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Rob Gronkowski returns to practice, good news for fantasy owners

New England’s standout tight end will practice Wednesday. We break down fantasy implications.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) told NFL Network’s Courtney Fallon that he is returning to practice Wednesday. Gronkowski missed New England’s season-opening win over the Arizona Cardinals. The four-time Pro Bowler has battled a hamstring injury that has nagged him since camp. He missed most of the Patriots’ preseason games and was a late scratch for Week 1. There is no official word out of New England on whether Gronkowski will suit up for the team’s Week 2 matchup with division rival Miami Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots want Gronkowski on the field and, if he can go Sunday, expect to see Gronk targeted a lot. This is great for owners. He will be a good safety net for backup Jimmy Garoppolo as a big, reliable target. Also, the sixth-year TE has a good history against Miami, posting over 40 yards and at least one touchdown in three of the last four meetings. Gronkowski is a no-briner TE1 if he is a go Sunday.