Tony Gonzalez's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value After Week 4

Austin GreenCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown past Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots at Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After a slow start to the 2013 season, Tony Gonzalez re-established himself as an elite fantasy tight end in Week 4. 

The 17-year veteran dominated the New England Patriots in the first half of Sunday night's game, catching seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown before the break. Gonzalez shredded the Patriots secondary throughout the early going, and he capped off the half with a 21-yard touchdown catch with just 46 seconds remaining. 

He continued his strong performance throughout the game, finishing with 12 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. 

Although he is getting older, Gonzalez proved he is still one of the league's most dangerous red-zone threats. With his height (6'5"), hands, leaping ability and instincts, Gonzalez is nearly unstoppable around the goal line.

Matt Ryan rediscovered that on Sunday, finding his big tight end for their second and third touchdown connections of the season. Ryan was only targeting Gonzo six times per game entering Sunday, but you can expect that number to increase substantially in the coming weeks. 

Despite his age and subpar start to the year, Gonzalez is still one of the three or four most valuable tight ends in fantasy. If he's on your roster, it would be smart to resist any urge to trade him. He's not the most consistent option, but his ceiling alone makes it worth it to keep him around.