Rob Gronkowski inactive, Zach Sudfeld sees huge boost in fantasy value


Zach Sudfeld is now a top target in the Patriots passing game. We break down the fantasy implications.

Rob Gronkowski did not make the trip to Buffalo with the Patriots and is officially inactive for Week 1. His absence leaves Zach Sudfeld, who is now in a starting role, with more playing time. He should be in for 30-40 snaps in New England's opener against the Bills.

Michael Hoomanawanui will be playing in Gronkowski's in-line role. Sudfeld will be the "move" tight end for the Patriots going forward.

Fantasy impact: Sudfeld should be owned in every league right now. He has a favorable matchup with the Bills for Week 1, and given the lack of depth at tight end this year, he's a good option for starting lineups.

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Even when Gronk returns, Sudfeld will still valuable to fantasy owners. He is filling the role Aaron Hernandez served over the past few years in New England. Expect a strong start to the season for Sudfeld.

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