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In-season trades of note rarely happen in the NFL, so let's appreciate what the Vikings and Patriots have given us this week. Let's also take a moment to appreciate the sheer wackiness that is Randy Moss; love him or hate him, there's never been anyone quite like him.

The Moss swap left plenty of fantasy aftershocks; we'll cover them below. Here's what my cheat sheet would look like if I were entering a brand new draft today; what's happened to this point is merely an audition.

Quarterback 
1. Aaron Rodgers(notes)
2. Peyton Manning(notes)
3. Drew Brees(notes)
4. Philip Rivers(notes)
5. Tony Romo(notes)
6. Matt Schaub(notes)
7. Tom Brady(notes)
8. Eli Manning(notes) 
9. Kyle Orton(notes) 
10. Jay Cutler(notes) 
11. Ben Roethlisberger(notes)
12. Matt Ryan(notes)
13. Michael Vick(notes)
14. Brett Favre(notes)
15. Donovan McNabb(notes)
16. Joe Flacco(notes)
17. Josh Freeman(notes)
18. Mark Sanchez(notes)
19. Chad Henne(notes)
20. Sam Bradford(notes)
21. Matt Hasselbeck(notes)
22. Vince Young(notes)
23. Carson Palmer(notes)
24. Matt Cassel(notes)
25. Bruce Gradkowski(notes)
26. Kevin Kolb(notes)
27. Matthew Stafford(notes)
28. Alex Smith
29. David Garrard(notes)
30. Jake Delhomme(notes)
31. Max Hall(notes)
32. Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes)
33. Shaun Hill(notes)
34. Jimmy Clausen(notes)
35. Seneca Wallace(notes)
36. Derek Anderson(notes)
37. Jason Campbell(notes)
Comments: Vick is one of the hardest players to rank this week, dealing with an injury that's likely to affect his rushing nerve when he comes back. He's also taken a ridiculous amount of hits through his month of playing time. … Sanchez has snappy numbers on an efficiency basis, but the Jets are still designed as a rushing and defense show. He's not going to have a lot of 40-pass afternoons. … Favre owners have to be happy with the Moss addition, but the schedule isn't letting up. The Jets come calling this week, followed by Green Bay and Dallas.


Running Back 
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Chris Johnson
3. Frank Gore(notes)
4. Arian Foster(notes)
5. Maurice Jones-Drew(notes)
6. Michael Turner(notes)
7. Rashard Mendenhall(notes)
8. Jahvid Best(notes)
9. LeSean McCoy(notes)
10. Ahmad Bradshaw(notes)
11. Cedric Benson(notes)
12. Steven Jackson
13. Ryan Mathews(notes)
14. Matt Forte(notes)
15. Pierre Thomas(notes)
16. Ray Rice(notes)
17. Peyton Hillis(notes)
18. DeAngelo Williams(notes)
19. LaDainian Tomlinson(notes)
20. Joseph Addai(notes)
21. Jamaal Charles(notes)
22. Felix Jones(notes)
23. Ronnie Brown(notes)
24. Ryan Torain(notes)
25. Darren McFadden(notes)
26. Fred Jackson(notes)
27. Beanie Wells(notes)
28. BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes)
29. Knowshon Moreno(notes)
30. Jonathan Stewart(notes)
31. Michael Bush(notes)
32. Shonn Greene(notes)
33. Mike Tolbert(notes)
34. Marshawn Lynch(notes)
35. Thomas Jones(notes)
36. Tim Hightower(notes)
37. Marion Barber(notes)
38. C.J. Spiller(notes)
39. LeGarrette Blount(notes)
40. Jason Snelling(notes)
41. Ricky Williams(notes)
42. John Kuhn(notes)
43. Carnell Williams(notes)
44. Christopher Ivory(notes)
45. Brandon Jacobs(notes)
46. Justin Forsett(notes)
47. Bernard Scott(notes)
48. Brandon Jackson(notes)
49. Reggie Bush(notes)
50. Tashard Choice(notes)
51. Willis McGahee(notes)
52. Darren Sproles(notes)
53. Steve Slaton(notes)
54. Chester Taylor(notes)
55. Jerome Harrison(notes)
56. Laurence Maroney(notes)
57. Leon Washington(notes)
58. Donald Brown(notes)
59. Kenneth Darby(notes)
60. Javon Ringer(notes)
61. Ladell Betts(notes)
62. Rashad Jennings(notes)
63. Correll Buckhalter(notes)
64. Kareem Huggins(notes)
65. Keiland Williams(notes)
66. Fred Taylor(notes)
67. Clinton Portis(notes)
68. Toby Gerhart(notes)
Comments: I don't see a right answer on Thomas, who now has an ankle problem to go with his Sean Payton problem. The upside whispers to us, but you know Payton is dying to fall in love with someone like Chris Ivory. … Fred Jackson will have to make his own rushing lanes in Buffalo, but he's a better inside runner than Spiller and at least Lynch is out of the picture. … I believe the Cowboys when they say they're ready to lean on Jones, especially since it's after a bye week. … I don't have a problem with Wells from a talent standpoint, but I hate his setup in Arizona and Ken Whisenhunt won't be doing us any favors with pre-game disclosure.


Wide Receiver
1. Roddy White(notes)
2. Miles Austin(notes)
3. Andre Johnson(notes)
4. Reggie Wayne(notes)
5. Calvin Johnson(notes)
6. Brandon Marshall(notes)
7. Randy Moss
8. Hakeem Nicks(notes)
9. Greg Jennings(notes)
10. DeSean Jackson(notes)
11. Larry Fitzgerald(notes)
12. Wes Welker(notes)
13. Anquan Boldin(notes)
14. Austin Collie(notes)
15. Donald Driver(notes)
16. Jeremy Maclin(notes)
17. Mark Clayton(notes)
18. Marques Colston(notes)
19. Hines Ward(notes)
20. Steve Smith (NYG)
21. Percy Harvin(notes)
22. Santana Moss(notes)
23. Terrell Owens(notes)
24. Dez Bryant(notes)
25. Mike Wallace(notes)
26. Mike Williams (TB)
27. Chad Ochocinco(notes)
28. Johnny Knox(notes) 
29. Malcom Floyd(notes)
30. Brandon Lloyd(notes)
31. Santonio Holmes(notes)
32. Dwayne Bowe(notes)
33. Lance Moore(notes)
34. Michael Crabtree(notes)
35. Eddie Royal(notes)
36. Braylon Edwards(notes)
37. Mike Sims-Walker(notes)
38. Pierre Garcon(notes)
39. Kevin Walter(notes)
40. James Jones(notes)
41. Davone Bess(notes)
42. Louis Murphy(notes)
43. Devin Hester(notes)
44. Mohamed Massaquoi(notes)
45. Demaryius Thomas(notes)
46. Derrick Mason(notes)
47. Brandon Tate(notes)
48. Legedu Naanee(notes)
49. Mario Manningham(notes)
50. Kenny Britt(notes)
51. Jabar Gaffney(notes)
52. Roy Williams
53. Jacoby Jones(notes)
54. Lee Evans(notes)
55. Danny Amendola(notes)
56. Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes)
57. Mike Thomas(notes)
58. Nate Washington(notes)
59. Steve Smith (Car)
60. Mike Williams (Sea)
61. Steve Breaston(notes)
62. Dexter McCluster(notes)
63. Deion Branch(notes)
64. Josh Morgan(notes)
65. Devery Henderson(notes)
66. Golden Tate(notes)
67. Robert Meachem(notes)
68. Joshua Cribbs(notes)
69. Deon Butler(notes)
70. Chris Chambers(notes)
71. Laurent Robinson(notes)
72. Jerricho Cotchery(notes)
73. Sidney Rice(notes)
74. Harry Douglas(notes)
75. Vincent Jackson(notes)
Comments: Normally we'd worry about a star receiver changing teams in midstream, but those concerns probably don't apply to Moss so much. He's never really been a technician, a route-running master; we're talking about someone who runs a lot of deep routes and adjusts well to the ball in the air. Justified or not, he'll start drawing an automatic double-team on most snaps in Minnesota. … The gap keeps closing between Colston and Moore and I'm not positive I've got them close enough yet. … I didn't drop the Philly receivers too much on the hopes that Vick returns quickly, but if Kevin Kolb has to play the balance of the season, look out below. … Can Holmes and Edwards co-exist in New Jersey? Can Sanchez keep everyone happy?. … Say this for Owens, you never get less than his full effort when he's on the field. You can't say that about everyone at this position. … The Moss acquisition is good news for Harvin; he returns to the slot, where he's most comfortable.


Tight End
1. Antonio Gates(notes)
2. Dallas Clark(notes)
3. Jermichael Finley(notes)
4. Vernon Davis(notes)
5. Tony Gonzalez(notes)
6. Dustin Keller(notes)
7. Jason Witten(notes)
8. Chris Cooley(notes)
9. Brent Celek(notes)
10. Kellen Winslow(notes)
11. Greg Olsen(notes)
12. Zach Miller
13. Visanthe Shiancoe(notes)
14. Aaron Hernandez(notes)
15. John Carlson(notes)
16. Tony Moeaki(notes)
17. Heath Miller(notes)
18. Marcedes Lewis(notes)
19. Jeremy Shockey(notes)
20. Owen Daniels(notes)
21. Brandon Pettigrew(notes)
22. Joel Dreessen(notes)
23. Jermaine Gresham(notes)
24. Todd Heap(notes)
25. Kevin Boss(notes)
26. Tony Scheffler(notes)
27. Rob Gronkowski(notes)
28. Bo Scaife(notes)
Comments: Teams really need to wise up and start using elite corners on Gates. The Cardinals scheme last week was a flat giveaway. … Shiancoe was Favre's security blanked in the opening three games, so his value probably takes a dip with Moss coming back. … Hernandez might pick up some of the leftover red-zone scraps in New England. … Miller looks like the most trustable of the Oakland targets; Murphy looked sluggish last week and he also had a critical drop on the final Raiders drive.


Defense 
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New York Jets
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Dallas Cowboys
6. Philadelphia Eagles
7. New York Giants
8. Tennessee Titans
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. Cincinnati Bengals
11. Minnesota Vikings
12. San Diego Chargers
13. Miami Dolphins
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. Oakland Raiders
16. Chicago Bears
17. San Francisco 49ers
18. Washington Redskins
19. Indianapolis Colts
20. New England Patriots
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Kansas City Chiefs
23. Denver Broncos
24. Cleveland Browns
25. St. Louis Rams
26. Houston Texans
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
29. Arizona Cardinals
30. Detroit Lions
31. Buffalo Bills
32. Carolina Panthers
Comments: The key to streaming defenses is getting a team that's likely to win. You want your pass rushers with their ears pinned back in the fourth quarter, attacking the pocket. That's also when a losing team is likely to take chances, and that's where a lot of your garbage touchdowns on defense occur. … The Ravens are hoping to have Ed Reed(notes) (hip) back for Week 7, but he might not be 100 percent at any point this year. … I'm not ready to completely write off the 49ers. The Eagles won't be an easy assignment this week, but the schedule gets a lot softer going forward.

Kicker
1. Stephen Gostkowski(notes)
2. Mason Crosby(notes)
3. Nick Folk(notes)
4. Rob Bironas(notes)
5. Neil Rackers(notes)
6. Nate Kaeding(notes)
7. Robbie Gould(notes)
8. Matt Bryant(notes)
9. David Akers(notes)
10. John Carney(notes)
11. Ryan Succop(notes)
12. Dan Carpenter(notes)
13. Jeff Reed(notes)
14. Sebastian Janikowski(notes)
15. Mike Nugent(notes)
16. Matt Prater(notes)
17. Adam Vinatieri(notes)
18. Ryan Longwell(notes)
19. Graham Gano(notes)
20. Billy Cundiff(notes)
21. Lawrence Tynes(notes)
22. David Buehler(notes)
23. Josh Brown(notes)
24. Jason Hanson(notes)
25. Olindo Mare(notes)
26. Joe Nedney(notes)
27. Jay Feely(notes)
28. Connor Barth(notes)
29. Josh Scobee(notes)
30. Phil Dawson(notes)
31. Rian Lindell(notes)
32. John Kasay(notes)

I've had my say, now it's your turn. I welcome your respectful disagreement, but bring your best arguments to the table. Defend your stances, further the conversation.

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