After a strong rookie season which showcased his ability to make plays in the red zone but yielded just 546 receiving yards, Gronkowski’s role in the Patriots offense took off in 2011 as he set single season league records for the tight end position with 1,327 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. And for good measure he added another touchdown on the ground. He is clearly a major cog in one of the league’s best offenses so the question becomes: where do you take him? While Gronkowski has been a revelation in New England (and to his fantasy owners), the odds of him replicating his 2011 production are unlikely. Brandon Lloyd joins the Patriots this season as a proven deep threat and defenses will adjust and increase their focus on Gronkowski. His high ankle sprain at the end of last season was a reminder of the injury issues that caused him to drop into the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. Gronkowski rates as either the 1st or 2nd ranked fantasy tight end for 2012 but don’t get crazy and use a 1st round pick to get him.
Goodell's decision on Brady expected next week-- Fri May 8 7:45 pm --
Patriots QB expected to be suspended over DeflateGate
Roger Goodell's decision is expected to be announced next week and it is no longer a matter of if the NFL commissioner will suspend Tom Brady, but for how long he will suspend him. The feeling is the Wells Report supplied Goodell with enough ammunition to suspend Brady both for breaking the rules by ordering the deflation of footballs and by not cooperating with the investigation when he refused to turn over his cell phone to Wells’ investigators.(New York Daily News)
FF Today's Take:Speculation ranges anywhere from two games to a more lengthy suspension of 6-8 games. The Patriots face the Steelers on the opening Thursday night of season, then face Buffalo and Jacksonvile before travelling to Dallas in Week 5 to face the Cowboys on Sunday night. Brady's fantasy value, along with the fantasy value TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman are on hold.
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