One of the most common comments/compliments commented commonly to me is our reader’s love of the player comments in our rankings. I appreciate people taking notice because I think they are very often more helpful than the ranking itself. They do have a rather pesky length limitation, though. It was with that in mind that Mr. Dan Sainio and I set out to craft expanded comments for the top-10 quarterbacks and tight ends and top-20 running backs and wide receivers from our February startup ADP.
We each pitched in about 100 words per player to give you two different viewpoints. No notes were compared, so while some comments may be similar, there are plenty of differences as well. This series will be stretched out over six parts, with each pushing into the 2,000 word territory. While longer than most articles released here, we think the short, consumable, blurbish nature of the format will make it pretty easy to digest while still being very informational.
TE1 – Rob Gronkowski (ADP 21)
Jeff: There is zero question who belongs in this spot. The bigger discussion revolves around the 21st overall thing. In June of 2015, Gronk was the number three player in all of dynasty ADP. By June of last year, he slid to tenth. Here we are less than a year later and he sits at 21. Still only 27-years-old, this is all about the injuries, which is weird, because we knew that was a thing when he was third and tenth. For my money, Gronk is a steal at his current price. By the time the season rolls around and he is hanging fat numbers, the rest of the world will agree.
Dan: Gronk is still likely to be the obvious choice as TE1 for most, but I believe it’s significantly closer than ADP leads us to believe. While he is finally sliding into a range where I’m slightly more comfortable taking him (I still wouldn’t), there’s a lot of risk incorporated with arguably the best TE to ever play the game. Gronk hasn’t played a healthy season since his sophomore season, which was coincidentally his best year. He has played 16 games just two times, and they were his first two seasons in the NFL. While he is still a fantasy superstar when he’s on the field, his price is far too high to consider knowing he isn’t going to play a full season. He’s like your favorite pair of underwear that you’ve had for 15 years but are literally hanging on by a thread. Then, one day, you sit down wrong and poof, they’re destroyed.
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