Aaron Hernandez Fantasy Football News, Notes, Rumors and Statistics
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:45:46 -0700
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm), who underwent surgery to fix a spinal issue in his back Tuesday, June 18, has hopes of returning to action late in August, during the preseason. However, Gronkowski isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. He's likely to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list but will be eligible to come off at any point before Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: We won't know how realistic it'll be for Gronkowski to suit up for Week 1 until we get closer to training camp, but there remains a good possibility that he will miss the first part of the season. Aaron Hernandez's draft stock will soar if that's the case, and Jake Ballard might become a nice matchup play earlier in the year, too.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:04:27 -0700
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was questioned by police investigating a possible homicide in a town 40 miles south of Boston Tuesday, June 18. The police were interested in possibly searching Hernandez's home. He's not believed to be a murder suspect, though, but a vehicle that was rented in his name has become a key piece of evidence. The police are hoping to analyze the vehicle for fingerprints. A body was found Monday, June 17, less than a mile from Hernandez's home.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:14:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hernandez looks to be in better shape to be ready for Week 1 than Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back), at least initially, and they'll undoubtedly be monitored throughout summer workouts.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:23:52 -0700
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) was limited to side work during OTAs on Tuesday, June 4. He later caught passes from QB Tom Brady on another field while going through a route tree and QB coach Mike Kafka after that session. Hernandez appears to be progressing.
Fantasy Tip: Hernandez may be cleared for Week 1 before Rob Gronkowski (shoulder, back), who obviously was absent from OTAs as he prepares for more surgery. Without Gronkowski, Hernandez could be in store for a boost in targets but might face more defensive attention along the way. He's still a midrange to high-end TE1, though.
Fri, 31 May 2013 08:37:54 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has not fully participated during the two organized team activities that the media has watched this offseason but has shown good hands during offensive drills. He also has been running with a noticeable limp.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard could get a bigger role than expected this season if he is healthy because of the injuries to Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) and TE Aaron Hernandez (shoulder). At this point, Ballard probably is not worthy of a draft choice but he would be a waiver wire target if either Gronkowski or Hernandez miss time in the regular season.
Wed, 29 May 2013 14:01:34 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has looked sharp during organized team activities and hasn't been limited after having major knee surgery around 16 months ago. Ballard has shown nice hands and will be a nice blocking asset for the team this year. "I'm doing my best I can to be 100 percent, and I'm doing as much as I can, as much as they're allowing me to do out here," Ballard said. "When I'm out here I feel like I'm putting in good work and getting better."
Fantasy Tip: Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) has become a major health risk and Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) is coming off a surgery of his own this offseason. If both Gronk and Hernandez are healthy and on the field, Ballard won't see much of a role aside from blocking. However, Gronk and Hernandez have both struggled to stay healthy, so Ballard could be a nice waiver wire addition at some point this season.
Fri, 17 May 2013 12:32:01 -0700
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) could require surgery on his back for a disc issue he has been dealing with. Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI, and if he is forced to have the surgery, could be ready in the same amount of time it would take to recover from the arm issue.
Fantasy Tip: Another red flag for the Patriots tight end. Add the back issues to the forearm issues, and the idea that when healthy, he would likely split looks with Aaron Hernandez, and it all leads to dropping Gronkowski on your draft board. If healthy, he is obviously still a TE1, but his health is a big question mark at this point.
Fri, 17 May 2013 10:12:01 -0700
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) will likely need a fifth surgery that would probably keep him out of the start of training camp if his infection hasn't cleared when they operate on him for the fourth time next week. The team won't have a true timetable until he undergoes another procedure next week. Gronkowski has been taking antibiotics.
Fantasy Tip: Gronk's fantasy value as a top-tier tight end is in serious doubt until he has his surgery next week. That will give us a much better idea of whether he has a chance to be ready for Week 1. If another surgery is needed, you can probably count him out and drop him down in your rankings. Aaron Hernandez is recovering from shoulder surgery, but if he's ready for the start of the season and Gronk isn't, Hernandez's stock will shoot up.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:32:53 -0700
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) could need around four months to recover from shoulder surgery. He could be put on the Physically Unable to Perform list when training camp opens.
Fantasy Tip: That would leave him with enough time to be ready for the season. However, any potential setbacks could be costly. Julian Edelman is likely to be the main beneficiary if Hernandez misses time. He is used as a slot receiver pretty often, and Edelman could receive an increase in targets. Jake Ballard could also become an interesting name. However, it's still early - sit tight for now.
Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:14:11 -0700
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) is not expected to participate in offseason workouts because he will be recovering from shoulder surgery. Hernandez is expected to face a recovery period of around four months. He likely will be ready for the start of the regular season unless he suffers a setback.
Fantasy Tip: It appears like Hernandez will be taking it easy this offseason to allow his shoulder to heal. He likely has a good chance to be ready for the season and should be a No. 1 tight end for teams in 2013.
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