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Austin Seferian-Jenkins Could Help Replace Rob Gronkowski for Patriots on Field and Fantasy Football

By Dan O'Shea
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The New England Patriots have signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins as their potential Rob Gronkowski replacement.

As good as the Patriots' offense is with Tom Brady at the helm, finding a player who can match Gronkowski's production is no easy task. Seferian-Jenkins will have some massive shoes to fill, but he could string together a nice fantasy season with the Patriots.

With that said, let's break down Seferian-Jenkins' fantasy value in New England.

Mike Clay, of ESPN, is projecting Seferian-Jenkins to finish with 50 receptions, 497 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Those projections actually aren't too different from what Gronkowski did in his 13 games last season. Gronkowski tallied 47 receptions for 682 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 2018-19.

If Seferian-Jenkins does manage to reach these totals, he would finish with 129.7 points in PPR fantasy leagues. That would've made Seferian-Jenkins the No. 13-ranked tight end last season, which suggests he could be a value toward the end of fantasy drafts.

Seferian-Jenkins is a big body and he's deceptively athletic. While he's never put up gaudy numbers, he's also never caught passes from Brady. New England's offense has historically relied on tight ends, which could make Seferian-Jenkins a late-round steal when fantasy drafts roll around in a few short months.

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