Rob Gronkowski Injury: Forearm Issue Shouldn't Scare Fantasy Owners in Long Term
If you've continued to stick by Rob Gronkowski, your faith shouldn't be shaken because he likely won't see the field in Week 3.
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the star tight end's forearm is what's keeping him off the field:
From #GameDay First: Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to play today. It's his forearm holding him back, not his back. Needs to be full strength— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2013
There will be plenty of fantasy owners who will be getting antsy with Gronkowski. He was likely the first or second tight end off the board, and yet he hasn't contributed anything fantasy-wise. In addition, it's the forearm that has caused the most problems with Gronk. Whenever it's brought up, his fantasy owners will think the worst.
With the way the most recent development is being reported, there should be reason for hope down the line. New England seems to be taking more of a precautionary approach with Gronkowski.
If they absolutely had to play him, he could probably take the field. This is only Week 3, and the Patriots have a winnable game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After all, Gronk was listed as questionable for this game, rather than out or doubtful, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Patriots list WR Danny Amendola as doubtful and TE Rob Gronkowski as questionable.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2013
New England clearly thought there was a chance that its starting tight end would be healthy enough to play.
Hearing Gronkowski talk about the injury also has to be encouraging for fantasy owners. Gronkowski said, via The Boston Globe's Michael Whitmer:
I’m just day-to-day and progressing every week. I’m just improving every week, feeling good every week. When everyone collaborates together and I feel ready to go, that’s when it will be. I definitely feel closer, I’m feeling way closer to playing. It feels good to be out on the field with your teammates, running around, catching balls from Tom, being with the tight ends again and doing drills with them. I’m having a blast out there.
The biggest problem is just Gronkowski suiting up again, which seems to be less and less of an issue as the season goes on. It's no longer a matter of if, but when.
Once he's on the field, there shouldn't be any doubt about Gronkowski putting up strong fantasy numbers in 2013. It's not as if his overall season numbers will make a big difference. He just needs to have big single-game performances, which is realistic.
Assuming Gronk gets back before Danny Amendola, he'll automatically become the best target for Tom Brady. The Patriots passing game is a mess at the moment, with Julian Edelman being the most reliable option. Even with Amendola on the field, Gronkowski will still be the best fantasy tight end out there. Nobody is going to be taking too many targets away from him.
Owners who drafted Gronkowski took a big gamble before the season. While it's yet to pay off, it's the kind of move that could pay off at the exact right time—toward the end of the season. Gronk could mean getting a playoff spot and possibly winning the title in your league. There's no need to start panicking now.
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