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Rob Gronkowski Fantasy Outlook Makes Him Touchdown-Dependent TE2

Larry Rupp
Rob Gronkowski's fantasy outlook makes him a touchdown-dependent TE2 in 2021.
Rob Gronkowski's fantasy outlook makes him a touchdown-dependent TE2 in 2021. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

No one quite knew what to expect from Rob Gronkowski when he came out of retirement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He ended up playing a solid role on a Super Bowl offense, but he heads into the 2021 season as a touchdown-dependent TE2 in fantasy football leagues.

Rob Gronkowski Fantasy Outlook

Gronkowski's comeback was a great storyline last season. However, he is much more about winning these days than he is about racking up his own statistics. The 11th-year pro finished the 2020 season averaging a career-low 38.9 yards per game and posted a disappointing 58.4% catch percentage.

The only thing keeping Gronkowski relevant in fantasy football is his ability to get into the end zone. He scored 7 touchdowns last season and saw 17 red zone targets, which ranked second amongst Tampa Bay receivers behind only Mike Evans (19).

Keep in mind that 2020 was the first time Gronkowski has played in all 16 regular season since the 2011 season. The injury concern that comes with drafting him cannot be overlooked. Moving forward, quarterback Tom Brady should continue to look Gronkowski's way near the goal line as the 32-year-old's sheer size gives him a mismatch against most coverages.

That is the only thing he as going for him since there are just too many mouths to feed on the Buccaneers offense. Specifically, tight end O.J. Howard is set to return to the lineup after suffering an Achilles injury last season and he could cut into Gronkowski's target share a bit.

Rob Gronkowski ADP

Gronkowski's average draft position is No. 130 overall and No. 16 amongst TEs in PPR leagues, according to FantasyPros. He is a fine choice at that price, but fantasy manager should not be reaching for the veteran tight end.

Gronkowski checks in at TE13 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings.

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