Fantasy Football Draft 2012: Why Rob Gronkowski Will Fail to Impress This Season

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Fantasy Football Draft 2012: Why Rob Gronkowski Will Fail to Impress This Season
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Rob Gronkowski helped change the landscape of NFL tight ends last season, so he now faces massive expectations that he will struggle to match.

Viewed solely as a red-zone threat heading into 2011, Gronkowski surprisingly dominated with 90 receptions, 1,327 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns. Along with Jimmy Graham, Gronkowski shifted the way we perceive tight ends, who now appear equally capable of producing striking stat lines as wide receivers.

As managers begin to prep for their upcoming fantasy football drafts, one of the pressing issues they face will be where to rank Gronkowski. Owners who want Gronkowski this year must pay top dollar.

While the 23-year-old is still a premier player, his numbers will drop from last season, at least enough to justify Graham earning the No.1 ranking at tight end.

Here are some factors that will prevent Gronkowski from shining as a star in fantasy leagues this season.

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