Rob Gronkowski makes 53-man roster, becomes less risky in fantasy

The Patriots will keep Rob Gronkowski on their team to start the year. - Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots did not place Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve and he made the 53-man roster. We break down the fantasy implications.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made the 53-man roster on Saturday. He had back surgery this offseason and is expected to miss some time this season.

Since he avoided the PUP list or IR-designated to return, the Patriots believe he will be back before Week 6. The team waived Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard on Friday, so the writing was on the wall that Gronk was going to make the team.

Fantasy impact: His value definitely went up this weekend and anyone that took a chance on him in the fifth round or so is probably feeling good about it. The consensus around the team is that he could be back before Week 4, so if he stays healthy, he could be worth as much as a third-round pick. He scored 11 TDs in 11 games last year and with the Patriots having so many new pieces in their passing game, Tom Brady would like a player with which he has a rapport.

Keep up with all of our Fantasy Coverage


More from SB Nation:

Sign up for Fantasy Football!

Download SB Nation's fantasy football draft guide

Get live advice daily in the Fantasy War Room

2013 fantasy football QB rankings | RB rankings | WR rankings | TE rankings

Strategy for drafting team defense

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.