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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

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

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New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. He's been limited in practice for most of 2014, but he's still playing on Sunday.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Everyone outside of Julian Edelman had a down day in the Patriots passing game because of a blowout win, and there's no reason for the Patriots to push Gronkowski in that kind of game. He's still on track to be an elite TE1 for the part of the season that matters the most.

General News (Fri Sep 19): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Sep 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: vs Oakland Raiders

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady is currently the 26th-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land, with 44/78 for 398 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Julian Edelman (15 for 12/176/1) and Rob Gronkowski (17 targets for 8/72/1 receiving) are his main men in the passing game, though Gronkowski is still rusty and working his way back into shape as you can see from his sub-.500 reception percentage right now. The Raiders' pass D ranks second in the NFL through two games (164.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores allowed and one interception so far) - Oakland's pass D doesn't get tested much as their rush D is dead last in the NFL allowing an average of 200 yards rushing per game. Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn't sacked at all last week, while throwing 14/19 for 139 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions at the Black Hole. This looks like a neutral matchup for Brady and company as New England may not need to throw the ball much this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 at MIA 4 40 1 0
2 at MIN 4 32 0 0
3 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs MIA (11 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)

Rob Gronkowski made his 2014 debut in Week 1, and though he was a target monster thanks to an odd Patriots game plan, many of those targets were low quality or throwaways. It's also clear that Gronkowski isn't back to 100% playing shape, as he looked stiffer when running than usual. The Dolphins made sure to double cover Gronkowski most of the game, and combined with the rust, it created plenty of inefficiencies. The lone bright spot for Gronk came on a touchdown reception. Split out wide being covered by the undersized Brent Grimes, Gronkowski ran a simple crossing route and played pitch and catch with Tom Brady. As we've all heard before, Gronkowski makes his mark in the red zone, and his touchdown catch highlighted just that.

2014 Week 2 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

There wasn't much action for Rob Gronkowski against the Vikings as he continues to work his way back from his knee injury. Game flow dictated that the Patriots only dial up 22 pass plays, and as a result, Gronkowski was only targeted 5 times. All 4 of his completions were short or intermediate routes with only a handful of yards after catch after each reception. On Brady's incompletion to Gronkowski, the big tight end wasn't even looking for the ball, suggesting there are still timing issues to be worked on between quarterback and tight end.

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Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski probable (Fri Sep 19, 06:15 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 3.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited (Thu Sep 18, 07:09 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited for the second straight day Thursday, Sept. 18.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited Wednesday (Wed Sep 17, 06:40 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Our View: Yep. This is what we'll see from Gronk--likely for the rest of the year. He's been limited in practice all year long, but he's playing on Sunday and that's all that matters for fantasy owners.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski probable (Fri Sep 12, 05:26 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.

Our View: Gronkowski seems to have suffered no setbacks in his Week 1 debut, and he should only get better as the season goes on.
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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited in practice (Thu Sep 11, 04:38 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited again in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: Yep, this will be the normal report for Gronk almost every day of practice. If he plays, you start him -- period.
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Schedule

3vs Oakland Raiders
4@ Kansas City Chiefs
5vs Cincinnati Bengals
6@ Buffalo Bills
7vs New York Jets
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