Player Round Table (Tony Gonzalez)
By FBG Staff; Hosted by Maurile Tremblay
August 11th, 2010

Here at Footballguys.com, we have Spotlights and Faceoffs. Those features are fairly comprehensive, but they are limited to viewpoints from either one or two writers. Well some players need a little more commentary. We have decided open up the dialog and asked our staff to leave their thoughts on these players and what is expected from them in 2010. Here, discussion centers around TE Tony Gonzalez.

Sigmund Bloom: There is a possibility that the ageless wonder at TE will start to show more signs of age this year, mainly because he petered out at the end of the season with only eight catches in his final three games. That potential slippage could be offset by Michael Turner staying healthy all season and Matt Ryan making another step forward in his third year. Predicting drop-offs for older, elite WRs and TEs is much more difficult than for RBs, and in most cases, betting on the player to stay closer to historical production levels ends up being the smart play. It is especially smart when the drop-off is already priced in, as it appears to be for Gonzo. He is part of a shrewd TE strategy of just waiting for him, Jason Witten, or Brent Celek to fall too far in your draft.

Will Grant: Yeah, I admit that I was burned last year thinking that Gonzo would flame out in Atlanta, but he really proved me wrong. He may be a 13-year veteran, but he definitely has some gas in the tank. His current ADP is probably about right - I can't see taking him ahead of guys like Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates or Jason Witten, but as Bloom points out, there may be some folks who are willing to reach on a few guys and lay off Gonzalez, pushing him down to the TE9-10 range in your draft. If Gonzalez is still around in the 7th round of my draft, I would definitely grab him as my TE1. He is worth even more in PPR leagues.

Maurile Tremblay: Like Will, I underestimated Gonzalez last year. I wasn't sure how he'd make the transition from Kansas City to Atlanta, where the TE hadn't been a big part of the offense since the Vick-to-Crumpler days. Now that we've seen him make the transition, I can only offer Mr. Gonzalez my apologies for doubting him. He's a stud, plain and simple. He caught 80+ passes for 800+ yards last season, and his 135 targets showed that the Falcons had no qualms about getting the TE involved in the offense, now that they had Gonzalez there. Age will catch up with Gonzalez eventually, but he's always in terrific physical condition, and I'm not really expecting him to decline from last year's fifth-place fantasy finish at TE.

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