Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots Who Will Gain Fantasy Value in TE's Continued Absence
Despite being questionable in each start this year, Rob Gronkowski remains out of the lineup through Week 4.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Pro Bowler did not even make the trip to Atlanta:
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Danny Amendola did not travel to Atlanta and will not play Sunday night vs. Falcons.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2013
With the tight end and Danny Amendola still out, it leaves the opportunity for other Patriots to step up in the passing game.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is the immediate beneficiary when it comes to playing time, although he is not enough of a receiver to be worthy of fantasy consideration.
Instead, a couple of wideouts will get the short looks that would ordinarily go to Gronkowski. After catching 20 passes in the last two weeks, Julien Edelman remains a PPR machine who also could still be an option in the red zone thanks to his great route-running ability.
Also, Kenbrell Thompkins proved last week that he is still a big part of this offense. He only caught three passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but two of them were touchdowns. Considering he is more polished than Aaron Dobson, the rookie has a better chance to make an impact on a regular basis.
Finally, running back Brandon Bolden maintains fantasy value after a breakout performance last week. He totaled 100 yards on only eight touches, and he showed that he is the only player on the roster who can catch the ball out of the backfield.
Tom Brady will need someone he can trust on short routes until Gronkowski returns, and Bolden will get plenty of targets against the Atlanta Falcons.
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