Tony Gonzalez’s Fantasy Stock Slipping?
Whenever you leave a situation where you have been the centerpiece of the Offense for so many years, there has to be some concerns that you won’t be able to match your production in your new digs.
When Tony Gonzalez, the best offensive Tight End in NFL history, was traded from Kansas City to Atlanta, that very scenario presented itself. Sure, he was going to an Offense with a much better QB in Matt Ryan than he has played with since pre-concussion Trent Green. You knew that he would have to share with the likes of Roddy White and Michael Jenkins in the passing attack, as well as Michael Turner and the run game. He was produced while RBs have had historic seasons though (Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson). This situation is a bit different though.
If you read into what Mike Mularkey told J. Michael Moore of AtlantaFalcons.com there could be some cause for concern over Gonzo’s fantasy value next season. Mularkey said “One thing he’s going to do is that he’s a productive blocker and that’s important in our offense. As successful as he’s been as a receiver, he’s a good blocker too and he really doesn’t get the credit that he should.” I’m not saying that I think Gonzo is going to be a blocking Tight End all of the sudden, but he could see that responsibility a little more often with the Falcons. He’s still a top tier Tight End, but maybe it would be wise to bump him down a notch or two.