Rob Gronkowski has a chest injury, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Monday, and that’s bad news for fantasy football owners who depend on the New England Patriots tight end.
His injury also comes at a bad time for fantasy owners because the playoffs in most leagues start soon — some as early as Week 12.
Here are five tight ends for fantasy owners to target in the wake of Gronkowski’s injury.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brate has scored a touchdown in each of the last three games, while hauling in an average of five receptions during that span. He also has a favorable matchup Thursday night against a New Orleans Saints defense that allows the third-most yards per pass attempt.
Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers
Green made his season debut Sunday and caught three passes for 30 yards on four targets. He also has a good Week 11 matchup versus a Cleveland Browns defense allowing the most yards per pass attempt and the most passing touchdowns overall.
Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed’s return from an injury hasn’t slowed down Davis, who hauled in three receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown against a very good Minnesota Vikings defense on Sunday. Davis has tallied 50 or more receiving yards in three straight games, and he’s also developed a good rapport with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers
McDonald has back-to-back games of at least three receptions and 50 or more receiving yards, which isn’t bad production in PPR leagues. He’ll play a New England Patriots defense in Week 11 that’s been exposed all season and struggled mightily in coverage against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Doyle has become a trusted target of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. He caught five passes on nine targets for 61 yards in Week 9 and has a decent matchup against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11.
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