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|The Giants tight end situation took a turn for the worse in the Super Bowl when Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both suffered torn ACL’s during the team’s 21-17 victory over the Patriots. That led to the signing of free agent Martellus Bennett, a career underachiever in Dallas. While Bennett is a talented player with outstanding size and solid speed, he comes to the Giants after a four-year run in Dallas where he failed to emerge as a weapon for the Cowboys. After a solid rookie season in 2008 with 20 receptions for 283 yards and four touchdowns, Bennett averaged just 22 receptions for 188 yards over the next three seasons, failing to find the end zone. While his signing seemed to signal a solid opportunity, offseason reports that he had ballooned to close to 300 pounds put a damper on those expectations. Even though the Giants lack a proven third wide receiver behind Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, it is hard to get excited by Bennett’s prospects for 2012. Pluck him off the waiver wire if he has a solid start to the season.
| Gronk questionable, limited in practice Friday -- Fri Nov 25 4:30 pm --|
Tight end's status unclear
|Tight end Rob Gronkowski was also a limited participant on Friday to wrap up a week of practices after missing last Sunday’s game with a chest injury. There was a report Thursday that Gronkowski will miss this week’s game as well, but the Patriots have listed him as questionable along with Brady. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: Basically all of the Patriots fantasy relevant players in the passing game are questionable. Tom Brady, Gronk, Julian Edelman, Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan. It would be a complete shock if Brady, Edelman and Bennett didn't play. Gronk and Hogan are still up in the air. Perhaps we'll get more clarification before the late-afternoon kickoff on Sunday.
| Rob Gronkowski expected to miss Week 12 -- Wed Nov 23 8:45 am --|
|Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play this Sunday against the Jets. The Patriots staff is prepping the offense without him per sources. (Dianna Russini on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gronk took a vicious hit to the chest in Week 10 that caused him to miss Week 11. Martellus Bennett will once again be on the TE1 radar in a matchup with the Jets who are right in the middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to the position.
| Rob Gronkowski misses practice Friday -- Fri Nov 18 11:45 am --|
Missed pactice all week
|Rob Gronkowski was not present at the New England Patriots' practice on Friday. That means he has not practiced at all this week, making it extremely unlikely that he played the Patriots' Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: It's seems unlikely that Gronk will play but we should get a better idea by Saturday. If he sits, Martellus Bennett would vault into TE1 territory and make for a great DFS option in Week 11.
| Gronk not at practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 17 4:50 pm --|
Second straight missed practice
|TE Rob Gronkowski (chest) is not present for Thursday's practice, marking the second straight day he has been absent with a chest injury. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Owners should have their answer regarding Gronk's playing status by Friday, when the Patriots get on the plane to go to San Francisco. He had to cancel a non-football commitment because he wasn't cleared to fly and there has been a suspicion all week he will not play against the 49ers. With games against the Jets and Rams over the next two weeks, don't be surprised if the Pats play this situation very cautiously. Martellus Bennett is a near-elite TE1 play this week.
| Gronkowski suffered punctured lung in Week 10 -- Mon Nov 14 8:30 pm --|
Expected to miss Week 11
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung on Sunday vs. Seahawks, according to sources. But could miss just one game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gronkowski was understandably staggered after taking a vicious legal hit from Earl Thomas and missed a few plays before returning. Martellus Bennett started going off almost immediately after it happened, and he stands to benefit the most should Gronk missed Week 11 against San Francisco. In such a case, Bennett stands to be an elite TE1 play.