The Tony Gonzalez Trade From a Fantasy Aspect

Giants27Analyst IApril 23, 2009

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 28:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 28, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Well, as most of you know Tony Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons today for a second-round pick in next year's draft.

And you've heard already how this makes Atlanta's offense amazing, but I'm here now to give you the fantasy analysis side of this deal.


Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Cassel's value obviously takes an immediate hit. However, remember he still has Dwayne Bowe and Larry Johnson and he might have tight end Brad Cottam.


Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

You all probably think that his value takes a hit because Gonzo was his lead blocker. However, his value couldn't be higher right now because now they have no one else on offense other than Bowe. He's flying up my draft board early however the Chiefs still have an interest in releasing him.


Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Good quarterback, plus being the only receiving option makes Bowe's value skyrocket. Don't be afraid to take him as a No. 2 wideout on your team, clearly Scott Pioli and the Chiefs aren't afraid to make him a No. 1.


Brad Cottam, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Cottam's value was at zero, so this trade can only increase his value. Consider him a high No. 2 tight end given the Chiefs don't draft one. If they do he's a low two, high three.


Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan already has Roddy White and a vastly underrated Michael Jenkins. Plus he has Michael Turner to hand the ball off to. Adding Tony Gonzalez to the mix only increases his value.


Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons

White now has a great compliment which will take attention off of him. White is a clear No. 1 option and if lower you are stacked at wide receiver.


Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Gonzalez's value as a top-three tight end is lowering. This is because he has Roddy White, who is in a different league from Dwayne Bowe, which means he'll have more competition for the ball. A healthy Michael Turner lowers the number of touches for the grisled veteran.