PERCY HARVIN, SEA, WR
UPDATE: Harvin has tweeted that he will require surgery and will be out for the season. We’ll take his word for it and as such, have taken him off our draft board..
Harvin has a partially torn labrum and is being examined today, July 30th. Nothing is official, but be aware that there is the possibility of a significant injury. Although, the Seahawks believe that he will avoid surgery and be ready for Week 1. We’ve yet to lower Harvin’s projections as we originally had him at 75/1,050/75.
JAKE BALLARD, NE, TE
According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Ballard has looked stiff and is not a lock to make the 53-man roster. Make sure to move Ballard down on your cheatsheets. We’ve lowered our projections for Ballard to 20/225/1
ROB GRONKOWSKI, NE, TE
You may want to think twice before making Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, especially at his current ADP of 20.04 (courtesy of MFL), the second tight end selected. You can still remain part of the Gronktourage, just don’t let it cloud your judgment come draft day.
When it comes to early picks in your fantasy draft we believe it’s better to be safe than sorry, hence, the early warning on Rob Gronkowski.
Rumors continue to swirl that Gronkowski has been suffering from ‘chronic back pain.’ Although this injury appears to be different than the back injury Gronkowski suffered in college costing him his junior season, we at Fantasy Sharks are not comfortable ranking Gronkowski as an elite, early-round tight end at this time.
Despite missing the entire 2009 college season due to back surgery, Gronkowski decided to go Pro and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 2010 NFL Draft.
We’ve lowered Gronkowski’s
2013 projections to 60/750/6, which is still good enough to keep Gronkowski in our top-10 tight ends.
You need to remember that along with Aaron Hernandez at tight end, the Patriots have Jake Ballard. Ballard was picked up off of waivers by the Patriots prior to the 2012 season in what seemed like a strange move at the time, but now appears to have been a stroke of genius.
Ballard suffered an ACL tear back in February of 2012, but is now fully recovered and is participating in Patriots’ OTAs. Back in 2011, while with the New York Giants, Ballard has 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Those 38 receptions went for a whopping 15.9 yards each, a number that neither Gronkowski nor Aaron Hernandez have been able to achieve in their careers.
The bottom line here is that there is too much uncertainty and risk in Gronkowski to be drafting him at his current ADP. But keep checking back with Fantasy Sharks as we’ll be keeping tabs on this situation and will let you know when it’s safe to move Gronkowski back up your cheatsheets, or further down.
Jim Bukowski is the Content Manager and a fantasy writer for FantasySharks.com and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He can be reached at