Impact of Mankins trade on Martin's, Jackson's fantasy football value
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers swung a stunner of a trade on Tuesday, getting six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick. Unless you’re Tom Brady, you aren’t off-limits in Bill Belichick’s book.hey were apparently willing to take on Richie Incognito before they were able to pry Mankins away from the Patriots.
With Mankins clearing holes for him up front, Martin has an even better chance to get back to being the player he was in 2012. He was one of the brightest surprises in the league that year, running for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, and catching 49 passes for 472 yards and an additional score. I’m willing to give him a pass on last year, chalking it up to a misguided offense and his injured shoulder. His average draft position has been climbing in the last week, and he’s now up to an early third-round pick. That price is certainly justified, even more so now that he has Mankins in front of him.
With Tim Wright now in New England, Brandon Myers is atop the tight end depth chart in Tampa Bay with Austin Seferian-Jenkins is right behind him, and both remain no better than low-end TE2s in fantasy. Wright, however, finds himself in a better situation. He’s better off in the New England offense and Tom Brady than he was in Tampa Bay with Josh McCown, even though Rob Gronkowski is one of the premier tight ends in the game.
Wright was the 13th-highest scorer among tight ends last year, putting up 54 catches, 571 yards and five touchdowns. First of all, don’t expect Wright to be inhabiting a role similar to Aaron Hernandez's -- Hernandez isn’t the type of tight end you just simply emulate. He was a freakishly talented player in his own right, and you don’t duplicate what he did just by being a tight end and showing up next to Gronkowski.