Why would I trade Gronk?

Yesterday, I told you about two trades that I made – receiving David Johnson for Christian McCaffrey and LeSean McCoy for Chris Hogan. I warned you might be calling for the men in the white coats to come and get me on the second one.

Well, now you’re going to make that call and get a reservation for me on the funny farm. I traded away the top tight end in the NFL. You got that right. Rob Gronkowski will still be on the Patriots on Sunday, but he won’t be on my fantasy team.

I know what you’re wondering. Doubting Thomas has lost his mind. Did Doubting Thomas doubt the great Gronk? The answer is no, but I took a hard look at my team yesterday after the aforementioned trades and felt I was holding a losing hand.

The most valuable player on a fantasy team is a top 10 running back. I had acquired David Johnson, and now I needed another one. This is no small order. The only way that I was going to land another stud was to trade Gronk – a big price to pay.

Gronk is 29 years old. The future Hall of Famer is in his ninth season with the Patriots, and he’s got a lot of miles on him. Gronk hasn’t played in all 16 games since the 2011 season. Last year, he missed two games, and he missed eight in 2016.

Yesterday, Gronk got the “Q” treatment. He was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. The injury designation was removed today, but it makes me nervous because losing Gronk would put a nail in my fantasy team coffin.

So, I made the decision to trade my best player, along with two others. The key player for me in the deal was Jordan Howard. The Bears’ bell-cow running back is 23 years old, and I think he’s just about to hit stride. Of course, I could be wrong.

Tomorrow: Anatomy of a blockbuster trade.

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