The NFL Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and it has become increasingly busy in recent years. This season NFL teams haven’t wasted time to start swinging deals, with a pair of noteworthy wide receivers being dealt yesterday. First let’s take a look at the rich getting richer:
The Atlanta Falcons traded WR Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a 2020 second round draft pick
New England Patriots Fallout
The Patriots have been rolling, though they’ve been on the lookout for an improvement at wide receiver all season long. Whether it was the disastrous acquisition of Antonio Brown or the unproductive, and currently injured, Josh Gordon, the team needed a boost behind Julian Edelman. Just look at the numbers:
- Julian Edelman – 45 receptions, 496 yards & 2 TD
- Josh Gordon – 20 receptions, 287 yards & 1 TD
- Phillip Dorsett – 18 receptions, 243 yards & 4 TD
- Jakobi Meyers – 13 receptions, 167 yards
You can argue just how much upside Sanu has, but he clearly slides in as the second best option. Fighting for targets behind Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper, Sanu still managed to rack up 33 receptions (on 42 targets), 313 yards and 1 TD. With Tom Brady under center, there’s reason to believe that he can maintain that type of pace, if not potentially improve upon it.
He should at least be a WR3 moving forward, while the rest of the Patriots’ wide receivers (Gordon, Dorsett & Meyers) are nothing but untrustworthy depth options even in the short-term. They could become completely irrelevant a few weeks from now, when rookie N’Keal Henry comes off the IR, something else that needs to be monitored closely.
Atlanta Falcons Fallout
While Russell Gage will likely rise into the third wide receiver spot, just how many opportunities will that yield? Granted Sanu leaves a good amount of targets behind, but it’s easy to envision those being absorbed by the Top 3 options in Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper. That’s not to say that Gage, a 2018 sixth round pick, doesn’t have any potential. He’s just not worth putting on fantasy radars at this point, as we can’t expect there to be enough chances to make an impact.
Sources – ESPN
Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings: