Let’s face it. Over the last three years, Chad Ochocinco has been a mediocre fantasy wideout at best.
Now that he’s been traded to the Patriots, however, his value seems destined to increase. While facing Jets CB Darrelle Revis twice a year isn’t going to be a positive, the fact that he has Tom Brady (instead of Andy Dalton) slinging him the football in a talented offense sure makes him more attractive across the board.
Owners shouldn’t expect him to return to an elite level — Ochocinco seems to have lost a step at the age of 33 — but he can still be a viable No. 3 wideout in fantasy land. The downside of the deal is that Deion Branch becomes more of a No. 4 or 5 fantasy option, and Brandon Tate is now all but undraftable.
In Cincinnati, the Bengals have A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson as their likely starters with Jordan Shipley in the slot. All three wideouts will see their value increase, at least as much as it can with a rookie quarterback under center. I also like the prospects for Jermaine Gresham. The pass-catching tight end should see plenty of targets as a security blanket for Dalton in the offense and is a nice late-round sleeper.