Fantasy News and Notes – Gronk 50/50 For Week 1?

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – ProFootballTalk is reporting that Gronk is now 50/50 to play for the Patriots in week one as he recovers from ACL surgery. The news is not completely unexpected, though his stock has risen quite a bit over the last few weeks with better than average reports. Gronk has upside to top even Jimmy Graham, but given his history you’d be wise to back him up with a high level backup just in case.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – Bellevue Washington police are investigating claims of assault and personal damage against Lynch made by a female victim. The Seahawks don’t seem too concerned, calling the charges “bogus” but between this, the holdout, retirement talk and the fact that he has 1,000+ carries over the last three years, Lynch is not likely to find his way on my teams this year.

Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars – Returned to practice after resting a hip flexor injury. Gerhart is expected to have a massive workload this season, but the injury is making that less of a sure thing. As long as he’s able to get some work in this pre-season I’m comfortable with him as an RB2, but if he continues to struggle with injuries he’ll drop to a flex option.

Josh Brown, Arizona Cardinals – Cardinals GM Steve Keim told the media that he has been very impressed with the third round rookie and that he hasn’t seen a rookie look as good as Brown since Anquan Boldin. That’s high praise considering Boldin caught 101 passes for 1,377 yards and 8 touchdowns his rookie year. While I wouldn’t expect anywhere near that level from Brown, he should be on your radar as a player to target in the late rounds of your draft.

Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots – The Patriots activated off PUP list and he returned to practice on Tuesday. Dobson is coming off a serious foot surgery for an injury suffered last season. While his week 1 status is still in question, coming off the PUP list tells us he should be ready prior to week 6. If healthy Dobson gives the Pats a vertical threat they haven’t had in a while and he could be a solid WR3 in fantasy.

Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals – Jones will miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his foot in camp. Coming in to the year the Bengals and fantasy owners had high hopes for Jones to become the complement to A.J. Green, but that will have to wait until later this season. If you have an injury spot on your roster feel free to draft Jones late, otherwise I would recommend using the spot on someone healthier.

Andre Brown, Houston Texans – Coming off a strong partial season with the Giants, the Texans signed Brown to a one-year deal in the off-season. Apparently things didn’t go well as the Texans released Brown on Monday. Considering Arian Foster’s injury issues the move comes as quite a surprise. Jonathan Grimes is currently Foster’s backup, but their depth chart is far from settled at this point.

Tony Romo, Dallas CowboysJerry Jones told the media that Romo will play in this Saturday’s game against Baltimore. Romo has been dealing with back issues as he recovers from the surgery he had late last season. Assuming no setbacks Romo is a nice value pick for those who like to wait on quarterback.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers – Stewart returned to practice on Sunday for the first time this year, recovering from yet another injury – this time a hamstring. J-Stew was a fantasy gem for many years and still gets over-drafted as a result. With his injury history, crowded backfield and the fact that Cam Newton is the team’s best goal-line rusher “The Daily Show” no longer has fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues.

Danny Trevathan, Denver Broncos – The Broncos starting middle linebacker suffered a knee fracture and will miss 6-8 weeks. It’s a big blow to the defense we have rated #7 this season. IDP leaguers should take a look at rookie Lamin Barrow who might get the chance to fill in while Trevathan is out.

Orlando Scandrick, Dallas Cowboys – Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for the Cowboys defense, Scandrick, the starting cornerback, was suspended four games for violations of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. Under no circumstances should you draft Dallas’ defense this year… they could be record bad. On the flipped side, feel free to start any offensive players against Dallas all season.

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