TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots
|6-6, 264||Born: 5-14-1989||College: Arizona||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2010|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Gronk was quiet until the end of the win over the Chiefs, but the defense was giving him a lot of attention and they suffered trying to defend the run and other targets in the Patriots passing game. The pendulum should swing back for him soon enough, but this is still coming in under expectations.
General News (Thu Oct 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 7: at Chicago Bears
FBG says: Neutral matchup. By most accounts, Tom Brady is off to a slow start for him this season which for any other quarterback would be a tremendous start to the year. Most of the early season struggles were due to the lack of receiving options in New England which they should have figured out with the acquisition of Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman returning from suspension and while this group will continue to come together, it already showed signs of this the last two weeks against the Chiefs and Colts as Brady has thrown for 340 yards in each of those two games and will continue to look to build chemistry with their receiving group along with James White which should once again develop into one of the best passing offenses in football. The Bears pass defense has been entirely based on their pass rush as if they fail to get to the quarterback as they did last week where they failed to sack Brock Osweiler, he was easily able to pick this defense apart. The Bears statistically have been solid this year as they have allowed just one quarterback to go over 300 yards which was this past week. Prince Amukamara continues to be the strong point of this secondary, but Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan who have been great this season both struggled last week allowing both Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola to have big games. The biggest issue for the Bears is that their linebackers and safety Adrian Amos are tremendous liabilities in pass protection which when the Bears go with a zone defense the opponents as we saw last week are able to pick this team apart. Look for Brady and Belichick to come up with a game plan that looks to eliminate the pass rush for Chicago and test the corners this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Rob Gronkowski's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs KC (4 / 3 / 97 / 0 rec)
Though he only had 3 catches, Gronk's two biggest plays were in the 4th quarter. On one, Brady faked into the backfield before hitting Gronk for a massive gain up the left side seam. The second was what set up the Pats for their last second field goal with a deep toss and catch to the big man. Though he isn't getting the red zone treatment he's used to seeing, Gronk is still dominant with the ball in his hands, and had key blocks multiple times during the game.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (7 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
With Julian Edelman back, Gronk was able to get free on several routes for a change, often resulting in the big chunk plays we are accustomed to seeing from him. He did have a drop that resulted in an interception, but that won't be an issue going forward. It's all steam ahead for the big man, who should have bbetter stat lines ahead.
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Though he didn't have a big day, the news for Gronk was that he left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Obviously this bears monitoring. The Dolphins paid very close attention to him, as he was double covered on several plays, yet still made tight window catches.
2018 Week 3 vs DET (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
With absolutely no other weapons in the passing game, Gronk was double and tripled teamed all night. He did drop a diving catch, but there wasn't much else he could do. It was odd that more plays weren't specifically dialed up for him, but the play calling was simply bad.
2018 Week 2 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Gronk was bottled up for most of the day by a great defense, though there were a couple obvious no-calls on his defenders. Tom Brady also missed a couple 1 on 1 shots, and though there is no guarantee, a shot to Gronk with 1 on 1 coverage is always decent money to pay off. Part of the issue was the Jags pass rush, which often gave Tom Brady no time to throw. Gronk will have better days ahead, and we all know that.
2018 Week 1 vs HOU (8 / 7 / 123 / 1 rec)
To absolutely no one's surprise, Gronk was Tom Brady's top target, catching multiple chunk seam passes and scoring a touchdown to boot. His score was a nice deep back shoulder throw in double coverage that saw Gronk simply snare the ball away from defenders and narrowly prance into the end zone for a score. The big blemish on the day was that he fumbled a ball, and Jeremy Hill was hurt chasing the fumble. Still, he will be the focal point of the offense for at least the next few weeks.
Latest NewsPatriots | Rob Gronkowski fine with role (Thu Oct 18, 11:10 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he isn't frustrated by his lack of targets in the red zone this year, and he's 'totally satisfied' as long as the team wins. link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited Thursday (Thu Oct 18, 06:48 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was a limited participant in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Oct. 18. Our View: Gronkowski should be fine for the game against the Bears on Sunday. Anytime he plays, Gronkowski is a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.
link to story Patriots | Limited practice for Rob Gronkowski (Wed Oct 17, 06:57 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 17. link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski delivers late (Mon Oct 15, 01:44 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught three of his four targets for 97 yards in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs. link to story Patriots | Rob Gronkowski likely to play (Sun Oct 14, 09:38 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) is expected to play in Week 6's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Our View: Gronkowski is in prime position to go off against a Chiefs defense that is missing Eric Berry.
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