Glass half full: Limited snaps for Gronk?

Gronkowski had 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns in seven games last season.

Matthew Emmons

Fantasy football’s most intriguing offseason question has been answered, as Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said Monday that he’ll be playing at Miami in Week 1. However, the team’s website reports that Gronkowski "conceded he probably wouldn’t be on the field for every snap," while the Boston Herald says that a limited number of snaps is "being prescribed" for the two-time All-Pro.

What does this mean for fantasy owners? A limited Gronk is still better than most tight ends, as he’ll be Tom Brady’s primary target whenever he’s on the field, and a force in the red zone. Let’s be optimistic and rank Gronk as fantasy’s No. 4 tight end this week, behind only Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron. Start him if you’ve got him.

In other news …

Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) was back at practice on Monday, but has not yet been cleared for contact. Welker’s status could drag out all week.

The Raiders will start rookie QB Derek Carr over veteran Matt Schaub in Week 1. Carr’s debut will come against the Jets, whose DST is owned in just 8.6 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. Please, for the love of the fantasy gods, grab the Jets’ DST and start them this week.

We probably don’t need to remind you that Thursday’s game is Packers-Seahawks, right? Set your lineups accordingly.

The Saints don’t yet have a kicker on their roster, but they will sometime on Tuesday.

Panthers QB Cam Newton is on track to play in Week 1, but will wear extra padding around his injured ribs.

Dolphins’ offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said Monday that he wants RB Lamar Miller to be more "decisive," and the Miami Herald says "it is clear Knowshon Moreno is Miami’s lead running back," with Miller set to start the season as a "change of pace" option. Don’t sell your shares in Miller just yet, as this could change.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is "hopeful" that he’ll be able to play in Week 1, and expects the injury to cause him pain during the season. Ouch.

Browns RB Ben Tate is "first in the pecking order to serve as the third-down running back," according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Head coach Mike Pettine said on the Browns’ website that Tate wouldn’t be the only back to play in that role, but did note that he’d be the leader. Sorry, Terrance West owners. Tate’s fantasy stock seems to be rising, huh?

Despite the Texans’ weekend acquisition of Ryan Mallett, Ryan Fitzpatrick is "locked in" as the team’s No. 1 quarterback for now, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Titans have signed PK Ryan Succop.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is "not ready to play" and doesn’t have a return timetable, according to head coach Tom Coughlin

Longtime Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin calls the Cowboys’ defense "the worst collection of talent by this franchise since 1960." The first opportunity to torch the Cowboys this season goes to the San Francisco 49ers. Start their players if you have them, except for maybe Carlos Hyde.

This blog will be updated every Tuesday and Friday morning during the season, and at other times if news warrants.

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