Rob Gronkowski Fantasy News

Patriots using more multiple TE formations

Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

As Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's playing time has increased upon his return from a torn right ACL, the Patriots have trended more toward multiple-tight-end groupings, which makes sense. Specifically, the Patriots seem to have found something that works for them -- going empty with the 2-WR/2-TE/1-RB grouping with Gronkowski and Tim Wright at tight end, which in a lot of ways could be viewed as a 3-WR package of sorts because of Wright's presence as more of a pass-catching tight end.

With a lower percentage of three-receiver packages, it has reduced the playing-time totals for pure slot receiver Danny Amendola. But as we saw Thursday, he's still contributing in that niche role (as well as a kickoff returner).

One could also draw the conclusion that inconsistent play along the offensive line has contributed to fewer three-receiver packages. By playing with a second or third tight end instead of a second or third receiver, the Patriots are devoting more resources to the line of scrimmage. Everything starts up front.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say that every offense needs something to hang its hat on and perhaps the Pats found it. Gronk's health has been key to this and multiple TE sets are allowing QB Tom Brady to takes shots down field while at the same time bolstering things up front. The Pats are used multiple TEs 57-percent of the time this season.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Brady only managed 413 passing yards and one touchdown in two meetings with the Jets last season. The good news is that Rob Gronkowski only played in one of those games.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:58pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Returning from reconstructive knee surgery, Pats TE Rob Gronkowski wasn't running a full route tree, couldn't separate from coverage and failed to make defenders miss after the catch.

We started to see signs that Gronk was recapturing pre-injury form when he racked up 100 yards on six receptions in a tight-end centric offense versus the Bengals in Week 5.

After the two-time All-Pro selection caught seven more passes for 94 yards -- including a go route down the right sideline -- in Sunday's victory at Buffalo, Tom Brady was convinced his difference-making go-to target was back.

"Oh yeah, he's back," Brady said after Sunday's game, via ESPN.com. "Absolutely."

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to point out that the last few weeks Gronkowski ran intermediate and deep routes, made sharp cuts, forced missed tackles and absorbed crushing hits. In short, he looked like the player who led the league in red-zone touchdowns, quarterback-to-receiver completion percentage and yards after catch over his first three NFL seasons. Hopefully for owners, you stuck with him through a slow start and limited snaps that was expected as he went through recovery. Gronkowski's matchups for the rest of the season look pretty favorable with currently no top-10 defenses against TEs.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:13am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

In four games, opposing tight ends have caught 33 passes for 395 yards against the Benngals. Last week against the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright victimized the Bengals’ defense for 185 yards on 11 catches and two touchdowns.

The Panthers don’t just have Greg Olsen. Ed Dickson, who signed with Carolina this offseason from Baltimore, recorded his first catches of the season last week against the Bears.

Dickson has worked on his chemistry with quarterback Cam Newton this season, and Newton seems more comfortable throwing the ball to Dickson as the Panthers offense evolves.

Fantasy Impact:

The writer believes Panther TEs could be key against the Bengals again this week and that's good news for Olsen and his owners. Olsen is officially listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but all indications are he's going to play. However, it's something to keep an eye on leading up to the game.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:53am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Pats TE Tim Wright doesn’t have to be the next Aaron Hernandez.

But if Wright can keep the good times going after last Sunday’s breakout game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots will once again have a tight end tandem to remind everyone of the way it used to be.

Rob Gronkowski was surprisingly electric against the Bengals, busting out with six receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown, and he made his greatest strides from a physical standpoint. If Gronkowski and Wright can continue to play off one another, quarterback Tom Brady’s offense will have an element it had lost in the season’s opening month.

The trend should continue against the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed the seventh-most tight end catches per game (5.6) this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright caught three passes on seam routes up the left side — a 30-yarder, a 17-yard touchdown while absorbing a hard shot, and a 25-yarder when Brady looked for Wright after diagnosing a flaw in the linebackers’ coverage scheme, the story said. Because Brady hasn’t gotten consistent production from anyone other than Gronkowski and Julian Edelman this season, Wright’s ability to take a hit to score will help the cause in the future. Wright is worth an add if you're struggling at the position but this is probably still a bit of a wait-and-see situation. While there seems to be no reason for the Pats to go away from two TEs and Wright, their game plan week-to-week always seems to be opponent-specific.

Pats find success in two-TE formations

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10:13am

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots didn’t consistently use both tight ends together, but the results were amazing when they did.

With Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright on the field, Tom Brady was 7-for-11 for 101 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots also ran the ball seven times for 70 yards, which includes a career-long 43-yard dash by Stevan Ridley. On that play, Gronkowski and Wright were stand-up tight ends on opposite sides of the line. Wright sealed the edge with a block on Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall that lasted juuuust long enough for Steven Ridley to turn the corner.

Fantasy Impact:

The Pats seemed like they went back to the good old days of two TE sets. With a Brady seemingly struggling to connect with his WRs, two TE formations were productive and may be something we see more of to keep the Pats offense rolling like it did vs. Cincy. The story pointed out that the stats on "GronkWright" saw them play together on 18 of the 82 snaps (21.9 percent), but those plays accounted for 33.8 percent of New England’s yardage.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 5. Gronkowski was “full” all week for the first time this season. The Patriots may be ready to unleash him on the Bengals in an important game after the thrashing they took against the Chiefs in Week 4.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. This is the first week that Gronk has practiced fully and it may be a sign that the Patriots are ready to unleash him on the league.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski a full participant in practice for first time this season

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:48pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

The Patriots just released their practice report. The biggest news was seeing Rob Gronkowski as a full participant for the first time as he continues to get back to full strength from ACL surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a good sign that Gronkowski's practice activity is trending upward. He played a season high 62% of the snaps in Week 4, and with the Patriots struggling to move the ball, he may see an increased workload against the Bengals in Week 5.

Rob Gronkowski ACTIVE Monday night

Monday, September 29, 2014, 7:21pm

Patriots Inactives
Alfonzo Dennard CB
Jordan Devey G
Aaron Dobson WR
Josh Kline G
Zach Moore DE
Kenbrell Thompkins WR
Casey Walker DT

Fantasy Impact:

Interestingly, both WRs Dobson and Thompkins are inactive for Monday night, while TE Rob Gronkowski, as expected, is active.

Week 4 MNF Injury Report - Jamaal Charles probable

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 5:31pm

Patriots
No Status
Sealver Siliga DT

Probable
Michael Buchanan DE Ankle
Jamie Collins LB Thigh
Daniel Connolly G Foot
Alfonzo Dennard CB Shoulder
Rob Gronkowski TE Knee
Don Jones S Hamstring

Chiefs
Out
James Berry S Ankle
Joe McKnight RB Achilles

Probable
Vance Walker DE Shoulder
Jamaal Charles RB Ankle
Tamba Hali LB Ankle
Sean Smith CB Groin

Questionable
De'Anthony Thomas RB Hamstring

Fantasy Impact:

Charles is listed as probable which is a good indication he should be in the lineup Monday night. Given Andy Reid's history, Charles should step back into a normal workload with backup Knile Davis getting limited time. Charles was listed as limited in practice, but according to reports was a full go Saturday. On the Patriots side, Gronkowski remained limited in practice but is listed as probable and is expected to play. He's playing time has been gradually increasing since Week 1.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday. Gronk says he’s ready for a larger workload. He’s been serviceable so far, but his owners were expecting more when they drafted him in 2nd or 3rd round.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday. Gronk says he’s ready for a bigger workload. We’ll see if Bill Belichick agrees.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski ready for bigger workload

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:35am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Rob Gronkowski is ready to be a full-time player again.

The New England Patriots have kept their dynamic tight end on something of a snap count as he's made his return from reconstructive knee surgery. Gronk has played in just 48.2 percent of the offensive snaps this season. He finally crossed over the 50 percent mark by playing 44 of 75 snaps in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders.

"I've been in about three games deep now," Gronkowski said, via the Boston Herald. "So basically, it's just progressing every week but it's getting to the point where we can start rolling more and more."

Fantasy Impact:

Gronk is in the top 10 in both standard and PPR formats and his value will only increase as he gets closer to becoming a full-time player.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:52pm

Providence Journal - [Full Article]

The play happened at 1:36 of the second quarter. It was simple, really. Rob Gronkowski lined up on the left side of the line, next to Michael Hoomanawanui. When the ball was snapped, Gronkowski ran a short slant route and caught Tom Brady’s pass at the 26-yard line.

What proceeded from there was Gronkowski looking like the All-Pro tight end of old.

As the 25-year-old stomped down the sideline, he gained an additional 13 yards after his catch. The last five of those yards were the most impressive. Gronkowski plowed over any defender in sight. It took four defensive players — Charles Woodson, Carlos Rodgers, Kaluka Maiava and Khalil Mack — to bring him down.

Coming back from knee surgery isn’t easy, and Gronkowski has shown plenty of rust during the first three weeks of the season. But against the Raiders, the tight end showed that he’s trending upward.

“I think that Rob has definitely made some plays for us, and we certainly think that will continue, and hope that will continue,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “We’ve tried to work him back into the game plan and to an overall level where he can contribute the most. I think each week, we’ve done a little bit more, and hopefully we can continue to do that. I think that anytime you’re talking about a player who is coming off of a situation like Gronk was, you just have to be smart and you do what you can do. I’ve been happy with the things that he’s done so far and hope to continue to add more as we go through the year.”

Fantasy Impact:

We reported Monday that Gronk's snaps were up in Week 3 from the previous two weeks, a pattern similar to last season when Gronk was coming back. He's still gets a high ranking every week on our TE list, and is worth starting due to his presence in the red zone, which seems to be part of his limited workload through the first three weeks. He seems to be trending up which is great news for owners.