While “the” Tony Gonzalez was quietly traded this offseason to be the new security blanket for Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, “The” Ohio State product, Tony Gonzalez, is gearing up for his third full season as a WR in the NFL. I think the “3rd year” breakout rule might be a bit dogmatic, but in Gonzalez’s case I believe it’s merited. At age 24 and blessed with exceptional hands, Gonzalez should become a prolific receiver for Peyton Manning and the Colts, a la Brandon Stokely whom Manning highly regarded. Last season Gonzalez showed marked improvement from his rookie season, and he proved to be a more than capable pass catcher by catching over 70% of balls thrown his way. The departure of Marvin Harrison should only increase his fantasy value, and with Reggie Wayne drawing the attention of defenses, Gonzalez is primed for a breakout season.

Look for Gonzalez to return top 25 WR value and be a solid #3 WR with #2 potential. The sure-handed WR product disappointed some owners last season, but that should play to the savvy owner’s advantage in 2009, as Gonzalez will likely be overlooked in some drafts. If you’re targeting players like Eddie Royal or Wes Welker, Gonzalez  should be another solid option if you miss out, and don’t be surprised if he matches their production this season.

Current ESPN ADP: 84.3 or Round 7.025

Current Fantasy Football Calculater ADP: 60.48 or Round 5.04

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah,think about it,manning is going to complete arout 350-380 passes,as long as he stays healthy?80 receptions in a real possibility,and he`ll get 8-10 td`s

  2. Doc

    Doc says:
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    He is a solid player and unless he gets hurt I just don’t see him disappointing this year.

  3. mrfootball says:
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    trade offer in deep 16 team league – Justin Fargas and Joey Galloway for Chester Taylor – taylor is on my team – what do you think

  4. Hank

    Hank says:
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    @mrfootball: I like that deal for you, is the league a keeper? If so it’s not as attractive, but I see Galloway thriving opposite of Moss, and Fargas will get carries with the of injured McFadden and Bush.

  5. Cheese

    marcheese says:
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    I wouldn’t called Anthony Gonzalez a sleeper. Every magazine you read, and every website you look at talks about Anthony Gonzalez this year. I’m not saying he isn’t a great pick, but with all the hype surrounding him, he’s definitely not a sleeper anymore. In fact, I don’t think there are any more sleepers in fantasy sports with all the coverage these players receive. A breakout candidate? That’s a more deserving name for Anthony Gonzalez.

  6. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @marcheese: There may not be any true sleepers left in fantasy, but it’s a name we all know and understand. And what would happen to all the poor interns at Razzball: Sleeper Division if it folded?

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