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|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.
| Danny Amendola expected to play -- Fri Nov 27 4:45 pm --|
WR listed as questionable
|New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola practiced on Friday, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. Amendola also got in a limited session on Thursday, indicating that the Patriots are preparing to suit him up for the Week 12 matchup with the Denver Broncos. The Patriots' slot receiver was featured heavily in the offense before exiting Week 11's victory over the Bills with a sprained knee. However, it appears that Amendola is not in danger of being kept out of action on Sunday. (SB Nation)|
FF Today's Take: Amendola is a must-start this weekend as Tom Brady's second-best receiving option after Rob Gronkowski. The diminutive receiver is in line for his third straight week with more than 10 targets.
|Steelers fail to contain Pats' new TE tandem -- Fri Sep 11 3:45 pm --|
Gronkowski and Chandler combine for four TDs in season opener
|As the story goes, the Steelers came to Gillette Stadium last night with this grand plan to stop Rob Gronkowski. They figured stuffing the all-world tight end was the key to beating the Patriots. So they were going to jam him, hit him, and slug him silly at the line. Really? The only ones looking silly last night were the Men of Steel, who looked more like the Men of Jello whenever they came anywhere near Gronk, or his sidekick, Scott Chandler. The Patriots’ new tight end tandem was unveiled for the first time, and it was every bit as awesome as most people had imagined during the Pats’ 28-21 opening-night victory. (Boston Herald)|
FF Today's Take: It'd be unreasonable to expect Aaron Hernandez-type numbers from Chandler, as he lacks the raw athleticism of the former Patriot. Even a 50-reception, 500-yard campaign is probably a stretch. But we know that Tom Brady likes targetting his tight ends in the red zone. An eight-touchdown season is not out of the realm of possibility for Chandler if he stays healthy.