Bucs HC Bruce Arians called '12' personnel his "base offense" on Thursday. ('12' personnel means 1 RB, 2 WRs and 2 TEs.) The Bucs went '12' on 23% of their snaps last season -- the 8th highest rate in the league. Over the past 2 seasons, only 1 team (the 2019 Eagles) has gone '12' on more than 36% of their snaps. We'll buy the Bucs using more 2-TE looks this year after adding Rob Gronkowski to O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. But don't expect it to be their most common alignment. It's still unlikely that more than 1 of those TEs is a reliable fantasy option. The other result of more 2-TE sets will be more snaps outside the numbers for WR Chris Godwin. That might ding his volume a tad but shouldn't be a big concern overall. Godwin was actually more efficient outside the numbers last season, averaging 2.27 yards per route run vs. 2.22 in the slot.
Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski told NFL Network's Michael Giardi that he's "feeling good, feeling healthy." He admitted that his body "100% needed a rest." Gronk appeared to drop a lot of weight over the last year but said he's back up to 250 pounds -- 10 to 15 pounds lighter than he last played at. His conditioning has suddenly become 1 of the biggest fantasy storylines of the offseason, considering it'll have been about a year-and-a-half between his last 2 games.
ESPN's Adam Schefter -- and others -- report that the Buccaneers are sending a 4th-round pick to the Patriots for TE Rob Gronkowski and a 7th-rounder, pending a physical. The news follows recent rumors that Gronk was looking to return to the NFL. The trade to Tampa Bay obviously reunites him with QB Tom Brady. It also complicates the outlook for Bucs TE O.J. Howard, unless he can move on in his own trade. Bruce Arians' use of Howard disappointed fantasy owners mightily in the HC's 1st year with the Bucs. But there would be little reason for this deal unless Tampa planned to get the ball to Gronkowski plenty. The 31-year-old (as of May 14) declined in 2018 but still ranked 9th in PPR points per game among TEs.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski on Sunday announced via Instagram that he's retiring. That leaves New England with Stephen Anderson, Jacob Hollister, Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse at the position. Hollister and Dwayne Allen combined for the team's only 7 TE receptions outside of Gronk's 47. The oft-injured veteran clearly declined over the past couple of years, but we also expect New England to address the position in at least the NFL Draft or free agency now that Gronkowski's done. Even if they add a TE or 2, Gronk's departure figures to leave targets and red-zone chances available for multiple positions.
Patriots WR Josh Gordon announced Thursday that he's stepping away from the team to focus on his mental health. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. Don't expect to see him on the field again this season -- and this could spell the end of Gordon's NFL career. It's obviously a significant loss for the Patriots. Gordon has played over 70% of New England offensive snaps since arriving and averaged 6.2 targets per game. WR Chris Hogan would seem like the big winner, but he averaged just 4.7 targets and 2.3 catches over the first 3 weeks before the Gordon trade. We should see some more WR Cordarrelle Patterson, while WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White could also pick up an extra target or 2.
Update: Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. It's the 5th suspension of his NFL career and could result in permanent banishment from the league.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Titans. New England has a Week 11 bye, so we’ll see if Gronk is ready to return come Week 12.
The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) is not expected to play against the Titans on Sunday. That jibes with ESPN's Adam Schefter's report earlier this week. New England has a Week 11 bye, so Gronk will have had nearly a month off when the team returns to action in Week 12. "The Pats seem to be hoping that some rest in November will allow Gronkowski to recapture his top form down the stretch," Duffy writes. Fantasy owners are hoping for the same.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans after 3 limited practices. Gronk got in just 2 limited practices last week before ending up inactive, so he’s in a slightly better situation this week. And, more importantly, we’ll find out his status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, Gronk will be a mid-range TE1.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was limited last Wednesday, sat out on Thursday and limited again Friday before missing the Sunday night game. We'll track his status over the next few days, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that New England might opt to hold Gronk out of Sunday's game against the Titans with their bye coming in Week 11.
ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested on Monday Night Countdown that the Patriots could hold TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) out of Sunday's game against the Titans with their bye coming in Week 11. "So if they rest Gronkowski this week, that would get him two weeks of rest for the price of one," Schefter said. "But these issues have nagged at Gronkowski all year long. They continue to do the same." We'll track Gronk's status this week, but fantasy owners should be making other plans for Week 10.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Packers. Dwayne Allen will operate as New England’s lead TE but would be a desperation fantasy play. We’d rather use Titans TE Jonnu Smith tomorrow night if you’re searching for a Gronk replacement.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that there's "concern" about TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) and RB Sony Michel's (knee) statuses for tonight's game against the Packers. Both guys were limited in practice this week and are listed as questionable. It sounds like final decisions on their statuses will be made after pre-game warmups. That means we won't know whether they're playing until around 7 pm ET. If you have other viable options, Gronk and Michel should be on fantasy benches now.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Packers. He got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested on Friday afternoon that Gronk should be able to play in this one. Keep him penciled into fantasy lineups for now. We'll look for an update on Gronkowski's status on Sunday morning.
After putting in a limited practice on Wednesday, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) was sidelined on Thursday. It's unclear if he's having more back issues or just got the day off. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow. If you're deciding between Gronk and Jared Cook, we'd use Cook tonight. George Kittle has become shakier with QB Nick Mullens starting.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is active for tonight's game against the Bills. Get him in season-long lineups if you were waiting on him. Gronk is a risk/reward play in DFS.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski wouldn't guarantee that he'll play against the Bills on Monday night, but it sure sounds like he's on track to suit up. "Obviously I feel better. I've been taking steps every single day forward," Gronk said Saturday. "Definitely at this time last week, we're way better [now]." We'll look for another update on his status Sunday morning, but Gronkowski can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski doesn’t know whether he’ll play Monday night against the Bills, according to ESPN. Gronk does plan to travel with the team, so it sounds like a game-time decision. He’s officially questionable. If you have another quality option, that’s probably the way to go in your fantasy lineup. If you’d be reaching for a streaming-level replacement, then it might be worth waiting and stashing Dwayne Allen as lineup insurance.
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