Patriots Fantasy News

Pats TE Rob Gronkowski (back) officially placed on IR

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6:22pm

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots have officially placed TE Rob Gronkowski on the injured reserve list, ending his 2016 season.

Gronkowski underwent back surgery Friday, and shared an Instagram video of the early stages of his rehab.

Related players: Martellus Bennett, Matt Lengel

Fantasy Impact:

This is the third time in the past five years that Gronkowski's season has ended on injured reserve. The Patriots now proceed forward with Martellus Bennett and Matt Lengel at tight end.

Pats Beat: Team to use more 3-WR sets

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots' Super Bowl hopes have taken a major hit with the news that tight end Rob Gronkowski is set to undergo back surgery on Friday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Multiple-tight end packages will decline: When Gronkowski and fellow tight end Martellus Bennett were both healthy, the Patriots were primarily a two-tight end offense. Consider that entering their Nov. 20 game at San Francisco (in which Gronkowski did not play), the Patriots had run 245 plays with two or more tight ends on the field, which was the second-highest total in the NFL. At that point, Patriots' tight ends led NFL tight ends in receiving yards (1,044) and were tied for second in receiving touchdowns (seven). The Patriots won't stay with that approach without Gronkowski, as the next tight end on the depth chart is Matt Lengel, who has played in one career game. Lengel is more of a blocker, and part of the reason the Patriots leaned so heavily on the two-tight end package with Gronkowski and Bennett is the dual threat they provided -- both are strong blockers and also have receiver-like skills. So this takes away a big part of the way the Patriots like to dictate matchups.

Related players: Malcolm Mitchell, Danny Amendola

Fantasy Impact:

Third receiver becomes a bigger factor, the story said. With the Patriots almost certainly going away from the two-tight end package, this shines a spotlight on the team's third and fourth receivers -- rookie Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 13. Brady should continue to play through the knee injury.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 13. Edelman should continue to play through the injury.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (back, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. Hogan played 92% of the snaps last week, so he should be fine to face the Rams on Sunday.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Patriots WR Matt Slater (foot, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 13.

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 QB Tom Brady (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Brady should continue to play through the knee injury.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. And so it goes. Edelman should continue to play through the injury.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (back) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Hogan played 92% of the snaps last week, so he should be fine to face the Rams on Sunday.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm

Patriots WR Matt Slater (foot) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

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.

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