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|After a strong rookie season which showcased his ability to make plays in the red zone but yielded just 546 receiving yards, Gronkowski’s role in the Patriots offense took off in 2011 as he set single season league records for the tight end position with 1,327 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. And for good measure he added another touchdown on the ground. He is clearly a major cog in one of the league’s best offenses so the question becomes: where do you take him? While Gronkowski has been a revelation in New England (and to his fantasy owners), the odds of him replicating his 2011 production are unlikely. Brandon Lloyd joins the Patriots this season as a proven deep threat and defenses will adjust and increase their focus on Gronkowski. His high ankle sprain at the end of last season was a reminder of the injury issues that caused him to drop into the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. Gronkowski rates as either the 1st or 2nd ranked fantasy tight end for 2012 but don’t get crazy and use a 1st round pick to get him.
| Gronk takes part in 11-on-11 drills -- Mon Aug 18 5:05 pm --|
TE continuing comeback from ACL, MCL tears
|TE Rob Gronkowski taking another step in his progression, participating in 11-on-11 drills for first time. Lot of balls thrown his way. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It's been a summer full of mostly positive news in Gronkowski's recovery, but he still remains one of the biggest injury risk-reward players in fantasy. He is unlikely to take a snap in the preseason and still questionable for Week 1, although getting the Patriots to update his status in that regard figures to be useless. Gronk's current ADP is in the middle of the third round.
| Gronk may not be available for week 1 -- Tue Aug 12 7:17 pm --|
Returning from ACL injury
|From time to time throughout the offseason, reports have emerged that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go (or words to that effect) on Week One after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2013 regular season. Given his slow return from a broken arm last season, that seemed overly optimistic. Gronkowski’s fairly slow start to camp has made it seem like much less than a sure thing.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition.
FF Today's Take: This shouldn't come as a total surprise to seasoned fantasy owners. Gronkowski remains a high risk/high reward player and news of him potentially missing the first week only echoes that sentiment.
| Gronk does 7-on-7 work for the first time -- Mon Aug 11 4:40 pm --|
Continues his return from ACL, MCL surgeries
|Rob Gronkowski involved in 7-on-7 work at practice today. First time he's been out there for that. (Tom Curran on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: He wore a non-contact jersey, but any progress for one of the game's best tight ends is good news. Although we have yet to receive any definitive timetable regarding his return to game action - and probably won't since we are talking about New England here - but Week 1 appears to be a reason assumption. Gronkowski is potentially the biggest risk-reward player in fantasy again this season.
| Gronk cleared for start of training camp -- Wed Jul 23 10:30 am --|
Will not be placed on PUP list
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by doctors and will not be placed on the active/physically unable to perform list to open training camp, coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Gronkowski had knee on January 9th making this a very quick return to the practice field. It's likely he will be limited in camp but this puts him on schedule to play Week 1. Gronk and Brady's ADP will rise on this news but the injury history (knee, forearm, back) of the talented tight end should be red flag to fantasy owners.