Why I Don’t Want To Own Rob Gronkowski In Dynasty Fantasy Football
I won’t own Rob Gronkowski in dynasty fantasy football.
It seems like over the past few months, the Gronk love has reached an all-time high. In recent dynasty startups I have been in, he has been a top 5 selection. I understand the logic behind it. He is the clear cut number 1 at a position that is very shallow. His production compares with that of the elite wide receivers. I love Gronk; who doesn’t love that delightful ball player.
Here my issue with Rob Gronkowski as a top 5 dynasty fantasy football start up pick: He plays tight end!
I do not invest highly in tight ends, and that’s for one simple reason: I don’t trust them. Now what I am about to say will ruffle feathers just with the word pairing: injury risk. Wait one minute before you light the torches and kick me out of the fantasy football community.
I am not saying Gronk is injury-prone. I am saying the position is prone to injuries due to what is asked of tight ends. Tight ends are asked to do everything on the field. When they stay in to block, they are lined up against monster pass rushers who are built to destroy. When they are asked to go out on a route, many times they are left hanging in the middle to get leveled. Who is tackling tight ends? Not the tiny cornerbacks that cover wide outs, it’s the über-humans of the NFL, the linebackers or the heat-seeking-missile safeties. Tight ends are asked to be H backs, extra tackles, pulling guards, and have a full route tree on top of all that!
Let us take a look at Gronk’s injuries…
– He broke his arm twice.
– He blew an ACL.
– He fractured a vertebrae.
These are not the types of injuries that are in any way predictable and in no way are a knock on his durability. It is the position he plays. These injuries sound like he has been fighting Bane… not playing football.
He is not the only tight end to deal with these kinds of injuries. Just take a look at the career of Dennis Pitta. Pitta was the darling of fantasy football for a while. Then he broke his hip! Not saying Pitta is at the level of Gronk, but more using it as an example of the abuse tight ends take. Jordan Reed can’t remember math at this point. Jordan Cameron could barely handle a game of Super Market Sweep after two games. Aaron Hernandez has probably already broke his back in the penal football league he is playing in.
Listen… I am not saying that if Rob Gronkowski is there in the late 1st that I wouldn’t look really hard at him. I understand taking shots and risks in a startup. When it comes to my number 1 pick… the player who will anchor my team, I cannot invest it in a tight end.
Yes, I know… “Gronk SMASH!!”
…but Gronk also get smashed just like all tight ends do.
I don’t fault anyone for taking him at 1.03. Trust me, I get it. I understand positional scarcity, and the advantage it can give one team over others. Everyone can keep taking Gronk in the early first; I will keep my tight ends where I like them – in the later rounds when the investment is minimal!
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