Rob Gronkowski Return: Fantasy Impact of Patriots TE’s 2013 Debut

October 8, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The potential return of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski couldn't have come at a better time for his team and for many of his fantasy owners. 
After sitting through the first five games of the season, Gronkowski is likely to be cleared this week to play against the Saints according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero. The Pats still have yet to announce when his 2013 debut will come. 
This offense has sorely needed Gronkowski since the beginning of the season. The tight ends featured in Gronk's place have been Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Milligan, who have combined for five catches and 39 yards on the year. 
Gronkowski's offensive impact? Yeah, it's a bit different. He finished second among ESPN fantasy tight ends last year, despite missing all of five games. 
Plus, he caught 29 red-zone touchdowns from 2010-12—more than any player in that span.
The gaping holes at the receiver slot make the absence of the star pass-catcher ...

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