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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): The return of Martellus Bennett and solid recent play of Dwayne Allen is splitting up the tight end targets in an offense is productive but has a lot of mouths to feed. Gronkowski is still a clear top 2-3 tight end, but he's probably not #1.

General News (Thu Nov 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday (due to illness).

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

All TE vs MIA

FBG says: Great matchup. Packed to the gills with playmaking weapons - even with Chris Hogan still sidelined by a shoulder injury - Tom Brady continues to pick apart opposing defenses and throw touchdowns seemingly at will. His numbers have rebounded back to early-season levels, with 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 312.7-yard per-game average over his last 3 games. Brady remains the league's premier pure passer, and week to week he's a matchup-proof play in the mix for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski remains a matchup-proof dynamo of his own, producing huge plays and/or drawing valuable downfield coverage every week, and Brandin Cooks has truly found his footing as Brady's top playmaker. Cooks has been quieter than expected thus far, but has produced 74+ yards in 6 of 10 games and remains a threat to score at any moment. Brady is having buckets of fun sending Cooks on deep routes, which opposing secondaries struggle to manage even with safety help. There isn't a compelling reason to expect Brady and company to slow down in Week 12; he remains the top quarterback in fantasy on any given week. It was certainly discouraging to see the Dolphins defense roll over against Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 34-year-old backup, fresh off a faceplant in his first relief start of the year in Week 10, looked rejuvenated in picking apart this shaky-at-best secondary. Fitzpatrick was allowed to complete a stunning 8 of his 11 deep attempts (15+ yards downfield), and it was disturbing just how easily it all came to him. The Dolphins continued to struggle to generate a pass rush, and in coverage they flailed mightily against not only Mike Evans but a host of supporting Buccaneers. DeSean Jackson and rookies Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard all recorded catches of 24+ yards of their own. All told, on the year Miami has allowed the league's 10th-most net yards per attempt, and their last 3 opposing quarterbacks have averaged a healthy 276.3 yards against them. This is a borderline-targetable unit, one that can be beaten badly by downfield passing games. Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks are licking their chops.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs LAC 86 5 57 1 0 11.7
10 at DEN 61 4 74 0 0 7.4
11 at OAK 53 3 36 0 0 3.6
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet performance for Gronk; he wasn't targeted until midway through the second quarter. Gronkowski had a long play of 14-yard on an out-route where he outmuscled a larger defender for position. While he didn't do any major damage as a receiver, Gronkowski was effective as a run blocker.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)

Though his stat line doesn't look huge, Gronk narrowly missed out on a much bigger one. Tom Brady threw a deep pass to his tight end, and it was called an incompletion. However, the pass likely should have been called complete, though replay was apparently inconclusive for the refs. Regardless, the Broncos paid special attention to Gronk, often double covering him with a safety and linebacker or some combo of two defenders. It did free up other offensive players, which shows how Gronk impacts games even when he doesn't have gaudy touchdown totals.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (9 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)

Catching the only Pats touchdown of the day, Gronk had himself a solid if unspectacular day. His touchdown was a short crossing route that saw him fairly open considering he's always draped in coverage in the end zone. Gronk also had a chunk play pass go right through his hands, but made up for it later with a long P.I. call in his favor.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)

Though the stat line wasn't huge thanks to game script and ball spread, Gronk had a few notable plays. His most important may have been blocking for Brandin Cooks's sweep pass, allowing the wide receiver to score. He also had a great diving catch called back due to offensive pass interference, and made another nice snag along the sideline. Bigger days will be ahead in closer games.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (10 / 6 / 83 / 2 rec)

After sitting out a short week against the Bucs, Gronk was no worse for wear against the Jets, thoroughly dominating a young secondary. Gronk managed to slam down two end zone spikes, the first on a short out route in 1 on 1 coverage. The second was a 33 yard out and up route that simply saw him beat defenders like we've seen time and time again - with power and deceptive speed. Gronk also had a P.I. call that set up a short touchdown for the Pats, and did have a touchdown go right through his hands, though he made up for his next play. He's back in business and good to go.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec)

Gronk didn't have a huge day, as he was covered fairly well by Panthers defenders, who gave him a decent amount of attention as any good defense would. His highlight play was a humorous long defensive pass interference that clearly saw Gronk do a fine acting job to sell the call. Expect him to rebound with better days.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (10 / 8 / 89 / 1 rec)

Though Gronk had a couple oopsy plays, he still managed to snag several balls, including one for a score. His touchdown was 1 on 1 coverage from 5 yards out, something that probably shouldn't happen. He simply beat his man on an out route and snared the pass for a touchdown. Gronk did have a fumble, but luckily the ball went out of bounds. He also had a big drop on a 3rd and 1 play, but luckily the Patriots salvaged the game. He looked no worse for wear in terms of health, and should be all systems go going forward.

2017 Week 2 vs NO (9 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)

Gronk was a beast against the Saints until he left the game with a groin injury, which is obviously a concern any time the big tight end is hurt. Until then, he was making contested catches, though his highlight was his long touchdown grab. Gronk beat a linebacker in coverage, then proceeded to break a tackle with solid run after the catch ability. It was a reminder of his sheer ability and a show that when he's on, he's almost impossible to stop. He also had a touchdown slip through his hands, so his day could have been even bigger.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (6 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Gronk was well covered throughout most of the night by Eric Berry. His most notable play was a near touchdown catch that would have been a great diving grab, but upon further review, the ball dislodged itself when he hit the floor. Beyond that, it was a very quiet day, but things will get better soon given the injuries mounting up for the Patriots receiving corps.


Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski listed Thursday (Thu Nov 23, 04:33 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: We still see Gronkowski as one of the top tight ends in fantasy this weekend. He should be fine for Sunday, but keep an eye for any aftereffects of the illness.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski under the weather (Wed Nov 22, 04:31 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 22, due to illness.

Our View: We'll see if Gronkowski can feel better later in the week. At this time, we're not worried about his status for the game against the Dolphins on Sunday.
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Patriots | Wednesday's practice report for New England (Wed Nov 22, 04:30 PM) - New England Patriots C David Andrews (illness), QB Tom Brady (Achilles'), OL Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) and WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring), DL Malcom Brown (ankle), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) were listed as limited participants.

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Patriots | No practice for Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski (Wed Nov 22, 01:05 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (undisclosed) and TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Our View: The Patriots are at home to play the Dolphins in Week 12. Missing a Wednesday practice for both players is not that alarming. Just make sure to check back on Friday to see if they're both out there practicing for the Patriots.
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