New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has broken every bone and torn every ligament in his body over the course of the last two years, but apparently he’s ready to play this weekend against the Dolphins. Gronk didn’t do anything in the preseason as he nursed himself back to health, but he traveled with the Pats down to Miami and is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday.
If he does indeed play, there’s no telling how limited he’ll be, if he’s limited at all. If you’re a Gronk fantasy owner, I’m not sure how you can justify keeping him out of the lineup, regardless. Tom Brady has tunnel vision for Gronkowski whenever New England gets down near the end zone, and it’s a safe bet that they’ll be connecting on a scoring play if No. 87 is on the field.
Tight end is probably the weakest position in fantasy, so it’s not like you have a suitable replacement if you don’t fully trust Gronkowski to be playing at 100%. If he plays and you bench him, there’s a strong chance you’ll end up regretting it afterward. So, don’t get cute and put Gronkowski into your lineups in Week 1 once we find out officially that he’ll be out there.
He only appeared in seven games last season, but in those seven games he was still a beast, catching 39 passes for 592 yards and four touchdowns. In his first game of the season on October 20th against the Jets, Brady targeted Gronk 17 freaking times. He’s pretty indispensable.
All systems go for Rob Gronkowski Week 1.