Let's not try to pretend that replacing Rob Gronkowski is gonna be easy ... or even doable. We're talking about a tight end whose career is off to a historically great start. If you just lost Gronk in fantasy, then you — like the Patriots — have an enormous hole to fill.
Today, our mission is to find a few replacement options for your irreplaceable tight end.
If you can afford to toss two roster spots at this dilemma, then the best course of action might be to add both Delanie Walker of Tennessee and Zach Miller of Seattle. Why? Because those two get to face the Arizona Cardinals in Weeks 15-16, and so far this season there's been no friendlier matchup for opposing tight ends. To date, the Cards have allowed 13 touchdowns and 1,012 receiving yards to the tight end position. That's insane. It's pretty much Gronk-level production every week. Miller roasted Arizona earlier this year, catching five balls for 40 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. Walker was on fire before his recent concussion; if he's back on Sunday, he's a good bet to go off.
Your other potential course of action if you need to replace Gronk with just one player is to add our old friend Dennis Pitta. He returned from his hip injury in Week 14, delivering six catches for 48 yards and one score. Joe Flacco loves him like a pet, so you know the targets will be there. Pitta is just 10 percent owned at the moment, and he'll likely be involved in a pair of shootouts over the next two weeks (at Detroit, vs. New England). Add and enjoy.
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