On Thursday it was reported that the New England Patriots MIGHT place tight end Rob Gronkowski on the active 53 man roster by Saturday. It’s possible that the Patriots are activating him not to play Week 1, but to keep him off the PUP list so he’s not ineligible for the first 6 games of the season.
Gronkowski’s spent more time in the operating room than in the locker room during the offseason. The Patriots believe that Gronk might be able to return by late September. Since the stud tight end has been out, the Pats have been looking towards Zach Sudfeld to fill Gronkowski’s spot. In 3 games Sudfeld has caught 6 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Gronkowski is the 25th overall player on the board with an ADP of just under 30. As the number 2 ranked tight end, fantasy owners will see his draft position rise a little after this recent news.
However, taking an injury prone player in the early part of the third round has high risk. Until Gronk’s epic return to the field, owners need to draft a replacement and who better than Zach Sudfeld.
Gronkowski is a touchdown machine and a freak athlete and his upside could spell playoff victories for your fantasy teams. But after five surgeries in such a short period of time, it’s hard to ignore the possibility that he could get reinjured.