowns and made Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall look silly.

Next, Tom Brady's knee looks just fine, though Brady owners held their breath when Albert Haynesworth planted him in the second quarter. Brion Gardner, the staff orthopedist at Camp Lejeune and regular contributor to The League, sent me a text during the game on the apparent stabiliy of Brady's knee and picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl.

Finally, Laurence Maroney could be a steal with my final pick in a 16-round, 12-team draft.

As for the Redskins, fantasy players got little out of the game. It looks like Chris Cooley will be a fine No. 1 tight end, but other than that, none of Washington's skill players stood out.

You might say quarterback Jason Campbell significantly elevated his fantasy stock by passing for 209 yards and rushing for a touchdown, but you'd be wrong, at least according to some of the experts.

Fantasy Football Toolbox has Campbell penciled in as a bye-week starter and ranks him 25th at the position. EPSN is a bit more generous, ranking him 22nd, but tagging with with a "we're skeptical" warning.

The most glowing review of Campbell comes from FantasySharks.com, which had this to say about Campbell: "It will still be the 'Clinton Portis Show' for the Redskins, but look for Campbell to be a 'sneaky good' #2 fantasy QB."

Speaking of Portis, RotoWire.com continues to have him ranked 18th, and after Saturday's game, you could argue he should be lower.

RotoWire also points out Portis has 667 carries over the past two seasons. That's 60 more than LaDainian Tomlinson, who's second in that span.

The other Moss on the field -- the Redskins' Santana -- got open several times, but Campbell missed him on some deep throws. In once sequence, Moss got well behind the secondary only to have the ball overthrown by five yards or so.

Santana Moss isn't nearly the fantasy threat as Randy, and most experts rate him in the mid-20s at the position.

But now fantasy players will have to consider how Washington Coach Jim Zorn opened up the offense and took some deep shots. If that becomes a regular part of the offense, Santana Moss's fantasy value trends way up.

By Gene Wang  |  August 29, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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