Fantasy Football Week 15: 3 Available Replacements for Rob Gronkowski
Week 14 was a notable one. Snow fell at an alarming rate in Philadelphia and Baltimore, and four other games were impacted by weather as well. However, the biggest news came in a game with nice weather. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season.
The injury occurred halfway through the third quarter when T.J. Ward tackled Gronkowski at the knee. Gronk’s knee was said to have bent awkwardly and he couldn’t put any weight on the leg. Adam Schefter tweeted the heartbreaking news to Patriots fans and fantasy owners alik — Gronk has a torn ACL.
Fantasy owners who stashed Gronk were enjoying his success, but their playoff hopes may have died. In order to save your season, here are three players who won’t have the same value as Gronk, but will provide enough fantasy points to help you win in Week 15.
Dennis Pitta: The Baltimore Ravens activated Pitta before Sunday’s game. He didn’t look that rusty as he caught six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown — typical Pitta stats. He was tied for no. 1 in targets. It’s no surprise that he is Joe Flacco‘s favorite target. In Week 15, the Ravens play the Detroit Lions, who allow 5.6 points per game to opposing tight ends. Pitta can easily get in the end zone and score another 10 fantasy points. He is owned in just 1.4 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
Charles Clay: Clay had his best game of the season on Sunday. He finished with seven receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He has 20 targets over the last two games and 34 in his last four. He will continue to be a top-tier tight end heading into Week 15 against the Patriots. New England allows 6.6 fantasy points to tight ends, but struggled in Week 14. They gave up 121 yards and a score to Jordan Cameron. Clay is owned in over half of ESPN leagues, but is still widely available.
Mercedes Lewis: After not scoring more than four fantasy points in the first 11 games, Lewis has played well over the last two games. He had eight in Week 13 and 10 in Week 14. Lewis has scored in back-to-back games, but failed to eclipse 40 receiving yards. His value solely rests on scoring, which is why he is owned in less than one percent of leagues. There are much worse options, but with every valuable tight end already rostered, Lewis is worth the risk in deeper leagues.