The tight end pool for fantasy football welcomes a familiar face back in 2020, albeit in a new place, both in terms of team and his spot in the rankings. After a one-year retirement, Rob Gronkowski has returned to the NFL, reuniting with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. In his prime, Gronk was a first-round pick in fantasy drafts but that is no longer the case.
At the top of the tight end rankings are Travis Kelce and George Kittle, who not only led their teams in receiving yards last season but also finished in the top 25 in the league. Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz, and Darren Waller (15th in the NFL) are the other tight ends that led their team in that category in 2019, so it's not surprising that they make up the top five.
Gronkowski has previously been Brady's top target, leading the Patriots in receiving yards three times (2014, '15, '17) during his nine seasons in New England, but he hasn't played since Super Bowl LIII, is now 31, and was considered an injury risk prior to his retirement. Brady also has the luxury of throwing to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, while the Buccaneers have O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate to help take the load off of Gronkowski at tight end.
So will an older Gronkowski be the old Gronk when it comes to fantasy? That remains to be seen but the same old risks haven't gone away and Gronk certainly is no longer in a class by himself at the tight end position.
2020 Tight End Rankings
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