Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez ranked second in playing time this week among Patriots RB/WR/TEs, as he was part of almost every offensive package. He was utilized in the 4 WR/1 TE package in the two-minute offense, which was a new twist without Kevin Faulk. The 52 snaps were a season-high for Hernandez, who had played 29 against the Bengals and 38 against the Jets.
While Rob Gronkowski may steal some red zone looks, Hernandez is the TE you want. Hernandez is pushing to be a fantasy TE1 as his role continues to expand.