As fantasy football playoffs begin, Rob Gronkowski is suspended. Now what?


By Christopher Harris, Special to The Washington Post

Rob Gronkowski will be suspended for Week 14 after his after-the-whistle hit on the Bills’ Tre’Davious White. Frankly, the fallout for the Patriots may be positive: give an injury-prone star a late-season rest in game where New England is an 11-point road favorite, and get him ready for a Week 15 showdown with the Steelers in Pittsburgh. But for Gronk’s fantasy owners heading into the playoffs, the suspension is brutal. After years of being teased by the big tight end’s dominance only to see him taken away by yet another injury, it finally seemed we were getting a full season of Prime Gronk. Nope.

So you need a potential one-week replacement. Brutal right? In terms of maddening randomness, tight ends are a half-step up from kickers and Al Pacino performances. Anyone consistently good is owned. You’re basically chasing a touchdown, or the possibility of five targets. Here are the lightly owned Week 14 candidates I’d try, in order:

Trey Burton, Eagles

This presupposes that Zach Ertz misses Sunday’s game against the Rams; Ertz left Week 13 with a concussion and hasn’t practiced yet this week. Urban Meyer recruited Burton to Florida to be a spread-option quarterback – he was going to be Meyer’s next Tim Tebow – but Meyer left and the team adopted a drop-back offense and Burton became a running back, Wildcat quarterback, fullback (he had 11 rushing TDs as a freshman), tight end and slot receiver. He’s undersized by NFL tight end standards (6-foot-2, 224 pounds) but he’s fast. He’s scored a couple times this year, he had a seven-catch game in 2016, and most importantly, unlike the other candidates on this list, he’s got a very good quarterback helming a very good offense.

David Njoku, Browns

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Source:: The Denver Post

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