One advantage Gronkowski has over the Buccaneers’ offensive weapons is continuity with Brady. Gronkowski (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Risk management is fundamental to any fantasy football strategy. But Gronkowski has nine years of professional attrition on his body, and he obviously didn’t even play last year. Gronkowski has finished at the overall TE1 four times in his career, a feat that Travis Kelce has accomplished each of the last 4 years consecutively. The Buccaneers tight end has not been a significant part of … 1 Fantasy tight end in all leagues with a pick as early as … The Buccaneers' tight end group endured the loss of O.J. Injuries have been a reason to shy away from Gronk in the past, but few players rarely get a whole calendar year away from the beating an NFL season provides, and at 31 it appears Gronk has plenty left to give. Tampa Bay has three picks over the first two days. Follow the Yahoo fantasy football crew on Twitter: Andy Behrens, Dalton Del Don, Matt Harmon, Liz Loza, Scott Pianowski, Tight end Rob Gronkowski is back, but what will he bring to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fantasy managers? Gronkowski (shoulder) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game in Chicago. Analysis: Though Gronkowski is currently retired, the Patriots hold his playing rights. Facebook; Twitter; Reddit; Email; Jason Koerner/Getty Images. Tampa Bay comes into this week with a three-game winning streak while the Bears suffered their first loss this past weekend. Scott Pianowski: Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room — it is not emotionally satisfying to pan Gronkowski. Analysis: As expected, the last hurdle has been completed in the transaction. A similar end-of-season rank is in play for Gronkowski’s return, though I think he’ll be more important around the goal line and probably less involved between the 20s. Howard and Cameron Brate on the roster. The veteran tight end was heavily utilized as a blocker, but he also emerged in the passing game with six catches for 48 yards after having been targeted just three times over the previous two weeks. Howard and Cameron Brate, Gronkowski is expected to be the top option at the position due to both his talent and extensive history with Brady. The prolific tight end began participating in the sessions over a week ago and has been among a collection of skill-position players that also includes Mike Evans and Chris Godwin running a full array of pass routes. You may still be able to wait until later in the draft to select the future Hall of Famer, but nobody will blame you for reaching a little for someone with so much upside and is Tom Brady’s all-time favorite target. The theme for Gronkowski heading into the 2020 season is uncertainty. Vitali separately reports Gronkowski is still in the process of adjusting to how coach Bruce Arians utilizes tight ends in his offense, with incumbent O.J. Will fantasy owners look back and kick themselves for not jumping on board the Gronk train at a discount? Waller, of course, remains an excellent player who’s earned the trust of his coaching staff and quarterback, yet he has no obvious path to match last year’s opportunities. But just understand that Gronkowski’s explosive upside is probably gone for good into an age-31 season, and the floor is no longer sturdy, either. These players have either enough upside or consistency to be drafted over anybody else at the position, but the next tier is when it can become tricky. Furthermore, this Giants squad is loaded with receiving talent - including red zone threat Darius Slayton - which figures to eat into Engram’s volume. Copyright 2020 Fantasy Football Calculator | Image Source: Icon Sportswire. Liz Loza: Engram is an insane receiver (I mean tight end) with wild measurables (89th percentile SPARQ). Gronkowski started the season slow, but he's played 80 percent or more of snaps in three straight games, averaging 3.3 catches for 43 yards on 5.3 targets in that stretch. In fact, he has yet to post a full 16-game season over his three-year career. Analysis: Gronkowski put forth a 'LP/LP/FP' practice slate last week before being cleared to suit up versus the Bears, so it appears likely that the Buccaneers are still simply limiting his reps. With O.J. By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's Terms and Privacy Policy. It’s still reasonable to hope for, say, a top-12-ish positional finish from Waller, but he’s about to take a big step back in terms of receptions and yardage. Gronkowski has impressed in early camp practices with his athleticism and seemingly unchanged rapport with quarterback Tom Brady, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. Rob Gronkowski has the highest career yards per target of any player. But even tongue-in-cheekily referring to himself as a blocking tight end is not what fantasy owners who believed he would recapture anything close to his prior glory want to hear. Howard having suffered a major Achilles' injury Sunday. While he’s apparently done a “helluva job” rehabbing and reportedly looks great in camp, I’m not willing to use a sixth or seventh-round pick on a player that’s been on the field for 19 games over the last two years. Analysis: There was never any suggestion of Gronkowski's game status being in jeopardy. Scott Pianowski: Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room — it is not emotionally satisfying to pan Gronkowski. He upgraded to full practice participation Friday, setting him up for his usual role in a battle of NFC heavyweights. The track record of NFL stars who try to reboot their career in their 30s is mediocre, especially at the high-contact positions.

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