Just a few days ago the New York Giants traded all pro tight-end Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints for two draft picks. This trade will undoubtedly have an enormous impact on the upcoming football season. But what does it mean for fantasy owners. What it means is that offensive players on the Saints can look forward to improved stats and fantasy owners will reap the benefits.
Over the years the tight end position has been a weak point for the Saints but finally that has changed. With the adding of such a gifted offensive talent count on quarterback Drew Brees, wide-receiver Marques Colston, running backs Reggie Bush and Deuce Mcallister, and Shockey himself, all to have significantly better numbers this year than they have had in the past. All of these players are considered high caliber players and this trade will really help them out.
Drew Brees has established himself as a top five quarterback in the league, despite always having untalented receivers. Now add a Jeremy Shockey to his other powerful weapons and watch his numbers sky rocket.
Marques Colston, the seventh round pick out of Hofstra now has two productive seasons under his belt. The Saints haven't had an adequate second to take some of the defensive pressure off of him. Now with the dangerous Shockey on his side, teams can no longer focus only on Colston. He will improve upon his impressive numbers with more single coverage this season.
Shockey will be able to run free more whereas in New York he was asked to block too often for his liking. He will also have Brees throwing to him as opposed to the streaky Eli Manning. He will do better than he ever did in New York.
Lastly, the running backs. With a passing game more potent than ever, defenses will be forced to focus less on the Saints already formidable running attack. Reggie Bush and Deuce Mcallister will both put up nice numbers this year.