A New England brewery recently took a shot at the iconic duo that has moved on from snow covered fields in Foxborough to sand covered beaches on the gulf side of Florida. Brewing up a batch of “traitorade” which features a label mimicking the old Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo has been said to imitate the feeling of getting old and retiring in Florida. The Florida key lime mixed with sea salt combines to form a very tasty sour, ultimately created to throw shade on Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. With all the shade cast down on these two whether its from local breweries, fans, or even other players around the league, nothing seems to be slowing them down from enjoying the sun filled city by the bay.
Gronk may have been working on his beach body during the short-lived retirement when he dropped 20 pounds since saying goodbye. He is now focusing on getting back to a healthy “football weight” this off season as he preps for a comeback this year. Gronk entered the league in 2010 and kicked things off with a bang his first three seasons with the Patriots posting back to back to back top five finishes at the tight end position. From the two thirds mark of his third season in the league Gronk hasn’t played a 16-game season the rest of his nine-year career. He has endured a barrage of physical punishment in his years with the Patriots, with back, knee, ankle and arm injuries contributing to his decision to step away following the victory over the Los Angeles
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Rams in the Super Bowl. Drafting a young talented first-round tackle in Tristan Wirfs should ease the demands and lessen the contact while blocking as a tight end. Can the 31-year-old stay healthy and play a full 16 game schedule? Did the year off help heal some lingering heath concerns? As a fantasy owner you sure hope so but only when he steps out on the field will the true impact of a year to heal become clear.
I created the chart below to emphasize the connection Brady and Gronkowski had together. It’s not a coincidence when one saw success so did the other. Since 2010 Tom Brady has thrown for 292 regular season touchdowns, 78 of which were caught by his favorite target. That’s a 27% clip or better than one out of every four touchdowns that have resulted in the 12 to 87 connection. (12 out of 43 additional playoff scores) Clearly Brady gravitates towards Gronkowski and finds great success in doing so. These numbers land the two fifth on the list of most prolific touchdown combinations in NFL history, according to ESPN's Stats & Information Group.
Tom Brady moves on to Tampa Bay where he may have the best receiving corps, he has ever had in his Hall of Fame career. Just imagine the fantasy ceiling that offense could have if the coaching staff deploys 12 personnel; Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Ronald Jones/KeShawn Vaughn, Rob Gronkowski, and O.J. Howard! This division is already known for its high-powered offenses and weak team defenses and I want all sorts of player combinations stemming from Tampa.
The once again teammates will join a Buccaneers team already stocked with offensive talent with coach Bruce Arians at the helm. In Arians first season as the Tampa Bay head coach he finished as the third-best offense in the league, with an erratic Jameis Winston under center. Winston has moved on to the division rival New Orleans Saints as a backup, while all of the talent around him stays in Florida. Frustrated by the lack of offensive weapons in New England last season, Brady will now throw to a top tier of offensive production.
Current Superflex ADP according to dynasty league football in June has Brady (74) and Gronkowski (156) looking like the perfect under the radar stack for your roster! If history repeats itself like it has every year the two have played together than you have the perfect opportunity to load up on top tier talent in the front of your drafts and get what should be the best value this year in rounds 7 and 15 respectively.
Sure, the pair are past their prime age for dynasty purposes looking towards future years, but at this value I have more than enough confidence in you all to reap the ADP benefits and replace them in the offseason. A good dynasty owner can win now, and plan to compete in the future at the same time. Here is your opportunity to put a beating on your league without them even knowing what hit them.
Oh, lets not forget that Super Bowl LV will be held in Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida...