Rob Gronkowski Fantasy News

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says he will 'no doubt' be ready for Week 1

Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent season-ending back surgery in December, told ESPN's Cari Champion that he "no doubt" will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

Fantasy Impact:

It remains to be seen whether Gronkowski will truly be ready to go Week 1. Last season, he was seemingly expected to play at the start of the season (after suffering a hamstring injury in mid-August), but ended up missing the first two games and was limited for two additional weeks once he returned. He's the #1 fantasy tight end when healthy, but he can't seem to stay healthy.

Pats use more three-WR sets without TE Rob Gronkowski

Monday, December 5, 2016, 9:47am

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

The Patriots' first game since Rob Gronkowski's season-ending back injury went as expected.

The Pats relied on the running back trio of LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis, and James White. Tom Brady fed the ball to Julian Edelman. And the team put a heavy emphasis on three-receiver formations.

But the Pats' reliance on "11 personnel" (3 WR, 1 RB, TE) was not a radical departure from what we have seen in previous games. The idea that the Patriots were using Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett together a ton was not accurate.

Related players: Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots used three receiver sets with a TE and an RB on 32 snaps and three receiver sets with two RBs and no TE on six snaps. They used a full back with two receivers on 16 snaps and four WRs on eight snaps.

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 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.

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