Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Rob Gronkowski had a year of highs and lows in 2012. The highest of highs being that he once again performed extremely well in fantasy football, putting up 139 fantasy points which was second best only to the New Orleans Saints Jimmy Graham.
The lowest of lows though for the New England Patriots tight end can be summed up on one hand, or should I say arm. He broke his arm in November, was able to get it to heal and then, cringing as I type this, broke his arm again two months later.
Despite the worrisome arm that Gronkowski possesses, he has many positives to look at which should make you believe that he is still and should still be considered one of the top two options at the tight end position come fantasy draft day.
The best thing going for him is that he is a mammoth player with very soft hands. He is extremely efficient as a receiving option for quarterback Tom Brady and produces when the ball lands in his hands. Check this out. In 2011 Gronkowski caught the pigskin 90 times. Out of those 90 receptions he was able to accumulate a massive 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. A quarter of those receptions went for more than 20 yards downfield and 69 of the 90 were for first downs. Wow!
He was well on his way for another monster season in 2012 as he caught 55 balls for a stat line of 790/11/13/45. That is very much the same pace that he performed at when blowing up the fantasy charts the year prior before snapping his arm. That my friends is reason enough to believe that as long as health is on his side and his arm is not in a sling, Gronkowski should be one of the top two tight ends off of the board come draft day and very well could come at a cheaper price than 2011.
Gronkowski has recently had a third surgery to help heal his arm that he broke twice last year. This surgery was to clear up an infection. While it is concerning, he shouldn’t miss any important time in training camp and should be ready to go when the 2013 National Football League season kicks off.