Tom Brady is back for the Patriots, does that mean Rob Gronkowski will soon be too?
It’s Week 5 and fantasy owners are still waiting on Rob Gronkowski to show why he’s not only the No. 1 tight end, but also why they used a first-round draft pick on him. The reality is that Gronk still isn’t 100 percent and there are whispers that this hamstring injury is taking longer to heal than the Patriots initially thought.
This is bad news for Gronk owners and also could be horrendous timing with Tom Brady set to return from his four-game suspension and the hapless Cleveland Browns sitting there on a tee. But until Gronkowski flashes his old form on the field, he’s not going to be the top-ranked TE. That distinction goes to Jordan Reed, who has gotten off to solid start, followed by Greg Olsen, currently leading his peers in fantasy points (depending on league scoring). Zach Ertz also looks like he will be back on the field for the first time since hurting his ribs in Week 1.
Four teams on bye in Week 5 means the Jimmy Graham renaissance will take a one-week hiatus, as will Travis Kelce. And maybe the break is what Coby Fleener needs to clear his head, learn his playbook and turn things around. Julius Thomas just needs to get healthy.
Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle
|1||Jordan Reed||WAS||at BAL|
|2||Greg Olsen||CAR||vs. TB (Mon.)|
|3||Kyle Rudolph||MIN||vs. HOU|
|4||Rob Gronkowski||NE||at CLE|
|5||Delanie Walker||TEN||at MIA|
|6||Zach Ertz||PHI||at DET|
|7||Zach Miller||CHI||at IND|
|8||Dennis Pitta||BAL||vs. WAS|
|9||Hunter Henry||SD||at OAK|
|10||Eric Ebron||DET||vs. PHI|
|11||Jason Witten||DAL||vs. CIN|
|12||Gary Barnidge||CLE||vs. NE|
|13||Cameron Brate||TB||at CAR (Mon.)|
|14||Jacob Tamme||ATL||at DEN|
|15||Martellus Bennett||NE||at CLE|
|16||Dwayne Allen||IND||vs. CHI|
|17||Richard Rodgers||GB||vs. NYG|
|18||Tyler Eifert||CIN||at DAL|
|19||Clive Walford||OAK||vs. SD|
|20||Jack Doyle||IND||vs. CHI|
|21||Charles Clay||BUF||at LA|
|22||Jesse James||PIT||vs. NYJ|
|23||Garrett Celek||SF||vs. ARI (Thurs.)|
|24||Will Tye||NYG||at GB|
|25||Ryan Griffin||HOU||at MIN|
|26||Lance Kendricks||LA||vs. BUF|
|27||Dion Sims||MIA||vs. TEN|
|28||Antonio Gates||SD||at OAK|
|29||Vance MacDonald||SF||vs. ARI (Thurs.)|
|30||C.J. Uzomah||CIN||at DAL|
— Rankings by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.