Gronk is looking to make another return this season when a bad back took him out again a few weeks ago after a rib injury. At this point of the season, don't expect the Bucs to rush him if he's not completely ready to go, and despite a couple of unexpected losses in a row. If Gronk can't go, Brate and Howard could eat up those targets but they haven't been fantasy trust-worthy as of late. We'll know when the inactives come out later before kickoff.
TB TE Rob Gronkowski - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at New York Jets
Rob Gronkowski didn't do a whole lot last week, finishing with 23 yards on just one catch with two targets. One would think that with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined that Gronk would succeed, but instead, he's had his two worst games of the season in the last two weeks (not counting a game he left early due to injury). While he hasn't been great the last two games, we'd expect him to bounce back this week in a favorable matchup vs. the Jets. The Jets have given up the 9th-most average fantasy points to tight ends this year. And Gronk did see 11 targets just two games ago. He's in a weird slump, but he should still be viewed as a top-five option at tight end this week.