Rob Gronkowski Fantasy Football News, Notes, Rumors and Statistics
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:10:25 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This firms the expected dent in his fantasy value. He's looking more like a middle-rounds pick with his uncertain timetable to start the season. Anyone who drafts him will need to also add someone to start in Gronk's place, potentially, for Week 1. Between Gronkowski's health issues and Aaron Hernandez's recent trouble with the law, Jake Ballard and Michael Hoomanawanui could fall into fleeting fantasy use as the year goes on.
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 13:49:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This is about the best news possible at this point for Gronkowski. Check back on his status as training camp gets closer before setting your draft board. It is entirely possible Gronkowski will not be available for the start of 2013.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:23:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gronkowski could be sidelined anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks, meaning the start of his regular season could be in jeopardy. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Gronkowski start the season on the PUP list, either. Aaron Hernandez will be the top target among TEs, and the guy to grab the eye of fantasy owners on draft day.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:09:25 -0700
The New England Patriots' contract with TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) effectively protects them should his injuries limit or halt his career in the future. After the 2015 season, New England must decide whether to pick up a $10 million option that would activate the final four years of his deal, which would then end in 2019.
Fantasy Tip: Meaning the Pats have time to decide on their long-term commitment to the talented but increasingly brittle catcher. Fantasy owners will simply have to worry about whether he'll be ready for Week 1.
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.
Thu, 30 May 2013 09:26:43 -0700
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's (forearm, back) back surgery, which he'll undergo soon, "is a new injury and it's minor, it's not as significant [as his prior back injury]," said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent, during an appearance on Miami's WQAM radio. "I think it's more preventive maintenance than anything else."
Fantasy Tip: Though Gronk could still be a value pick if he tumbles down draft boards and his rehab looks to be going OK, fantasy owners shouldn't be as strongly optimistic as Rosenhaus is. It's his job to do so. Yours is to hedge risky decisions, and as a result, anyone who drafts Gronk is almost forced to take a reliable backup.
Thu, 30 May 2013 05:59:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: While the injury isn't related to the previous one, it's extremely concerning that the 24-year-old has required two moderately serious back operations. This one could sideline him 10-12 weeks, and his status for Week 1 is in serious question. The Patriot way is to keep his status as quiet as possible, so draft him at face value, but plan to use another option in case it's needed to open the 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.
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