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Through four weeks, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has one catch for 11 yards.
That really shouldn’t be an issue, because the Patriots are 3-1. Yeah it’s a bummer to not see one of the NFL’s greats performing at his best, but it’s understandable. He has a hamstring injury that cost him two games and is clearly still slowing him.
But it is an issue to many people and we all know why. Gronkowski was probably taken in the first 15 or so picks of your fantasy draft. And you don’t wanna blow someone’s fantasy season by putting up 1.1 point in four weeks (or a robust 2.1 for those in PPR leagues).
Gronk said he’s hearing about his lack of fantasy production from fans.
“I can’t even go to the grocery store without getting yelled at,” Gronkowski said, according to multiple reports.
Should that happen? The 16 remaining people who watch the NFL and don’t play fantasy might yell about how that hyper-focus on fantasy football is killing the game, but that’s a losing battle. People play fantasy. They’re into it. I’m not sure what percentage of the NFL’s $13 billion in annual revenue can be attributed to folks paying attention to every game due to fantasy, but it’s probably more significant than we’d guess.
Still, Gronkowski should be able to go buy some milk at the Stop & Shop without being reminded he’s not scoring much for your fantasy team. Gronkowski admitted the hamstring is still keeping him from playing at full speed, but “When I can get rolling, I’ll get rolling.”
Don’t worry, Gronkowski will soon be back to doing Gronk things, especially now that Tom Brady is back for the Patriots at quarterback. If you see him out and about, stop yelling at him about his fantasy stats.
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