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By Michael Blunda

Updated Nov. 1, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m. ET

With Randy Moss' time in Minnesota shockingly coming to an end after just four games, according to some reports, WR Sidney Rice all of a sudden has a chance to make a serious fantasy impact down the stretch.

Acquired less than a month ago from the Patriots, Moss was waived Monday, head coach Brad Childress told his players. Curiously, however, Moss was not listed on the waiver-wire report that the league released to authorized personnel late Monday, according to a source with access to the report, NFL.com reported.

After the Pro Bowl wideout had just one catch for eight yards against his former team Sunday, then took some shots at the Vikings in his postgame press conference, the club obviously decided he was no longer worth the hassle. And based on his performance since the deal, it was probably right.

As far as the passing game goes, though, Minnesota is back to square one. Struggling and injured QB Brett Favre is once again left with a thin group of targets, and after thriving with Moss in town, Percy Harvin's stats could take a hit now that he'll have to move back outside and see added defensive attention. Well, at least until the receiving corps' missing link returns.

Rice, who hasn't played a game in 2010 after undergoing hip surgery, is reportedly getting healthier and could return to the field in the next few weeks. While it looked like his value would be limited with Moss around, the door is now open again for the fourth-year receiver to reclaim his role as the team's No. 1 pass catcher.

Last season, Rice was Favre's most trusted target, hauling in 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight TDs. His return would not only be great news for Favre and Harvin, but for fantasy owners as well. If all goes right, he should be back in time for the fantasy playoffs, when he could make a serious difference in who wins your league.

If Rice is sitting on your waiver wire, now is the time to go get him. Given his track record with Favre and nobody in front of him for the No. 1 WR spot, he could be a key addition to your squad down the stretch.

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