Rob Gronkowski inactive: Aaron Hernandez to see big fantasy boost

Jim Rogash

Rob Gronkowski has been marked inactive for Sunday's game between the Patriots and the Dolphins, making Aaron Hernandez the team's unquestioned starter at tight end. We break down the fantasy implications.

As expected, Rob Gronkowski has been marked inactive for Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins due to a broken forearm. Aaron Hernandez is active despite struggling with an ankle injury throughout the season, and is expected to start.

Gronkowski could miss several more weeks, after undergoing surgery after a big performance in Week 11. Hernandez did not suffer any kind of setback despite a quiet Thanksgiving Day performance against the New York Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez caught just two passes for 36 yards against the Jets, but it's hard not to like his fantasy prospects a lot this week. His greater body of work suggests that he will be targeted early and often with Gronkowski out, setting up Hernandez as arguably one of the best tight ends in fantasy football this week. He deserves serious starting consideration from owners in all formats.

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