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Gronkowski Meets With Belichick; TE Confirms He Will Play In 2018
And there we have it. ... Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram that he met with Bill Belichick to tell him he's in for 2018.

"I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats,” the star tight end posted on his verified account. “I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.”

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Gronkowski and his agent Drew Rosenhaus did indeed meet today with Belichick, and told him that Gronkowski is playing this season for the Patriots.

"It was very positive and Rob is committed," Rosenhaus said.

And with that, we should have the end of most of the Gronk-related drama this offseason. Adding to the positive vibe, any questions about Tom Brady's return (and there shouldn't have been any), seemed to go by the wayside as well when his agent, Don Yee, also confirmed the QB plans to play in 2018 (and beyond).

All this is obviously good news.

Drama creates uncertainty and that's not easy for fantasy owners to deal with -- especially when it comes to a player like Gronk, a guy who already has injury history working against him.

But now that the questions about his return are over, we can focus on what's not working against Gronkowski.

Even with the injuries, he still leads all tight ends in receiving yardage and touchdown receptions since 2014.

Let's take that a step further.

According to ESPN's Mike Clay, Gronkowski has missed 26 of 96 regular-season games over the past six seasons, including at least one each season. That's slightly more than one in four.

That's not good.

Nonetheless, Gronk sits second among tight ends in fantasy points and he has four top-five seasons in the span.

Given all that, I'll remind you: Whether you're playing season-long or DFS, winning the week to week battles at each position is important. And Gronk gives you a legitimate chance to win that battle at tight end every week he's on the field.

So work around the possible injuries. Find a value play with upside as your TE2 and be ready to work the waiver wire if need be.