Top Players Wearing New Uniforms In 2009 Who Could Make an Impact

Jimmy DinsmoreContributor IMay 23, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 01:  Running back Fred Taylor #28 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during play against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It's obviously early in the fantasy football season. But, it has been an active off season. Several players are sporting new uniforms this year, and several could make an immediate impact on their real teams and their fantasy teams. Here's the breakdown:

Fred Taylor - Yes, he's old. Yes, everyone is always calling for his demise at the start of every football season. But, Taylor signed with New England. That's a great gig for anyone. A savvy veteran like Taylor will slide right into the Belichick system.

While he won't carry a full load, he will get his touches. Remember, Taylor, with Maurice Jones-Drew still behind him, finished 2008 with six straight 100 yard rushing games. There's still life in those old legs and he's in a great situation. Consider Taylor a borderline RB2 or easy RB3/Flex position.


Tony Gonzalez

I don't think Gonzo gets enough respect/appreciation for what he's done in his NFL career. He is already the greatest tight end in NFL history. And, he's still got another year or two of productivity left in him.

Now, after signing with the Falcons, Gonzalez finds himself in a fantastic situation. Matt Ryan had a phenomenal (emphasis on on the phenom) rookie year, with very few receiving options, outside of Roddy White.

With a safety valve like Gonzalez, Ryan can improve on his 2008 stats and Gonzo can add more to his Hall of Fame resume and can bring your fantasy team some serious value at tight end.

Consider Gonzalez a top three tight end in all formats.


Matt Cassel

The new Chiefs quarterback has a lot to prove and will come into Kansas City with a lot of high expectations. You wanna try to talk this down in your league, use the phrase "one season fluke" and "not in New England any more" to try to drive his value down.

Meanwhile, you'll realize that Cassel is the real deal and actually has some talent to throw to in KC, but there are offensive line concerns.

Nevertheless, I put Cassel within the top 15 QBs in the NFL. A QB1 might be a reach, but a solid QB2 with QB1 potential.


Torry Holt

Yes, now stop laughing and listen. I'm not here to say that he's an All-Pro any more, but this article is about new destinations. Holt's new destination is a good one.

Getting him out of the awful mess that was once the "greatest show on turf" in St. Louis, and into Jacksonville is a nice situation for Holt. Don't count on Holt to be your top WR, but he certainly could be a WR2 (this year only).


Nate Washington

Washington landed in a great spot for him. The Titans desperately need a no. 1 WR. They didn't get it in Washington, but he'll have to do.

With Kerry Collins under center, Washington could get 1,000 yards receiving and 8 TDs or so. He could be a real sleeper in most leagues.


Joey Galloway

See what I wrote about Fred Taylor above. Well it applies here to Galloway too. Galloway lands in New England. Now, a certain hunky franchise quarterback is back and will be slinging the ball all over.

The only question is can Galloway get enough catches as the no. 3 WR to warrant being drafted. I say yes, but only count on him as a bye week replacement or WR3 at most.


TJ Houshmandzadeh

He's got a chip on his shoulder. I love players with chips on their shoulders. He's going to be the same productive WR he was for the Bengals, but will now be the go to guy in Seattle.

This is a great signing for the Seahawks and provided Matt Hasselbeck is healthy (the big question), Housh is going to be a WR1 option in all league formats.


Laveranues Coles 

He replaces the aforementioned Houshmandzadeh in the Bengals lineup. He'll be a fantastic target for Carson Palmer. He could squeak out 1,000 yards. He's definitely a WR2 option.


Chris Simms/Kyle Orton 

They're lumped together, because we don't know who's going to be Denver's starting QB. Whoever wins the job has to be considered a top 15 QB.

Stop laughing, I'm serious.

Denver's new system is going to be pass-oriented and with Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall anchoring a young and talented receiving corps, whoever is under center can be considered a QB1. Honestly.