Archive for Rob Gronkowski

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NEWS: Tom Brady throws for 3TDs on Thursday night; Shane Vereen totals 114 yards and 2TDs in Week 7. Chris Ivory runs for 107 and a TD.

SMITTY: Shane Vereen, for the first time this season, looked like a feature back. Sure, he only ran the ball 12 times, but that was his first double-digit carry game this year, and he totaled 47 yards on those carries. His 71 receiving yards and two TDs on five catches was beast-like and it’s starting to look like New England knows what they have in Vereen. He is back to RB2 status, folks! Tom Brady was solid once again this week, tossing for 261 yards and 3TDs against the Jets. Rob Gronkowski pulled in five passes for 68 yards. On the Jets side of the football, Chris Ivory rushed the ball 21 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. He has RB2-type upside as far as talent goes, however, will the Jets feed him constantly? That’s always the question. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski expected to play Week 1.

According to reports, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is ‘expected’ to play Week 1 against the Dolphins.

SMITTY: Be certain to sign up for our Smart Alerts if you want last-minute news on Gronk on Sunday morning. Also, we just sent out a Smart Alert on this matter (right now) with “waiver wire” implications.

NEWS: Tom Brady calf injury not considered serious.

According to reports, Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) is not serious. Rob Gronkowski is still iffy in terms of playing time for Week 1, but he is expected to play.

SMITTY: We feel that Tom Brady is extremely undervalued heading into 2014. Extremely. He can be had via trade like he is a top 7+ passer, yet he still has top 4-5 overall upside. He is a great player to trade for right now. Check back Sunday morning regarding both Brady and Gronk! Try Analyzing some trades via our Trade Analyzer.

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski will be used in certain situations in Week1?

According to, many believe that the Patriots will “pick their spots” with using Rob Gronkowski in Week 1.

SMITTY: No one knows how the Patriots will use Rob Gronkowski in Week 1, it really is impossible to predict how many plays he will play. He could play half-time and still catch a touchdown, or even two, or he could be used very little. If you play Gronk this week, you have to expect the move to be high-risk/high-reward… Tim Wright might be low-end TE1 worthy right away in Week 1… then when Gronk is back full-go, we will have to reevaluate Wright’s value. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski will not play every snap in Week 1.

According to Mike Reiss on Twitter, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had this to say on his Week 1 playing time: “Definitely not [playing] every single snap. But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good.”

SMITTY: If he is playing, he is worth starting, as Gronk could catch just two passes, but both could be touchdowns. Hopefully he gets healthier each week. It will be interesting to see how much action Tim Wright gets in Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tim Wright traded to the Patriots.

According to reports, the Patriots have acquired TE Tim Wright and a 2015 4th-round pick from the Bucs in exchange for LG Logan Mankins.

SMITTY: Some will speculate this has something to do with the health of Rob Gronkowski, but we aren’t sure that’s the case. Wright will replace the old role occupied by Aaron Hernandez, and it’s a nice safety net in case Gronk gets hurt again. Smart move by the Patriots, and it makes Wright an interesting fantasy TE2 in 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski currently limping?

According to reports, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is still favoring his right knee in practice, and multiple reports are suggesting that the tight end was running with a noticeable limp during Thursday’s practice.

SMITTY: Rob Gronkowski is the definition of high-risk/high-reward. He could pull in 1,000+ yard and 10-14TDs in 2014, or he could miss half a season and pull in half those stats. Drafting Gronk in to 2014 boils down to where you can get him, and currently his ADP sits almost too high at 3.04. I personally won’t pay that kind of price in redraft. As of now, we still have Rob Gronkowski projecting well on our Week 1 Power Rankings, but if better news doesn’t break here in the next couple weeks, you might see us quickly adjust his, and Tom Brady’s, Week 1 outlook.

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski could be ready for Week 1 despite conflicting reports.

Adam Schefter on Twitter stated that he is “Still optimism for opener” despite recent reports suggesting his Week 1 status could be in question.

SMITTY: It’s tough to know what’s going on with Rob Gronkowski right now, but it does not appear that he is injured… this all seems relatively precautionary. Until we hear otherwise, expect him to be ready for Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski not to play in preseason, but is practicing?

According to, it “would be a surprise to see Rob Gronkowski play in any of New England’s preseason games” in 2014. He is practicing during both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.

SMITTY: I don’t think any Rob Gronkowski owners want to see him taking any more hits than he has to, and I highly-doubt the lack of action will impact his ability to pull in touchdown passes from Tom Brady. If healthy all year long, and that’s a big if, Gronk could easily pull in 80 passes for well over 1,100 yards and a strong shot at double-digit touchdowns, if not more like 12+ (and Brady could return to the top 3-5 for fantasy QBs for one more season). If I had to predict a number of games played for Gronk this upcoming season, I’d say 13-14, but anything can happen. Checkout where we have Rob Gronkowski ranked on our Week 1 Power Rankings.