Patriots WR Julian Edelman is facing a 4-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Edelman has appealed the ban, so we'll see if it gets reduced. But fantasy owners should now be drafting as if he'll miss the first 4 games of the season. Edelman is returning from last August's torn ACL but had averaged 9.6 targets per game over the previous 3 seasons. So this is a big opportunity opening up in an offense that's finished top 12 in passing yards in an incredible 16 straight years. WR Chris Hogan is a good bet to serve as New England's #1 WR during Edelman's suspension. Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson will battle for snaps behind Hogan.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will attend this week's mandatory minicamp, he told reporters during a charity event on Monday. "I’ll be full go. I’m looking forward to it," he added. "Can’t wait to get back to work. I’m excited.” Gronk stirred up retirement rumors after the Super Bowl and didn't take part in OTAs. But he's fully committed for the 2018 season and deserves to be atop his position in fantasy football rankings. Gronkowski has come off the board in the early 3rd round of best-ball drafts over the past 2 weeks. He's a value there.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to continue his career in 2018. Sources close to the veteran TE reportedly say he has yet to make a formal decision but that Gronk is more likely to continue playing than retire. Fantasy football owners should operate under that assumption for now. It’s a good time, however, to at least look into the seller’s market on Gronkowski in dynasty leagues. Gronk carries solid value in 2018 best-ball drafting so far.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has cleared the concussion protocol. He'll play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Eagles, who finished the regular season 14th in fantasy points allowed to TEs and 17th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings. Gronk has posted lines of 2-26 and 6-68-1 in 2 Super Bowls.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. It means that he's made progress through the protocol but still has at least 1 more stage to clear. We'll continue to track his progress leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on Saturday. While he remains in the concussion protocol, this development puts the 28-year-old on track to play in the Super Bowl.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski missed the team's 1st real practice Thursday ahead of the Super Bowl. New England also listed him as "DNP" for Wednesday, but the team didn't actually practice. It's not surprising that Gronk has yet to get back onto the field after leaving Sunday's win over the Jaguars with a concussion -- given that there's still more than a week until game time. We'll certainly keep tabs on his progress through the protocol.
The Patriots are "optimistic" that TE Rob Gronkowski will be cleared from his concussion for the Super Bowl, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. (Frankly, it doesn't matter how the team feels about Gronk's chances considering he needs to pass through the league's protocol, but we're short on things to write about this time of the year.) He'll have 2 full weeks to gain clearance from the 1st known concussion of his career.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been ruled out for the remainder of the game against the Jaguars. He suffered a concussion in the 2nd quarter on a hit by Jacksonville S Barry Church.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been suspended 1 game for his body-slam shot to the head of Bills CB Tre'Davious White. Gronk might appeal the ban but is a long shot to win that. It was a stupid, dirty play that concussed White. Gronkowski fully deserves to sit down for a game. It's obviously a tough break for fantasy owners, who will need to survive without their stud TE. Gronk's 7.7 targets per game figure to be spread to Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola and the RBs. We could also see New England go run heavy against the Dolphins -- especially if WR Chris Hogan remains out.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) was removed from the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He told reporters afterward that he’s “ready to roll.” Lock Gronk back into fantasy lineups.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) was on the field for the start of practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. The Pats won't release an official practice report until tomorrow, but Gronk appears to be on track to return for Sunday's game against the Jets. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the Patriots expect TE Rob Gronkowski back for Week 6. The thigh injury he suffered in Wednesday's practice is believed to be minor, but he wasn't able to play 24 hours later. Another 9 days of rest and recovery should do the trick. We'll monitor Gronk's status throughout next week.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is officially inactive for tonight's game against the Bucs. ESPN's Adam Schefter called his injury a "thigh contusion," but that's all we know right now. Gronk has 10 days to get ready for Week 6 against the Jets. Dwayne Allen figures to serve as New England's top pass-catching TE tonight, but Gronk's targets will also be spread to Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and James White.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is not expected to play against the Bucs tonight. Whoah. Gronk was limited in Wednesday's practice and listed as questionable, but there had been no indication that he was in danger of missing this game. Schefter calls Gronkowski's injury a "thigh contusion." We'll get New England's official inactive list around 7 pm ET, but Gronk should obviously be out of fantasy lineups now. His absence would leave Dwayne Allen as the Patriots' lead TE -- and a TD-dependent fantasy flier.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) will play against the Bucs tonight. But he adds that Gronk "figures to be limited some." It's unclear exactly what that means for his snap and target counts, but he's obviously dealing with a legitimate injury. It's a reason to consider fading Gronkowski in DFS. But he remains a must-start in season-long leagues.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was added to the injury report on Wednesday with a thigh. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. We've heard nothing to suggest that Gronkowski is in real danger of missing this game, but we'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET on Thursday. Gronk, of course, is a must-start if active.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and told reporters that he’s “good to go.” Gronk remains an elite fantasy play.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) "should play" against the Texans today. That's been the general consensus for the past couple of days now. We'll find out Gronk's official status by noon ET, but go ahead and pencil him into fantasy lineups.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Texans after limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He told reporters on Friday afternoon that he’s “good to go.” We’ll find out Gronk’s official status by noon ET on Sunday. Assuming he’s active, he belongs glued into fantasy lineups.
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