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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

6-6, 264Born: 5-14-1989College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 2

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Gronkowski was surprisingly not put on the PUP/Active list to open training camp, which means that the team expects him to be healthy enough to merit a spot on the opening weekend 53-man roster. Whether he'll be able to play Week 1, or how effective he'll be early in the season remains to be seen. Camp reports say Gronkowski does not look like a player coming back a serious knee injury, but he is yet to play in contact practices, and he may not appear in any preseason games.

Summary

We thought that since Rob Gronkowski had been cleared before training camp, we could be confident that he is ready to go for the season. Our own Dr. Jene Bramel sounded as confident when he said "Allowing him to practice with the team means they've closed the PUP door for Gronk. That says they believe he's healthy enough to make the 53 right now. And that he's healthy enough to do more than just conditioning work on the side." However he has yet to take part in a full-contact practice, despite doing his individual drills at full-speed. The Patriots are likely being cautious and making sure he is 110% before clearing him and being the Patriots are not giving us any clear timetable for his complete return. Between this and the litany of injuries over the last few years owners might hesitate to roll the dice on Gronk come draft day, but keep in mind most of his issues were freak injuries, not the sort of nagging conditioning issues which worry fantasy owners. As long as he is healthy he is Tom Brady's go-to guy here in the offense and he should have a tremendous season. (August 11)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 8
Overall Redraft - 21, 10, 10, 11, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 26, 27, 27, 30, 34, 37, 39, 53
TE Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 6, 9
Overall Redraft PPR - 23, 7, 10, 11, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26, 26, 36, 39, 39, 46, 53
TE Dynasty - 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 4
Overall Dynasty - 10, 4, 11, 12, 12, 19, 30

Stats and Projections

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2011 NE 16 90 1327 17
2012 NE 11 55 790 11
2013 NE 7 39 592 4
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 72 * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 12 60 * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 15 75 * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 15 62 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 30
TE: 3
Overall-PPR: 27
TE-PPR: 2

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Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski likely to sit (Wed Aug 27, 12:07 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) continues to make progress in his rehab but likely will sit out the final preseason game. Gronkowski is looking to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Our View: Gronkowski may well be a game-time decision for week 1, and perhaps even miss multiple games, but he took only three games to get back to old form last year after a more tumultuous offseason.
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Patriots | No setbacks for Rob Gronkowski (Tue Aug 26, 06:30 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has not encountered any setbacks from the end of last week, and the acquisition of TE Timothy Wright is not a sign that the team is concerned about Gronkowski's health. The Patriots have wanted to remain cautious with Gronkowski's workload this preseason. Wright is a 'move' tight end, similar to the role free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez used to play with the team.

Our View: Don't read anything into this move re: Gronkowski, and don't assume that the Pats will go back to two TE as their base set. Wright fills a gap in the Patriots personnel that they have been trying to plug, including flirting with Dustin Keller earlier this offseason, but like a lot of their passcatchers, he will be a role model.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski targets Week 1 (Sat Aug 23, 12:32 AM) - As expected, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) did not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, but he is targeting a return for the regular season opener.

Our View: That's been the target all along. The Patriots have eased Gronkowski back this offseason in order to have him near full strength at the start of the regular season. He should be drafted as a top-3 fantasy tight end.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski not playing (Fri Aug 22, 04:42 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will not play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.

Our View: Fantasy owners would have a bit more confidence if Gronk plays this week, but in the end this was expected by most. The team is saving Gronk for the start of the regular season. He should still be the second or third TE off the board in your fantasy draft.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski part of drills (Mon Aug 18, 03:56 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this offseason Monday, Aug. 18.

Our View: He's getting closer to returning to the field. Gronkowski is a top-3 fantasy tight end if healthy. Fantasy owners should look at him as a second- or third-round pick in any format.
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