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September 28, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Will Gronk be a go this week?

After assuming that this would be the week which would see the return of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, it appears there is some uncertainty on that front.

According to a report from NBC Sports, the “outlook currently is not optimistic” for Gronkowski to play tomorrow night in Atlanta against the Falcons. Sports Illustrated reported that the Patriots are “not sold” that Gronkowski will be ready, either.

Gronkowski has been a limited participant practice this week and the Falcons have been reportedly preparing themselves under the assumption Gronkowski would play. The Patriots are notorious for being stingy with injury news, so more than likely this will go right down to game time. This is problematic since the Patriots-Falcons are the late game, so you may have to make your best judgment call earlier in the day prior to the 1 p.m. games.

For what it’s worth, Gronkowski is returning from a myriad of injuries and has been off the field for some time. It’s hard to envision him coming back and being a fantasy force in his first game. Despite how much Tom Brady will be relieved to have him back, I think the first game of the season for Gronkowski is one which you won’t kick yourself if you miss out on it. So unless you really have few other options, I would play it safe and keep Gronk on the bench.

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C.J. Spiller has yet to score a touchdown this season. He has been battling a thigh/quad injury. He is facing what has always been a tough go against the Ravens defense.

So it leads to a key question: how much should you expect from the running back taken, on average, with the No. 6 pick overall in Yahoo! leagues?

Spiller is listed as probable for the game, but it was clear last week against the Jets that he was not at 100 percent. He lacked the explosiveness he usually exhibits, and when facing the Ravens defense (even without stalwart Ray Lewis and Ed Reed) you need every tool in the box.

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