Rob Gronkowski: Fantasy Options in Case Injured Patriots Star Doesn't Play

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA;  New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) workout prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

After injuring his hip in practice this week, the New England Patriots have listed star tight end Rob Gronkowski as questionable for Sunday’s Week 4 matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

Patriots reporter for, Mike Reiss, is reporting on Twitter about Gronkowski’s addition to the injury report:

TE Rob Gronkowski a new addition to the injury report. He is listed as questionable with a hip injury.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 28, 2012

As a fantasy owner of the Gronk, the idea that he may not be ready for Sunday’s game is terrifying, but it isn’t the end of the world. While the star will likely play, it is never a bad idea to have backup plans.

Here are your best fantasy waiver-wire options in case Gronkowski can’t go in Week 4.


Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

While this may hurt as a Patriots fan, fantasy owners should show no bias and look to the Buffalo Bills for a possible replacement for Gronkowski if needed.

That player would be Scott Chandler.

Chandler hasn’t had a great 2012 so far, but a favorable matchup against a mediocre New England linebacker group and secondary has the touchdown-catching machine ready for a big day (two TDs in three games.)

If you need a tight end with Gronk on the mend, you should expect Chandler to have at least four catches and a touchdown on Sunday.


Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

As the Cincinnati Bengals find their stride, they have continued to lean more and more on their young tight end Jermaine Gresham.

With five catches and a touchdown in his last game, Gresham is one of the hottest fantasy commodities on the free agent wire. If Gronkowski’s outlook is bleak, the Bengals' star must be considered a viable replacement option.

Cincinnati has a favorable matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, so expect Gresham to be a big target on short-yardage passes and in the redzone. The yards won’t get you many fantasy points, but a touchdown would help.


Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

Despite Houston’s dependence on the rushing attack, the Texans have looked to their star tight end Owen Daniels on several occasions; especially in the endzone.

As the Texans continue to find their stride in the pass attack, Daniels will become a bigger part of star QB Matt Schaub’s arsenal.

If Houston can keep Schaub upright in the pocket, Daniels will have a huge day.

With a great matchup against the Tennessee Titans, expect Daniels to have five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, making him a great fantasy backup plan for Gronkowski.

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