WR Julio Jones has been traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans gave up a second round pick in 2022, and the teams swapped later round picks in the 2023.
Julio Jones wasn’t playing when he said “I’m outta there!” The trade really doesn’t change much in the term of Julio’s current value, as he is currently being drafted in the 4th round of best ball drafts, and that already is too low IMO. The biggest changes come for the people around him, both in Tennessee and Atlanta.
Matt Ryan is the biggest loser in the Julio trade. He loses arguably the best receiving weapon he has ever had, and goes from a borderline top 12 QB to a mid to low level QB2 with no upside due to hie lack of rushing ability. A.J. Brown also takes a slight hit as he is no longer the only viable WR option in Tennessee. He still extremely efficient and goes from a surefire top 5 WR to mid-level WR1.
The biggest winners are Kyle Pitts and Ryan Tannehill. Kyle Pitts goes from being the 3rd option in the Falcons offense to the #2. His draft value will expectedly sky rocket higher than it already was. I would move him squarely into the TE4 position behind Kelce, Kittle, and Waller and would have no problem taking him as high as the 5th round in 12 team leagues that give you any amount of points for receptions.
Ryan Tannehill adds a top 5 talent at the WR position. He basically takes Matt Ryan’s spot as a low-end QB1 with more rushing ability. The Titans have a new offensive coordinator so it remains to be seen what the passing volume will look like, but adding a WR like Julio hints to the fact that the Titans will pass more than the past few seasons.
Calvin Ridley was already being drafted as Julio would be gone so his value as a top 5 WR according to current ADP doesn’t change much. He becomes much safer in the absence of Julio. Russell Gage moves in to the #2 WR position for the Falcons and is a great late round value.
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