The fantasy fortunes of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski have taken quite a beating since his historic 2011 season.
Last year, a broken forearm cost the fourth-year pro five games. Gronkowski was still able to finish as a top-five fantasy option, thanks in large part to his scoring double-digit touchdowns for the third straight season.
Now, on the heels of a fourth surgery on that arm, ESPN reports that Gronkowski is set to go under the knife yet again, this time due to his balky back.
Gronkowski's availability for training camp, and even the early part of the regular season, is now very much in doubt. The odds of "Gronk" re-claiming his throne as fantasy's top tight end in 2013 now appear slim.
If not Gronk, then who?
Here are the leading candidates, from the runaway favorite to a dark-horse contender.