Rob Gronkowski has been ruled out for Week 13 after undergoing surgery earlier this month to repair a broken forearm, according to Christopher Price of WEEI.com. Gronkowski will likely miss a few more weeks, according to multiple reports.
Aaron Hernandez will start at tight end for the New England Patriots, after his own extended battle with an ankle injury. Daniel Fells could also see extra snaps, though he has caught just three passes on the season.
Fantasy Impact: The best case scenario for Gronkowski would be a late season return--think Week 16, maybe Week 15. As a result, Fantasy owners should be hunting down a solid long-term replacement, if they have yet to find one.
Hernandez immediately becomes one of those most lucrative fantasy tight ends now that Gronkowski is out, despite catching just two passes for 36 yards last week. He should be considered a must-start going forward on the strength of his reputation.