By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Thu, Jan 29th 4:24pm EST
Rob Gronkowski is seeking his first ring with the Patriots.
Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski is healthy for the first time entering the Super Bowl, what does that mean? It means Brady will have all of his weapons including the "Gronk" all systems go. Gronk is hoping to make his own rendition of "A Gronking to remember" with a "Gronk" like performance in the Super Bowl! Catching 12 touchdown passes this year to go along with 82 receptions for 1124, Gronkowski has had his best year since 2011. He will look to finish this season off the right way against the "Legion of Boom" and prove Seattle Seahawks Jeremy Lane wrong when he referred to Gronkowski as a "not that good".
By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Jan 19th 8:16pm EST
Rob Gronkowski caught three passes for 28 yards with a TD on eight targets in Sunday's 45-7 victory over the Colts in the AFC Championship game.
Fantasy Impact: Rob Gronkowski managed to score a TD for the fifth consecutive game. Gronkowski was relatively quiet for Gronkowski's typical output. Although Gronkowski scored a TD on Sunday, his three receptions were very low. Gronkowski will be healthy for the first time in his career for a Super Bowl and will be matched up with the toughest match-up on paper in the NFL. The NFC champion Seattle Seahawks have a vaunted defense that will for sure focus in on a healthy Gronkowski.
By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Jan 11th 1:33pm EST
Rob Gronkowski caught 7 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 35-31 playoff win over the Ravens.
Fantasy Impact: Seemingly open on every reception, Gronkowski capitalized on his 13 targets hauling in 7 receptions. Oddly not double covered throughout the game Gronkowski found himself with room to run after each reception. Gronk's TD came on a short slant route from Brady. Gronkowski will look to continue his masterful season in 2014 with another strong performance in the AFC championship game next week!
By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Jan 3rd 8:56am EST
Rob Gronkowski was unanimously voted as an All-Pro by the associated press. Receiving 50-50 first team votes, Gronkowski was the only unanimous vote.
Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski has had 82 receptions for 1124 yards with 12 TD's in his 2014 regular season run. Being able to stay healthy for the first time in his last 3 seasons, Gronkowski was back to being "Gronk" all year. Having his best season this year since his breakout season in 2011, Gronkowski continues to be Tom Brady's go to option. A healthy Gronkowski will look to put a stamp on 2014 by helping lead his team through the playoffs and into the Superbowl.
By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Dec 27th 11:51am EST
Rob Gronkowski for the first time in the last few years in healthy going into Week 17 and the start of the NFL playoffs. The Patriots would like nothing more than to keep "Gronk" healthy.
Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski may see limited snaps as the Patriots may choose to rest some of their starters with the #1 seed clinched in the AFC playoff picture. Gronkowski will be healthy for the first time in a long time entering the playoffs and the Brady and company would love to keep it that way. Gronkowski has been a machine this year with 82 receptions for 1124 yards and 12 touchdowns!
By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 5:44pm EST
Rob Gronkowski caught six passes on 10 targets for 31 yards and a TD in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets. Gronkowski has had a TD in his last three games looking sharp as the NFL playoffs near.
Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski saw 10 targets and pulled in 6 of those for a pedestrian 31 yards, but was able to haul in a TD that saved his fantasy day. Owners anticipated more from Gronkowski with Edelman being out. Although Gronk was held in check for most of the day as he was Brady's short yard security blanket all day. For the Patriots they will look to keep Gronkowski healthy as the NFL playoffs near.
By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 9:35pm EST
Rob Gronkowski had three catches for 96 yards with a Touchdown in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Rob Gronkowski has now scored in two straight games for the Patriots. Gronkowski was held without out a catch in the first half before he exploded for his 96 yards on just three catches. Gronkowski's last single digit contest in fantasy output? Was Week 7 against his AFC rival and Week 16 opponent the New York Jets! Gronkowski will look to add to his 11 touchdowns on the season against the Jets in Week 16.
By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 4:28pm EST
Rob Gronkowski caught 8 of 11 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in Sunday nights 23-14 win over the Chargers. Gronkowski's 14 yard touchdown came on a back shoulder fade. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski continued his dominance as the clear cut #1 TE in the NFL. With 10 touchdowns and consistent double digit fantasy points, Gronkowski has pulled away as #1 TE with Graham's recent struggles. Gronkowski looks to continue his dominance, against the Dolphins at home in Week 15!
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 5:37pm EDT
Patriot's tight end Rob Gronkowski caught 9-of-9 targets for 149 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 8 win over the Bears
Fantasy Impact: Gronk was simply unstoppable in Week 8, tossing around defenders on his way to a huge fantasy day. He's back to his elite form, and, barring any injuries, is a great bet to be fantasy's top tight end for the rest of the year. He's got the Broncos in Week 9.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 8:58pm EDT
Patriot's tight end Rob Gronkowski hauled in 7 catches for 95 yards in the team's Week 6 win over the Bills.
Fantasy Impact: Gronk played on nearly every offensive snap, excluding a short exit in the third quarter with an elbow issue. He also had a touchdown called back by a holding penalty. He'll remain an elite option next week against the Jets.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 12:56am EDT
Patriot's tight end Rob Gronkowski hauled in 2 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.
Fantasy Impact: Gronk had only one catch in the blowout loss until backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo tossed him a 13-yard touchdown late in the 4th quarter. While it's clear Gronk isn't 100%, he's moving in the right direction, and will continue to be an elite TE1.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 4:04pm EDT
Patriot's tight end Rob Gronkowski hauled in 3 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 3 game against the Raiders.
Fantasy Impact: Gronk continues to increase his snap count, and played on almost 60% of snaps in the game. He also barely missed having a second TD on a dropped pass in the end-zone. His role is continuing to expand, and he remains an elite option at TE.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:52pm EDT
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hauled in 4 catches on 11 targets for 40 yards and a TD in the team's Week 1 game against the Dolphins. He was the team leader in targets, even though he only played on 38-of-86 offensive snaps.
Fantasy Impact: Gronk appeared a bit stiff all afternoon, but while he was clearly on a snap count, his usage was encouraging. He'll remain an elite, must-start TE in all formats.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 4:07pm EDT
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was limited in Wednesday practice, reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: The Patriots will likely limit Gronk throughout the week in preparation for Sunday. The team hasn't made any official announcements, but he continues to be on track to start Week 1. He may be on a snap count, but he is a must-start in all leagues.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Sep 2nd 11:41pm EDT
The Patriot's head coach commented on Tuesday "we'll have to make the decision we feel like is best for the team and we'll do that as we go through the week." (Source: CSN New England
Fantasy Impact: Following Gronkowski's announcement on Monday that he is "ready to go" for Week 1, it's in classic Bill Belichick form to cast some doubt on the situation. It's extremely unlikely Gronk would have made his announcement on Monday unless he was sure he would suit up. Get him in your rosters.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 1st 4:21pm EDT
“I'm ready to go. I’ll be playing," Gronk told reporters. He added that he won't be playing every snap. (Source: Boston Globe
Fantasy Impact: Even a limited Gronk is better than nearly every other TE in the league. He's had a hugely impressive recovery after tearing his ACL last December. The only concern now would be if the Patriot's are rushing him back and risking another injury, so we will keep an eye on the situation. For now, he is a must-start in all formats - get him in your lineups.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Aug 27th 1:04pm EDT
The Patrtiot's acquired TE Tim Wright in a trade with the Buccaneers Tuesday, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Wright was brought in to compliment Gronkowski, not fill-in for him. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Gronk hasn't had any setbacks in his rehab, and we're optimistic he will start Week 1 until we hear otherwise. We may not see anything official out of New England until game-day inactives are announced.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 2:24am EDT
TE Rob Gronkowski did not play in the Patriot's third preseason game on Friday night. According to the NFL Network's Albert Breer, "everything is still on course" for his recovery from ACL surgery, and the TE's outlook for Week 1 is "optimistic, but not certain." (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Gronk seems to be moving through the recovery process without any setbacks, and it was highly unlikely we'd be seeing him suit-up in the preseason anyway. We'll continue to follow his progress carefully. Gronk is a game-changing force when he's healthy.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Aug 18th 5:37pm EDT
The Patriots' tight end participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time on Monday, and even took some minor contact. Afterwards, he said he's had "no setbacks" in his return from ACL surgery and that he plans to play a full 16-game season. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: While Gronk's intentions for the season won't necessarily translate into reality, he's had no setbacks and is clearly headed in the right direction. The Patriot's are highly unlikely to make any official announcements about the TE's Week-1 availability until much closer to game day, and he won't be seeing any preseason action. We'll continue to follow his progress leading into the regular season.
By Robert Cheng, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Aug 18th 5:27pm EDT
Rob Gronkowski got his first 11-on-11 work today and got "in and out of his routes without an issue." Although he caught a lot of passes, he did no participate in blocking drills. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: It's still a toss up as to whether Gronk will play Week 1. Gronk will sit out the last two preseason games, so these practice developments will be key in determining whether or not he can play. Gronk has said as recently as August 18th that he still plans to play all 16 games.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Aug 15th 3:20pm EDT
The MMBQ report added that the tight end was running with a "decent but not terrible limp," and looked "far from a lock to play Week 1." (Source: The MMQB
Fantasy Impact: Considering Gronkowski is just 8 months removed from tearing his ACL, a slight limp is understandable, and the TE continues to make strides in his recovery. He still hasn't been cleared for physical contact, and it's doubtful he'll see any preseason action. We'll continue to monitor Gronk's progress closely, but it's likely we won't know his true Week 1 status until much closer to game day.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Aug 12th 10:08pm EDT
The Patriot's tight end has a "50-50" shot to play in Week 1, according to a Pro Football Talk report. (Source: Pro Football Talk
Fantasy Impact: Just over seven months removed from his ACL tear, Gronkowski has been inching his way back into team activities. He's avoided the PUP list, which means the Patriot's are confident he will be available some time in the first six weeks of the season, but with Gronk's injury history, the team is being extra cautious. We'll continue to closely monitor the situation leading up to the Patriot's season-opener at Miami on September 7th.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 7:22pm EDT
Gronk participated in his first 7-on-7 drills of the year, wearing a non-contact jersey on Monday. (Source: Tom Curran on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: There's still no timetable for his return to action, but all signs point to a Week 1 debut for the tight end. If he can get healthy, Gronk will battle Jimmy Graham for fantasy's top TE spot.
By Graham Barfield, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 6:30pm EDT
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is feeling stronger and has not suffered a set back, but there is still no time-table for his return. (Source: Ben Volin - Twitter
Fantasy Impact: The good news keeps rolling in for the 25-year-old Gronkowski, as he has not suffered any setbacks during his rehab. It's also a good sign that the Patriots did not place Gronk on the active/PUP list to start camp. It looks like Gronk is on place to play Week 1, but he still hasn't been cleared for contact. He is a game-changer for both the Patriots and fantasy teams and his 3rd round ADP should be considered a great value.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 9:38pm EDT
The Boston Globe reported that while Gronk has been practicing in full pads, he has only been participating in non-contact drills. The TE has been sitting out 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work. They added that it would "be a surprise" if Gronkowski got any preseason snaps in. (Source: Boston Globe
Fantasy Impact: The Patriots want to make sure Gronkowski is healthy for the long run and continue to ease him back into football. Gronk has stayed the course with his return from ACL surgery, and all signs point to him being ready for the season opener.
By Robert Cheng, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 12:22pm EDT
Gronk, who sat out team drills on Thursday, participated in 11-on-11 drills at "half-to-3/4" speed on Sunday. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: So far, all indications point to Rob Gronkowski playing in Week 1. Gronkowski himself predicted as much, and this type of slow-but-steady progress is encouraging.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 1:12pm EDT
Gronk wore a knee brace and did not participate in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills on Thursday. (Source: Boston.com
Fantasy Impact: Gronk did participate in positional drills and 1-on-1 work with Tom Brady. He was able to cut and plant with no problem, but seemed to struggle accelerating while pushing off his right leg on routes. Although he avoided the PUP list to start camp, Gronk is clearly not 100%. The Patriots are going to ease the TE back into football as he continues to recover from ACL surgery.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 7:23pm EDT
Gronkowski, who had surgery to repair his torn ACL in January, has been cleared by team doctors and is not on the Patriot's active/PUP list to start camp. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Avoiding the active/PUP list for the start of camp means Gronk will not be eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season. This puts him directly on track to play Week 1. If Gronk can get through camp and into football condition without any setbacks, he'll battle Jimmy Graham for the top TE spot.
By Andrew Sears, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Jul 20th 12:51am EDT
Gronkowski is recovering from ACL surgery on January 9th. Last season marked the 2nd straight year his season ended early due to injury. While Gronk said he plans to play the full season, it's very possible he'll be unable to participate at the beginning of training camp. (Source: Mike Reiss
Fantasy Impact: Despite the optimism, Gronkowski's going to be a high upside risk for fantasy owners. He's nearly missed as many games over the past 2 years as he's played. His 3rd round ADP (#30 overall) will be a hefty price tag for anyone drafting him.
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