Daily Fantasy Stock Report: Rob Gronkowski says he’s not 100 percent, status uncertain for Week 1

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“Yeah, it boils to a coaching decision, the medical team, and myself. We’ll all get together and collaborate and see where I’m at,” Gronkowski said Thursday. Gronkowski has been a limited participant in practice this week and when asked if he was 100 percent, he answered, “No, I’m not. Since that one time during practices versus the Bears [Aug. 15], I’ve just been week to week with a little hammy thing. So it’s just been week to week, day by day, but I’m feeling good.”

Rob Gronkowski, via Mike Reiss, ESPN

First of all, when the hell has a Patriots player ever declared himself less than 100-percent to the media!? All jokes aside, this news does not bode well for the star tight end and the rest of the Patriots offense — especially Jimmy Garoppolo. Based on the video of the interview, I’m pretty pessimistic of Gronk playing on Sunday night, which would send a ripple effect throughout the fantasy world. With the game being played on Sunday night, and knowing how the Patriots operate, they’ll wait until the very last moment to rule Gronkowski out — which would severely screw-up a great deal of lineups. If you own Gronk but not Martellus Bennett, you might want to add Steelers TE Jesse James, 49ers TE Vance McDonald or even Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (yikes) — who all play Sunday night or Monday night. Get healthy Rob, your fantasy owners need you.

The worst backfield in fantasy football (and in real life) got their original starter back. Both backup RBs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson performed admirably in the preseason while Matt Jones was out, but it looks like we have ourselves a possible three-headed timeshare on the horizon. For Week 1, Jones can be a solid low-end RB2 or Flex play in standard leagues; however, I wouldn’t invest in this player for the future.

Quick Hits:

  • Kelvin Benjamin looked good in his first game action in over a year. Benjamin had 6 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos.
  • CJ Anderson balled on Thursday night and solidified himself as a valuable starting fantasy RB. Anderson rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown against one of the top defenses in the league.
  • Steelers WR Markus Wheaton sat out of practice (shoulder) on Thursday. He should be available for Week 1, though.
  • Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham have been “lights out.” The only issue is that Graham might not be game-ready for their match-up with the ‘Fins.
  • 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is no longer listed on the injury report (concussion)
  • Redskins WR Josh Doctson was ‘limited’ on the injury report (Achilles)

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