Fantasy Football: Week 12 Tight End Free Agents — Replacing Rob Gronkowski

With about four minutes left in New England’s Week 11 win over Indianapolis, tight end Rob Gronkowski was still in the game, blocking on the extra point that extended the Patriots’ lead to 59-24. Gronkowski had had another great game, catching seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, giving him seven TD in four games and 10 for the season.  But Gronkowski won’t be adding to those totals for awhile, because on that extra point, he broke his forearm.

Gronkowski has almost 100 yards more than any other tight end and the Saints’ Jimmy Graham is the only other tight end with more than six touchdowns.  Gronkowski fantasy football owners won’t be able to replace his production, so they might as well gamble that someone on the waiver wire is about to go on a hot streak. Here are a few possibilities.

Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

In his first three seasons, Myers had a combined total of 32 catches for 250 yards and no touchdowns. But Myers has broken out in his fourth season. Through Week 11, Myers had 50 catches for 554 yards, placing him fifth in each category.  Myers only had three touchdowns, but they have all come in the last three weeks. The Raiders’ passing attack has heated up lately, with quarterback Carson Palmer throwing ten touchdown passes in his last four games.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

Finley was a popular preseason choice after achieving career bests in 2011 with eight touchdowns and 767 yards.  But Finley has struggled in 2012 and some owners may have given up on him. Going into Week 11, Finley had not gone over 31 yards since Week 4 and had not scored since Week 1.

In Week 11 against Detroit, Finley finally scored again and had a season-best 66 yards on three catches.  Finley gets to face Tennessee in championship Week 16 and also faces the Giants in Week 12 and the Lions again in Week 14.

Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Clark is now 33 and his last big season was in 2009. Through Week 11, he had just 27 catches for 255 yards and three touchdowns. But going into Week 12, he had scored in two straight games and his quarterback, Josh Freeman, had 16 touchdown passes in six games.  In Week 11 against Carolina, Clark was targeted 11 times, finishing with seven catches for 58 yards and the game-winning touchdown in overtime.  Clark gets to face New Orleans in Week 15.

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