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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Randy Moss' fantasy production this season has been a very painful sound of silence.

For those of us suckered into taking the former New England, Minnesota and current Tennessee wide receiver (listing three teams for one season is never a good sign) it has thus far signified a wasted draft pick. Sure, there was his two-touchdown game back in Week 3 that gave us all hope, but the majority of Moss' season has been more solo Art Garfunkel than Paul Simon.

Despite having a RapidDraft ADP of 9.22 that made him on average the second wideout taken behind Houston's Andre Johnson, Moss has just 22 receptions, 313 receiving yards and five touchdowns in eight games. He has been held to a pair of catches or fewer in four of his eight games and has posted more than 60 receiving yards just once.

Moss figured to be in line for big numbers given he was playing for a new contract for next season, but his slump has left him with a rocky relationship with fantasy players on par with the aforementioned folk duo.

In fact, Simon and Garfunkel's legendary song "The Sound of Silence" offers a look at how some may be feeling towards Moss' season of disappointment.

"Hello darkness, my old friend/I've come to talk with you again/Because a vision softly creeping/Left its seeds while I was sleeping/And the vision that was planted in my brain/Still remains/Within the sound of silence."

Owners hope that Moss' move to the Titans will feature more visions of the wide receiver scoring. There is a chance, but it might not happen right away.

Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday that Moss will play this weekend against the Dolphins and their 13th-ranked pass defense, but he wasn't sure how much. Moss should still see enough snaps to factor into the game given that Kenny Britt is out with a hamstring injury, but it will be tough to guess how much he will be used.

Moss did have an advantage of being acquired right before the Titans had their bye, so he isn't come into this game totally unprepared. However, it's silly to assume he will jump right in and post big numbers.

Still, Moss isn't in a terrible situation. The Titans make their living on the ground with running back Chris Johnson and are just the 26th-ranked team in passing offense, but Johnson will keep defenses honest and give Moss some room downfield.

Say what you want, but I'm sure there is still talent brooding inside of the 33-year-old and he should eventually be the top passing option for a team that lacks a true No 1 wideout. Chemistry between Moss and quarterback Vince Young will be vital and that could take time.

Instead, expect Moss' numbers to increase steadily just in time for the playoffs, when he offers a tasty matchup with Houston's last-ranked pass defense in Week 15 and Kansas City (21st ranked pass defense) the following weekend.

That could leave Moss building a bridge over troubled water

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Michael Rushton at mrushton@sportsnetwork.com.

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