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.
FF Today's Take:The Patriots are playing it safe with their star TE in a meaningless game. Expect Tim Wright to get the start and Danny Amendola should see more targets with Edelman out. Expect to see Jimmy Garoppolo replace Tom Brady at some point during the game.
Julian Edelman out with concussion-- Sat Dec 20 4:00 pm --
Didn't make the trip to New York
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will not play tomorrow against the Jets due to a concussion, according to two sources.(Boston Herald)