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.