TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

6-6, 264Born: 5-14-1989College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2010

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Week 7: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady has topped 300 yards in 3 of his last 4 games, albeit in fairly shaky fashion. Working behind a patchwork front line, he struggled with the ho-hum pass rushes of the Giants and Redskins, and it's affected his timing on downfield throws. He's also thrown an interception in three straight games. On the plus side, he's still producing, especially when feasting on his dynamic connection with Julian Edelman. The still-elite slot man, working through a minor chest injury, has posted back-to-back 100-yard performances as the clear focal point of Brady's attention. Beyond him, though, this attack is a pure grab bag. Josh Gordon is likely on the wrong side of questionable for Sunday, and another absence would push Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers into heavy snaps, though neither would project too much usage. It's quite possible James White would be the team's second-most relevant receiver for fantasy purposes. White caught nine balls last Thursday, which is no fluky occurrence for the versatile chess piece. All told, this unit is much greater than the sum of its parts. Brady's fantasy value is held up even on his worst days by volume, which is being distributed more predictably than ever. The Jets, still trotting out one of football's weakest pass defenses, got a reprieve last Sunday when Amari Cooper went down early. Dak Prescott mostly kept the ball underneath after that but did produce a few splash plays, with even Tavon Austin (64 yards on 5 catches) making a dent in the game. Before last week, the Jets had allowed huge lines to John Brown (7 for 123 and a touchdown), Odell Beckham (6 for 161 and 1), the Josh Gordon/Phillip Dorsett duo in New England (12 for 136 and 1). It's still far too easy for opposing wideouts to find room down the field against shaky cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts. Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye make up a fantastic young duo, but can only do so much. If the Jets are going to slow down Tom Brady and his weapons, they'll need to hold downfield coverage long enough for Brady to feel pressure and misfire. That won't be an easy task, though, with the pass rush underperforming so badly. They've recorded a pitiful seven sacks through five games, despite blitzing at the league's fourth-highest rate. Brady has built a Hall of Fame career by forcing defenses to send their coverage men into the backfield to grasp at air.

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Rob Gronkowski's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski return put to rest? (Tue Oct 8, 11:04 AM) - Former New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was hired by FOX to appear as a regular analyst on FOX NFL Sunday.

Our View: Guys can always leave TV gigs to get back to the NFL if they really want to (see Jay Cutler a few years ago). Patriots fans and some Fantasy GMs will still hold out hope that Gronkowski returns later in the year, but this tends to happen with beloved veterans when they retire (remember people thinking Calvin Johnson would come back?). We're excited to see Gronk on TV because of his personality and you never know what he's going to say or do.
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