If you selected Rob Gronkowski in your fantasy football draft then you are undoubtedly a bargainer, who has been burned once or twice for being rather frugal. With that being said, if the New England Patriots‘ tight end overcomes a back injury prior to the month of October then you will look a genius!
Reports have surfaced that the Gronk “looks great and is doing great,” which is exactly what fantasy owners want to hear. While there is a slim possibility that Gronkowski is healthy for the regular season opener, New England could very well place its All-Pro tight end on the Physically Unable to Perform list resulting in Gronk missing the first six games of the year.
Okay — let’s just say the Pats place Gronkowski on the PUP and No. 87 is out for the first six weeks and you happen to have him on your fantasy team.
Rather than jump out of a window, let’s take a look at two things that you’re going to need if you want to overcome the Gronk absence. First of all, you have to be patient because the last thing you want to do is release him and see you buddy starting Gronkowski against you in the Super Bowl — you don’t want that, so just keep the guy on the bench for the time being.
Secondly, you must have some sort of back-up plan. For instance, players like Rob Houseler and Jordan Cameron are likely available on the waiver wire and can give you solid numbers for the time being. Granted, Housler and Cameron aren’t going to give you Gronk-like production, but they will be serviceable for the time being.
Keep a very close eye on No. 87 as he rehabilitates, but don’t act too swiftly and understand that with patience and preparation the Gronkowski injury can be handled with grace.