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Gronkowski scores against Miami in December.
Rob Gronkowski is going to have a different fantasy season in 2013. Gronkowski finished last season with 790 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing six games.
Unfortunately, things have been difficult since then. Gronkowski had four more surgeries on his arm and back. Because of them, he will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
The Patriots lost Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Danny Woodhead in the offseason, so quarterback Tom Brady is going to have to work with some different weapons in 2013.
Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday as part of a homicide investigation and was released by New England later that morning. He cleared waivers, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
Because of all of the changes, defenses should find it easier to try to cover Gronkowski, thus potentially limiting his production.
Gronkowski owners should be prepared for a good, but not great, season, as he will fail to reach double-digit touchdowns for the first time in his career.
Prediction: 71 catches, 810 yards, 7 touchdowns