Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the TE position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Gronk has been cleared by doctors and will not be placed on the active/PUP, meaning that he will start the season on the active roster. While this is great news and we've upped his projections accordingly, we still want to see him on the field as he's only 7 months or so removed from ACL/MCL surgery. While we've got Gronk as our No. 2 tight end overall, he's such a risk to miss time due to injury that we'd prefer to pass and look for better value later in the draft.
This place is pretty dead. Allow me to liven it up with some random photos.
Jules looking good. Happy Birthday.
This pic on twitter from a few days ago is hilarious ...
Can any NE homers tell me what the former genius Belichick is up to? They continue to release/cut players in the secondary, while Dowling is headed to the IR list. I realize they have the worst ranked pass defense in the league, but that doesn't ...
I'm over it. It's time for him to go. Will be trying this week to trade him for a wr on a bye week. I realize that Hernandez might start opening him up after the good game, but I just don't think that it will be enough. No Moss, no deep ...
Former 49ers and Lions head coach Steve Mariucci, who had a strong reputation for his work with quarterbacks, now serves as an analyst for NFL Network. He was asked today for his thoughts on what Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel might be worth in a ...
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2011 Draft Central
Average Draft Position (ADP) Tracker
Round 10, Pick 6
Positives Second year player has been the talk of camp, with beat reporters using terms such as "beast" "man among boys" "unguardable" and "All-Pro this year". Not too shabby. Oh, and he put up these numbers in the final 8 games of last year: 28/398 7TDs. Some guy named Brady likes him too. Negatives The Pats have 2 quality TEs, both of whom would compete as top 5-10 TEs, conservatively, if they had the bulk of the work. Based on camp and last season, I like Gronk to be the primary guy, but Hernandez is reportedly the better pure receiver of the two. Draft Strategy Time to draft a TE, with most of them gone. It is true, despite what some pundits who reach for a TE early show, that you can wait and wait on TE. Heck I almost passed (Miller, Cooley, Keller, and Cook are all still there) but at least one team between me and my next pick is also waiting, and I was worried he was seeing the same camp reports I was. (Contributed by: Pat_Smith)
Round 8, Pick 3
Positives Ah, the Gronk. According to the Boston Herald "Second-year TE Rob Gronkowski has reportedly been a "man among boys" so far at Patriots camp. "No one has come close to being able to guard him, or contain him," writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. "He's been an absolute beast." Gronkowski recently made Pats top cover linebacker Gary Guyton look "completely overmatched" in a practice session, and Rapoport says he'd "bet the farm" that Gronkowski makes All-Pro this year." This plus his strength of schedule is 6th best in the NFL for the upcoming year. Gronk had ten touchdowns in limited use last year, meaning he's the TE red-zone guy for New England. Negatives He's in a timeshare with Aaron Hernandez most of the time, though in the red zone I think Gronkowski gets more looks. You're not going to get huge yardage or touches, but the TD's might make up for it. Draft Strategy This was the reach I wish I didn't make. I think I could have gotten a better backup QB in this spot, but my team was overbalanced in the main departments and tight end was a glaring emptiness so far, so I went with my head rather than my gut. I'm happy I waited till the eighth round for a TE, but I might have waited a bit longer, and the committee situation in NE doesn't overly excite me post-draft. I'd have to make up for it with a backup non-committee TE later on. (Contributed by: datacore)