Bust candidates by position: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs
Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
But Gronkowski has nine years of professional attrition on his body, and he obviously didn’t even play last year. The track record of NFL stars who try to reboot their career in their 30s is mediocre, especially at the high-contact positions. And be mindful that Gronk hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2011.
The last version of Gronkowski was fairly tame — a 47-682-3 line over 13 games back in 2018. That slotted him in fantasy as the TE11. A similar end-of-season rank is in play for Gronkowski’s return, though I think he’ll be more important around the goal line and probably less involved between the 20s. The Buccaneers have two other capable tight ends, and heck, they might need Gronkowski’s blocking more than they need his pass catching.
I am certainly not telling anyone to eschew fun and personality as they assemble a fantasy team. But just understand that Gronkowski’s explosive upside is probably gone for good into an age-31 season, and the floor is no longer sturdy, either. Tight end is a position where I see plenty of proactive picks; on my clipboard, Gronk isn’t one of them.