Rob Gronkowski Fantasy News

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 13. Bennett should play, but he’s pretty beat up. With Rob Gronkowski out, he should post TE1 numbers, but hasn’t had a consistent role with Gronkowski sidelined.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. Gronkowski is set to undergo back surgery, so he’s done for the regular season. Martellus Bennett moves into TE1 territory for the remainder of the year.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Bennett is a rest-of-season TE1 with Rob Gronkowski sidelined after back surgery.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) missed practice again Thursday. Gronkowski is set to undergo back surgery, so he’s done for the regular season. Martellus Bennett moves into TE1 territory for the remainder of the year.

Gronk to have back surgery, fantasy season over

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 1:46pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery. Injury is worse than anticipated. It’s happening tomorrow.

Related: Tom Brady, Martellus Bennett

Fantasy Impact:

Vic Carucci reported this first, and it was confirmed by Rapoport. Carucci said Gronk is expected to miss 8 weeks, which finishes his fantasy season, but leaves the door open for a possible late playoffs or Super Bowl return. Martellus Bennett is the obvious beneficiary, but he's dealing with ankle and shoulder injuries of his own. Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcom Mitchell and the pass-catching running backs will all try to pick up the slack.

Losing his top target is a big hit for Tom Brady, but Brady is averaging 23.7 fantasy points in two games without Gronk this season (vs NYJ and SF), on par with his numbers with Gronk.

Pats TE Rob Gronkowski (back) won't return in Week 12

Sunday, November 27, 2016, 6:47pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Patriots will be without their top offensive target for the remainder of the evening.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski went to the locker room late in the first quarter against the Jets with a back injury. He was ruled out in the third quarter.

Gronk finished with no catches on two deep targets.

Fantasy Impact:

Heading into Sunday's contest, Gronk was among many Patriots listed as questionable to play. The tight end suffered a perforated lung against the Seahawks in Week 10 and missed Week 11. Now there's likely more frustration for owners heading into Week 13. The good news is New England plays in a 1 p.m. home game against the Rams so owners will have time to adjust their lineups based on Gronk's status.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski ACTIVE vs. Jets

Sunday, November 27, 2016, 3:07pm

Patriots Inactives
Justin Coleman CB
D.J. Foster RB
Woodrow Hamilton DT
Cyrus Jones CB
Matt Lengel TE
Matthew Slater WR
LaAdrian Waddle T

Related players: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski

Fantasy Impact:

Both Brady and Gronkowski will play against the Jets despite being questionable coming into this contest. Brady is battling a knee issue so the Pats could run a bit more but Brady is still worth a start in lineups and will be helped by the return of Gronk.

Pats QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski make trip to New York

Saturday, November 26, 2016, 8:47pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In a sign of his progress after a chest injury, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has joined his teammates for the trip to face the New York Jets on Sunday.

Earlier this week, ESPN's Dianna Russini reported Gronkowski was not expected to play against the Jets. On Saturday, Russini reported Gronkowski "made a lot of progress in the last 24-48 hours" and cited two sources who referred to him as a "true game-time decision."

And not that there was any doubt, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a picture on Facebook that he is making the trip.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski had been a limited participant in practice all week and is officially listed as questionable. Reporters saw him wearing a red noncontact jersey at the end of Friday's practice.

Gronkowski sustained the chest injury in a 31-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13. He missed the next week of practice and didn't make the trip last weekend to San Francisco.

Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 12. It looks like Bennett just got a day off on Thursday. It looks like he’ll play on Sunday, and if Rob Gronkowski is out, he should have a productive day against the Jets despite a poor Week 11 fantasy line.

Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (chest, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. An early-week report (per ESPN’s Dianna Russini) said that Gronkowski is not expected to play in Week 12, but his return to practice should give his owners hope. Martellus Bennett was a dud in a prime spot against the 49ers last week, but if Gronk sits, he'll be starter-worthy again this week against a Jets team that is #26 in TE aFPA. The Patriots play in the late round of games, but it is a road game so we should have some inkling of whether or not Gronk will play since injured players don’t typically travel with the team.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bennett should be fine to play. We’re expecting a bounce back game if Rob Gronkowski sits again.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (chest) took limited practice reps Wednesday. An earlier report (per ESPN’s Dianna Russini) said that Gronkowski is not expected to play in Week 12, but his return to practice should give his owners hope. Martellus Bennett was a dud in a prime spot against the 49ers last week, but if Gronk sits, he'll be starter-worthy again this week against a Jets team that is #26 in TE aFPA. The Patriots play in the late round of games, but it is a road game so we should have some inkling of whether or not Gronk will play since injured players don’t typically travel with the team.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (lung) returns to practice

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 1:40pm

Jeff Howe - [Full Article]

Per Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe, TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

An earlier report from Dianna Russini stated that Gronkowski wasn't going to play in Week 12, so we don't know what to believe. The Patriots play in the late round of games (of course), but it is a road game, so if Gronkowski is listed as questionable, we should have some inkling if he'll play based on whether or not he travels with the team this weekend.

Source: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (lung) not expected to play in Week 12

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 10:56am

Dianna Russini - [Full Article]

Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play this Sunday against the Jets. The Patriots staff is prepping the offense without him per sources.

Related players: Martellus Bennett

Fantasy Impact:

Martellus Bennett was a dud in a prime spot against the 49ers last week, but he'll be starter-worthy again this week against a Jets team that is #26 in TE aFPA.

Pats RB Dion Lewis ACTIVE vs. 49ers

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:09pm

Patriots Inactives
Justin Coleman CB
D.J. Foster RB
Rob Gronkowski TE
Woodrow Hamilton DT
Chris Hogan WR
Jabaal Sheard DE
LaAdrian Waddle T

Related players: Dion Lewis

Fantasy Impact:

Lewis will play this week but is a bit of a risky fantasy start. He's likely to be eased back in. Of course, Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan were already ruled out.

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