Rob Gronkowski says he will play Sunday vs. Dolphins

With the New England Patriots, it's not too often that we get early clarity about the status of players dealing with injuries so it's nice to get an early update on tight end Rob Gronkowski's (ACL) availability for Week 1.

Even though it appeared likely Gronk would be ready for the opener against the Dolphins, he has confirmed today that he's "ready to go" and will play on Sunday.

In any game in which he's active, he's an obvious must-start even if the Patriots limit his snaps in order to ease him back in.

With more surgeries over the past two years than I can count on one hand, Gronkowski still carries some durability risk for fantasy owners. Because of that, I have Gronk ranked second to Jimmy Graham in my fantasy football tight end rankings.

That said, I expect him to score more fantasy points per outing than any other tight end.

Playing only seven games last season, Gronk averaged a position-high 84.6 yards per game and 15.2 yards per reception, both of which were career highs. More importantly, Gronk has scored a total of 43 touchdowns — 42 receiving and one "rushing" — over 50 career games.

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