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As players' average draft position moves up or down, it's often difficult to decide whether or not to bite on a new trend, or to buy-low on a falling asset. Here is a breakdown of two players who have seen a recent shift in value.
Starting with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. An early look at the Patriots unofficial depth chart has Daniel Fells listed as the No. 1 tight end going into the first week of preseason. I'm not sure that this is enough to suggest that Gronk's value should be drifting down to the 5th round. Nonetheless, his average draft position has crept into the 40s.
If you're league is drafting this week, I would jump on the chance to grab Gronk with you're fifth pick. In deeper formats, he would be worth a look in the 4th round as well. While coming off of serious injury, all recovery reports have been positive, and we all know how positive Gronk's up-side can be. I suggest buying low on Gronk and look to later rounds for a viable backup.
Alex Smith. Smith is not going to get any attention as a starting quarterback in most fantasy leagues. Unless you're drafting Mr. Brees or Mr. Rodgers, every fantasy owner should be looking at a late-round backup. The obvious choices for your No. 2 in a ten or twelve team league would be Eli Manning, Dalton, Cutler, Roethlisberger, Schaub, or Flacco. These guys are all good fantasy QBs - but their ceiling has essentially been set. Joe Flacco has never thrown for 4,000 yards, or over 25 touchdowns in a season. With virtually the same offense, I don't think anyone is going to except Flacco to eclipse those figures in 2013. If you're looking for a guy to fill in on a bye week, Flacco is a good pick.
If you're looking for someone with the potential to finish top 15 in fantasy points, take a look at Alex Smith. Either as trade-bait or to protect against injury, Smith enters 2013 with a blank-slate. In Andy Reid's high-powered west coast offense, and with one of the league's best run games, he'll be in a position to shock defensive coordinators from the very start. If you're feeling lucky, grab Smith in the last few rounds. He has decent keeper potential as well.
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Rotoworld.com, the “buzz is positive” regarding Rob Gronkowski’s recovery from offseason back surgery. There even seems to be a chance Gronk may avoid the PUP list at the start of the season. “Buzz seems to be building the positive way,” said Schefter. “I haven’t heard too many discouraging things. … So far the buzz is positive...
Rob Gronkowski has basically become a lost guy in Patriots training camp now a days. The tight end has gone through several surgeries over the off-season, and quite frankly, there isn't much information regarding anything about the surgeries. But now, there may be. Boston.com is reporting that Rob Gronkowski's book gives a valuable insight to his rehab from surgery. They...
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski won’t be spiking the football any time soon as he’s most likely to start this season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list. That means he will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the season allowing the Patriots to replace him on the active roster. It also means that someone else will have to fill in for the nasty Gronk...
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker told Sports Illustrated that his former coach Bill Belichick was hard on him toward the end of his six-year career in New England. “It was just kind of hard,” Welker told the magazine in a story that appears in this week’s edition, “one of those deals where you have to endure him,
Rob Gronkowski could avoid the PUP list to start the season, after all.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the “buzz is positive” about Rob Gronkowski’s recovery from back surgery.
“Buzz seems to be building the positive way,” Schefter said on NFL Insiders, as transcribed by Rotoworld. “I haven’t heard too many discouraging things. … So far the buzz is positive.”
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski not only had some advice for the kids at his camp this past offseason, but he taught them how to spike a football.
h/t Terez Owens
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If the New England Patriots are to get off to a quick start in the 2013 regular season, it will probably get done on the back of a stout running game, and a physical defense.
The Patriots offense though will look like a sham of itself.
The Boston Globe is reporting that Rob Gronkowski will miss the first six games of the regular season, because he will be on the PUP list.
Without much of a surprise, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will likely remain on the PUP list when the regular season kicks off next month, according to the Boston Globe.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski has almost become a forgotten member of the Patriots as he rehabs from back surgery and sits out training camp. He has attended practices most days in street clothes, but the Patriots...
AFC East Preview Due to the fact that we are just now in the first week of the preseason, these previews will not include specific information related to special teams personnel, mainly because with the exception of a few key players, most units will not be complete until the final roster cuts and conclusion of preseason football. New England Patriots 2012: 12-4, 1st in AFC East...
According to Boston Globe reporter Ben Volin, Patriots TE Zach Sudfield is running exclusively with the first unit at this point and is catching everything thrown his way.Fantasy Spin:The 6-foot-7 Sudfield appears to be standing in for Rob Gronkowski (back), who is still on the active/PUP list and is questionable for Week 1. The undrafted rookie is an interesting name to keep an...
With Rob Gronkowski likely out until after week six of the regular season and Jake Ballard still having knee problems, Daniel Fells is likely the Patriots’ number one tight end right now, according to the Boston Globe.
Daniel Fells is the likely No. 1 tight end at this point, with Michael Hoomanawanui working mostly at H-back, leaving Ballard to fight with Sudfeld to be the No...
With all the attention being paid to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, the other member of the once dangerous tight end tandem for the New England Patriots has been able to stay out of sight. Of course anyone that stands 6-foot-6 and weighs in at around 265 pounds is going to have a hard time not being noticed. Since training
Today I will be pointing out the NFL’s players/teams that I feel will not live up to their expectations. This doesn’t mean I don’t think the players or teams are good, it just simply means that they have expectations that are too high for the circumstances that they are under. Enjoy!
Rob Gronkowski- It’s tough for me to put this guy on the list. He has been amazing for the...
ESPN's Adam Schefter has news on TE Rob Gronkowski's recovery from back surgery that should be music to Patriots fans ears:
"Buzz seems to be building the positive way. I haven't heard too many discouraging things. ... So far the buzz is positive."
Schefter, speaking on NFL Insiders, went on to say that Gronk's progress could enable the big tight end to...
Photo Credit: Chitose Suzuki, Boston Herald Chitose Suzuki Quick, close your eyes and picture the Patriots offense last season. What do you see? No doubt you see images of Tom Brady stepping into a throw, maybe Wes Welker hauling in a catch and ducking under a tackle. Maybe you see Rob Gronkowski spiking the ball in the endzone, or, eek, Aaron Hernandez catching a pass and turning...