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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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Gronkowski left the Week 2 game with an injury, but was able to practice on Wednesday, September 20.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): The good news is that Gronkowski dominated the first half. The bad news is that he sat in the second half because of a groin injury. It appears to be minor and may not even keep him out of Week 3, but we all know his injury history.

General News (Mon Sep 18): suffered a groin injury in Week 2. Gronkowski said Monday he is feeling good and considers himself day-to-day.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady's Week 2 - however inflated it was by the horrid New Orleans "defense" - showed definitively that he can excel even with a depleted group of pass-catchers. Down to just three healthy wideouts (plus special-teamer Matt Slater), Brady carved up the Saints for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns on 30-of-39 passing. There's no one more adept at utilizing the right weapon at the right time. There is indeed a blueprint to slowing Brady: hefty, organic pressure from an aggressive front seven that allows its secondary to win the numbers game in the intermediate areas. But that's easier said than done, considering Brady's rocket-speed release and the team's strong pass-blocking line. New addition Brandin Cooks will look to get on track in Week 3, while Chris Hogan will help test the Texans' banged-up secondary on the boundary. Rob Gronkowski was dazzling against the Saints, but may be marginalized in the game plan against Houston's elite tight-end defense. It's hard to gauge the progress of Houston's pass defense. Through two games, they've faced the league's two most anemic passing games: Blake Bortles and the Jaguars in Week 1, followed by a Bengals "attack" that has already fired its offensive coordinator. From what we can tell, though, this pass defense looks similar to last year's dominant unit - and it's hard to overstate the return of J.J. Watt. With Watt on board, the Texans boast at least four dynamic pass rushers. And the loss of cornerback A.J. Bouye hasn't been felt much: the Texans held A.J. Green largely in check last Thursday, allowing a 50-yard deep ball but just 17 yards on his other 7 targets. Unfortunately, they'll press on without the services of cornerback Kevin Johnson, who sprained his MCL in Week 2, for awhile. His snaps will be filled by 34-year-old Jonathan Joseph and special-teams specialist Marcus Burley. It's not a big downgrade, but a noticeable one, especially with a high-octane Patriots offense on tap. And Joseph may be limited Sunday by a Week 2 shoulder injury of his own.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 78 2 33 0 0 3.3
2 at NO 46 6 116 1 0 17.6
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Patriots | Key Patriots practice Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 01:36 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) and WR Danny Amendola (knee, concussion) were among a group of injured players who were able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Our View: Gronkowski has previously stated that his groin injury was no big deal, and it certainly wasn't enough of a concern to keep him off the field for Wednesday's practice. If he plays - and it certainly looks like he will, he's a TE1 for your fantasy team.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski day-to-day (Mon Sep 18, 06:43 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) said he is feeling good and considers himself day-to-day.

Our View: Gronkowski was banged up against the Saints but he had a big day for fantasy owners in Week 2. We'll likely see him limited in practice this week. Check back on Friday at the latest to get an idea of whether or not Gronkowski is going to give it a go in Week 3 against the Texans.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski injury not serious (Mon Sep 18, 08:17 AM) - Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) will test his groin injury Monday, Sept. 18, but it's not believed to be serious.

Our View: Good news for the Patriots and fantasy owners here. The Patriots offense was on fire against a bad Saints defense on Sunday. Gronk is a must start every week regardless of the matchup.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski injury update (Sun Sep 17, 03:50 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) suffered a groin injury in Week 2.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski leaves game (Sun Sep 17, 03:19 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) left the team's Week 2 game early after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Our View: It's a groin injury and because of Gronk's history we have to be open to possibility of a multi-week absence. Dwayne Allen could be a good pickup for the Texans game next week.
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Schedule

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4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New York Jets
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Denver Broncos
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Buffalo Bills
14@ Miami Dolphins
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17vs New York Jets