Tom Brady Fantasy Football
The New England Patriots have had a wrench thrown in their plans with the retirement of popular tight end Rob Gronkowski. For the last nine seasons, he has been terrifying defensive backs and giving defensive coordinators matchup nightmares (when he’s been healthy enough to play, that is).
We knew it was a possibility, but we hoped that he’d string us along for a few more years before actually calling it quits. But now that he is, there is one question that must be asked and answered.
How Will Gronk’s Retirement Impact Tom Brady’s Daily Fantasy Value?
At first glance, it may be easy to think it wouldn’t since Gronk played in 13 games last season and Tom Brady wasn’t a great daily fantasy QB. However, while he did play, he was often dealing with some aches and pains throughout the season.
But is there a relationship between how good of a fantasy quarterback Brady is and Rob Gronkowski’s production over the years? Brady ranked 14th among quarterbacks last year with 17.5 fantasy points a game with Gronk only accounting for 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.
2017: Brady—6th with 18.5 points/game; Gronk: 69 catches for 1084 yards and eight touchdowns (14 games)
2016: Brady—3rd with 21.5 points/game; Gronk: 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns (8 games)
2015: Brady—2nd with 21.5 points/game; Gronk: 72 catches for 1176 yards and 11 touchdowns (15 games)
2014: Brady—9th with 17.4 points/game; Gronk: 82 catches for 1124 yards and 12 touchdowns (15 games)
2013: Brady—18th with 15.7 points/game; Gronk: 39 catches for 592 yards and four touchdowns (7 games)
2012: Brady—3rd with 21.3 points/game; Gronk: 55 catches for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns (11 games)
2011: Brady—4th with 22.9 points/game; Gronk: 90 catches for 1327 yards and 17 touchdowns (16 games)
2010: Brady—3rd with 18.7 points/game; Gronk: 42 catches for 546 yards and ten touchdowns (16 games)
Will Brady Be A Viable Daily Fantasy QB Next Season?
Well, from the data, it looks like Brady has been among the league’s best when Gronk didn’t play much (or well) and when Gronk did produce. From that, we can surmise that Rob Gronkowski’s production or lack thereof has not had a significant impact on Tom Brady’s value as a daily fantasy quarterback.
That being said, unless the matchup is unbelievably good, it might not be a bad idea to wait a week or two before inserting him into your lineup.
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