2010 NFL Trade: The Fantasy Impact of Santonio Holmes to the Jets

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IApril 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stiff arms Dawan Landry #26 of the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The news has been ground-breaking, and each added tid-bit of information makes it increasingly more interesting.

First, the alarms sounded when news broke that the Pittsburgh Steelers had traded star receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets .

But trading Holmes, a constantly troubled young man, isn't the surprising part. Only getting a fifth-round pick and being accused of "dumping" the former Super Bowl-MVP receiver, quite frankly, is .

What follows this trade, however, is what makes the current NFL off-season" target="_blank">NFL offseason and impending 2010 season interesting is the overall impact of Holmes leaving Pittsburgh and going to the Big Apple.

Read on to see how this move affects different players for both teams, as well as the NFL Draft :


The Winners


Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets

Though Holmes won't hit the field under Week Five (four-game suspension), Sanchez is still getting a speedy and elusive target that has made a name for himself by making big plays and being a relatively clutch performer.

He broke 1,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2009, and while he may not be widely known as a "great" receiver, he's arguably already the most reliable receiver Sanchez will have to throw to.

We'd like Sanchez's chances at steady progress even without Holmes, but with a receiving corps that consists of Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and now Holmes, Sanchez is sure to benefit from both a real-world and fantasy football perspective.


Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wallace was already carving a niche in the Steelers' offense as a very reliable and explosive third option, but now with Holmes departing, he'll be thrust into a starting role.

Antwan Randle El, who would have been the team's fourth option, also likely sees an unexpected spike in playing time and production.

Wallace, though, will have an extremely good chance at taking Holmes' old role and running with it (literally). He has better size and displayed great confidence throughout 2009.

Judging just by how effective he was in his rookie season, Wallace could quickly turn into a big-time fantasy performer in just his second season.


The Losers


Braylon Edwards/Jerricho Cotchery, WR, New York Jets

Edwards is already hanging by a thread with a one-year deal and a disgusting propensity for dropped passes (and touchdowns, ugh).

He'll still be the team's primary deep-threat, but fantasy owners will at least have to consider the impact of Holmes entering in Week Five and decide which play-maker is more valuable.

Cotchery, who has next-to-zero playmaking ability, should see his value drop considerably and could even eventually be a trade pawn.


Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Boy, it certainly does seem to be raining (insert undesired excrement here) on Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers these days, and despite having solid receivers to fill in for the departed Holmes, this is still a huge loss.

Most fantasy experts and NFL analysts will say that Mike Wallace will step up and make people forget about Holmes (and I think he will), but that doesn't mean there won't be any ill remains from this trade that affect the quarterback position.


NFL Draft Receiver Prospects

Before the Jets pulled the trigger on this deal, they were likely targeting a receiver in the first round (or at least the second) of the 2010 NFL Draft , but now that they have Holmes, that's likely to change.

The move could also propel the Steelers to bite on a big-time receiver earlier than they'd like, but that's another discussion, altogether.

Golden Tate and Brandon LaFell are just two of the any names that had been mentioned among the possible receivers New York could go after in the first round, and now their positions could change dramatically.


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