Rob Gronkowski Fantasy News

Rob Gronkowski (ACL) on track in his recovery
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:09pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski visited Dr. James Andrews this week. He's right where he should be. Will start jogging soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. He was injured on Dec. 8, and we’re not sure why he waited a month to have the surgery. Regardless, it typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a major risk in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

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Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL) to have surgery Thursday
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12:34pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will have surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL this Thursday by Dr. James Andrews, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Hmm, we assumed that the surgery had already occurred. No reason has been given for the delay, but obviously his recovery hasn't started yet. There was a report that said he was expected to be ready for the start of the season, but that's looking very iffy at this point.

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Report: Gronk could be ready for start of 2014
Monday, December 16, 2013, 8:54pm

patspulpit.com - [Full Article]

Some positive news on the injury front. NFL Network's, and former Boston Globe leading man, Albert Breer is reporting that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL/MCL but not a dislocated knee.

The expected time frame for Gronk is to have surgery in two weeks once the swelling has gone down. Breer also states that the expectation is that Gronk will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

Fantasy Impact:

The piece points out that had the knee been dislocated, Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team doctor, says that surgery could have been postponed even further and that the surgery could have possibly needed two stages to complete. Instead, the recovery timeline is moved forward and the number of immediate surgeries is reduced.

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Vereen, Amendola 'pivotal' in replacing Gronk
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 10:36am

ESPN Boston - [Full Article]

During the six weeks that the Patriots played without Rob Gronkowski previously, running back Shane Vereen missed five and wide receiver Danny Amendola missed three of them.

Vereen has proven to be among the most important players on the Patriots offense, averaging eight catches per game, second most in the NFL. His soft hands and open-field running make him the ideal fit to line up on Brady's hip when the Patriots turn to their up-tempo, often shotgun approach.

Amendola, meanwhile, has had sufficient production this season, but not necessarily in line with what many expected after a standout preseason that drew comparisons to the receiver he's helped to replace, Wes Welker.

As the stakes raise and the postseason draws nearer, both Amendola and Vereen will be pivotal in the attempt to ensure that this version of the offense without Gronk surpasses the one witnessed earlier this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Amendola was knocked out of Week 6 with a head injury, but caught 10 passes for 104 yards in Week 1 and another four catches for 55 yards in Week 5 with Gronkowski sidelined. He's been fairly quiet of late, but that will change if he starts to see double-digit targets.