In case you missed it, Julio Jones was traded to the Tennessee Titans earlier today, with the compensation being at least a second-round pick. Here I will look at the winners and losers from that trade.
Winner: Kyle Pitts
Kyle Pitts should be pretty obvious as Julio’s departure will send his stock soaring. Pitts will definitely be a top-five tight end this year, and I will be sliding him up to fourth in my rankings behind Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and George Kittle. The boom potential is definitely there and I would take him ahead of his current ADP.
Loser: Josh Reynolds
Reynolds had a couple of solid weeks last year in Los Angeles as he competed for the wide receiver three spot. Without Corey Davis, he was certain to take a wide receiver two role and become a deep sleeper. Now he is completely off my draft board as AJ Brown and Julio Jones will be peppered with targets in this run-heavy offense.
Winner: Derrick Henry
One criminally underrated part of this Julio deal is teams are not going to be able to stack the box against Derrick Henry. This will lead to numerous big games for Henry as teams are going to have to spread out their defenses to cover the new top five wide receiver duo in the league. As people sleep on Derrick Henry, I will be all over him as he falls down drafts boards.
Loser: Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan has lost his number one target which should hinder his passing stats for the upcoming season. Calvin Ridley is a good receiver, but I question his ability to produce when he will be the focal point of opposing defense. This Falcons offense will be a bottom half offense next year and Matt Ryan is definitely someone who I will be steering clear of in fantasy.
Is there anyone else who I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments!