Rob Gronkowski Turns Back the Clock
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One of the hardest things to watch in football is an aging veteran who has lost his edge, believing in his heart that he can keep playing at a high level. Players want to leave it all out of the field and leave on their terms, but the balance of pride and what’s best for the organization can be a delicate balance. I had these same feelings when Rob Gronkowski followed his longtime quarterback, Tom Brady, down to Tampa Bay. However, as the season has progressed, Gronk is beginning to look like his old self.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski continues to make big plays as a member of his new team. Gronkowski only caught two balls, but one was a big, 44-yard reception that led to a score. The other was his fourth touchdown catch in the last five contests. The big tight end now has four games with at least 50 yards receiving after not having one as the calendar turned to October. He should be viewed as a weekly TE1 moving forward, especially with his nose for the end zone. Week 11 brings a Rams Defense that has been somewhat susceptible to tight ends.

Career Resurgence

Gronkowski hadn’t played a snap since Week 17 of the 2018 season when he transitioned out of retirement to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When he reunited with Brady, the obvious fan reaction was to think back to the dominant years they plated together in New England. And who could blame them? Gronkowski was on another planet in terms of tight end production. He averaged an absurd 18.4 PPR/game for five years.

However, he looked like a shell of his former self the last time he took the field. His career injury report is as long as anyone, and he rightfully earned a well-deserved rest from the rigors of football. His 2020 season started predictably slow, but Gronkowski is beginning to turn back the clock over his last five games. Fantasy owners should be taking notice and planning for potentially moving to acquire the infamous Gronk.

How To Play It

From Weeks 1-5, Gronkowski scored 32 fantasy points and failed to find the end zone. From Weeks 6-10, he’s scored 72.9 fantasy points and has seen pay dirt four times. Talk about a significant turnaround. Earlier in the offseason, reports revealed that Gronkowski was struggling to adjust to both football strains and the Tampa Bay weather. Now, as we head into the final weeks of the fantasy regular season and fantasy playoffs, he appears to have found his groove and is soaking up valuable targets from Brady weekly. He’s not a bad add in single-season leagues, and he’s worth a speculative add in dynasty leagues if you believe both he and Brady stick around beyond this season.

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