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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has been on a tear since being benched early in the loss to Kansas City - 48/75 for 622 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown is what he's thrown over the past two games, folks. Impressive. Four players have been targeted 10 or more times during the last two explosive games: Rob Gronkowski (19 targets for 12/162/0 receiving); Julian Edelman (22 for 14/135/0 receiving); Brandon LaFell (11 for 8/152/2), and Shane Vereen (11 for 6/74/2 receiving). There are a lot of fantasy points available from Brady during recent weeks - start one of the above fantasy receivers and your club should be doing well at the end of Sunday. The Bears' pass D just last weekend allowed Miami 25/32 for 256 net yards, two TDs with one interception thrown, and four sacks taken for -21 yards. Two weeks back, it was Matt Ryan slinging 19/37 for 245 yards, one TD and one interception while taking four sacks for -26 yards. Chicago gives freely in this phase of the game. In fact the Bears are tied for 19th in the NFL averaging 247.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up to date, vs. eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied-eighth) generated so far. This is a good matchup for the streaking Brady and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
4 at KC 2 31 1 0
5 vs CIN 6 100 1 0
6 at BUF 7 94 0 0
7 vs NYJ 5 68 0 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 6 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CIN (11 / 6 / 100 / 1 rec)

Slowly but surely, Rob Gronkowski is rounding back into form. He played his highest percentage of snaps on the year, looked a bit more lithe, and as we're so used to, caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady. His 16 yard score was a seam route that saw him fairly open in the middle of the field, and he a defender bounced off him as he ran into the end zone. Gronk also had several other catches in traffic, but more importantly, he was as fired up as anyone on the field, jawing with defenders and at one point even getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for some extracurricular activity. The rust isn't completely gone, however, as Gronk dropped 2 or 3 very catchable balls. Still, it was his best game of the season, and he should continue to be a focal point for the offense.

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (9 / 7 / 94 / 0 rec)

Watch out world, Rob Gronkowski is back. After some ramp-up time shaking off rust from his offseason injury protocol, Gronkowski looked better than he has all season, running a variety of routes, catching passes short and deep, and as usual, manhandling defenders left and right. Gronkowski had a solid 18 yard touchdown grab nullified by an offensive holding call, but the Patriots still scored a touchdown two plays later. Gronk took a couple licks, and at one point, exited the game with an upper body injury, but luckily, it wasn't serious. He also had a near fumble, but the play was ruled incomplete upon further review. Those blemishes aside, it was a solid day for the big tight end, his best play being his 30 yard catch where he ran near the sideline for an additional 10 yards.

2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)

The good news is that Rob Gronkowski looks like he's back to full health. Contrary to earlier in the season, Gronk looks more fluid and comfortable on the field. He had his patented plays where he bowled over defenders, ran seam and crossing routes, etc. He also dropped a couple catchable passes, though one was a bit low and one was a bit behind him. Sadly, there was no Gronk spike to be had against the Jets, but once again, the big tight end looks to be close to 100%.

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Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski nearly goes distance (Fri Oct 17, 07:57 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 53 of his team's 57 offensive snaps in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 18. It was the first time all season he has played over 90 percent of the snaps in a game.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski back to full strength? (Tue Oct 14, 02:08 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is back in full force, according to QB Tom Brady. Gronkowski played limited snaps in the first four weeks while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he has emerged in the last few weeks. He had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 94 yards in Week 6. Gronkowski took some big hits and showed added strength in the game against the Buffalo Bills. Hes a great option out there, Brady said. So if they dont cover him, he usually gets it. If they put extra guys on him then it frees everybody else up. Hes tough to stop. You put a safety on him, hes got size. You put a linebacker on him, hes got speed. Hes been that way since he got into the NFL.'

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski fights through pain (Sun Oct 12, 05:26 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) fought through in a very physical game in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. He was injured in the third quarter, and assisted to the sidelines by trainers, but was able to return. He also had his forearm brace replaced during the game. He finished with seven receptions for 94 yards, and also had a touchdown negated by penalty.

Our View: Gronkowski's number of snaps each week is trending in the right direction, and he survived a play and reaction that made owners hold their collective breath today. Expect a big game Thursday night against the Jets defense that allowed two scores to Julius Thomas today.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski sees increased snaps (Fri Oct 10, 10:04 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 23 more snaps in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals than he had in any game all season. The takeaway is that Gronkowski finally appears to be rounding into his pre-injury form.

Our View: Gronkowski is ready to take over and that could make Tom Brady into a viable fantasy QB again.
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Schedule

8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills