Why fantasy owners should have taken Rob Gronkowski No. 1

One hour into the 2015 NFL season, the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is leaving all other NFL tight ends in the dust. For fantasy purposes, he might be leaving everyone in the dust.

Gronkowski posted two first-half touchdowns to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers, making a lot of fantasy owners who used a first-round pick on a tight end feel pretty good about themselves. He boosted his TD total to three after he grabbed a 1-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter after he recovered a fumble on the drive.

It will be interesting to see how much this dominant start boosts Gronkowski’s price in daily fantasy leagues. An argument could be made that he is as valuable as any individual player since he’s essentially in a 1-person tier at the top of his position group.

Gronkowski could threaten his own absurd total of 17 touchdowns from the 2011 season.

Here is how the night went for Gronkowski according to our fantasy colleagues: Gronkowski’s fantasy draft slot was a big topic of discussion all summer, as his ADP was 12.7 and he was selected in the first round in plenty of leagues. It’s not common for a tight end to be considered that early, but Gronkowski served those who snagged him early quite well in the season opener. His third career game with three touchdown catches netted him 27 standard fantasy points, the third-highest single-game total of his career. His only better outings came in Week 8 of 2014 when he scored 32 fantasy points against the Bears and Week 14 of 2011 when he put up 28 fantasy points against the Redskins.