NFL fantasy: Rob Gronkowski could miss season opener

Gronk dealing with infection: The trials and travails of Rob Gronkowski’s injured arm seem to keep getting worse and worse. Late last month, Gronk confirmed that he had a third surgery on the broken left forearm to clear up an infection. However, that infection has persisted and it’s left the tight end and people close to him exploring all possible options. One of those options could be another surgery, but that would put his availability for Week 1 in jeopardy. Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says that no surgery has been scheduled and any talk of the tight end missing time is premature. For now, Gronkowski is still fantasy’s top tight end and certain to come off the board before the end of the second round in most leagues, but as this drags out, Aaron Hernandez and Danny Amendola become more and more valuable.

RG3 working hard to return: Another day, another Robert Griffin III update. While Mike Shanahan insists that the team won’t put the quarterback onto the field “until he’s 100 percent“, the Redskins head coach concedes that Griffin could set records with how quickly he returns from major knee surgery. No matter what the reports are from RG3’s rehab, the advice remains the same — wait and see … and project him somewhere between the fourth and sixth rounds.

McFadden excited about scheme change: Last season was another in the frustrating fantasy career belonging to Darren McFadden. Working in a zone blocking scheme held him to just a 3.27 yards per carry average. But head coach Dennis Allen shuffled the deck with his assistant coaches and plans to switch things up to play to Run DMC’s strengths — which has the running back excited. While we’re interested in seeing how this plays out,we’d feel a lot better if the Raiders could guarantee that he’d play a full season. McFadden has never played more than 13 games in a season and his durability (more than a lack of production) has made him the fantasy liability that he is.

— Marcas Grant
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