| Julian Edelman lands on injury report|
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 6, 7:45 pm
|The Patriots made an addition to their injury report after Thursday’s practice.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman wasn’t on Wednesday’s report, but popped up as a limited participant in practice with his foot given as the reason. There aren’t any details about the reason for the change in status. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: No cause for alarm yet, but it is a bit troubling considering Edelman has had two foot surgeries in the last year and wasn't on Wednesday's injury report. With Tom Brady back from suspension, Edelman is a high-end WR2 in PPR formats. If he has to sit out this game, however, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola stand to benefit the most, especially since Rob Gronkowski isn't 100 percent yet.
|Rob Gronkowski active for Week 3|
Cleared to play for first time since Aug. 15 hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 22, 7:20 pm
|While the New England Patriots are planning to enter Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans with rookie Jacoby Brissett as their only quarterback, they will be boosted by the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will be active, a league source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gronkowski can immediately be inserted back into lineup, but expectations need to be kept a bit in check since Brissett is making his first start against a pretty stout defense in the Texans. Given the circumstances, Gronk should be considered a midrange TE1 in part because he could very well be on a snap count. The good news is that Gronkowski should return to the consensus top tight end in fantasy and be up to speed by the time Tom Brady returns in Week 5.
| Gronkowski telling teammates he plans to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Sep 22, 9:00 am
|Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been telling teammates all week that he plans to make his 2016 season debut tonight. (Boston Globe)|
FFToday's Take: Definitive information is hard to come by with the Patriots however it appears Gronk is going to suit up against the Texans Thursday night. How much he plays is anyone's guess, but if he's on the field, he should be in your lineup.
| Rob Gronkowski to miss 2nd straight game|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 18, 8:30 am
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins because of a hamstring injury, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This is the second straight week Gronkowski has missed after injuring the hamstring Aug. 15 in a joint practice with the Chicago Bears. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk was limited in practice all week so this news isn't much of a surprise. Martellus Bennett will fill Gronk's shoes and makes for TE2 consideration.
| Gronk to sit again?|
Limited in practice all week
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Sep 17, 12:45 pm
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Miami Dolphins. Based on what I saw in a limited peek at practice this week, my feeling is that it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronkowski remains sidelined. He is still limited. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk owners need to have Plan B in place for Sunday. The Patriots do play at 1:00 PM Eastern, so we will a firm report on his status by 11:30 AM. Martellus Bennett would get the start again if Gronk sits and be on the TE2 radar after being used mostly as a blocker in Week 1.
| Rob Gronkowski back at practice|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 14, 1:00 pm
|Rob Gronkowski is returning to the practice field.
After missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury, the star tight end will be at practice Wednesday, NFL Network's Courtney Fallon reported. Gronk practiced in a limited capacity all last week before being ruled out for the game on Friday, as first reported by Fallon.
FFToday's Take: Gronk's week is getting off to a good start. Despite his practice status, he'll likely end up being listed Questionable at the end of the week. If he suits up on Sunday against the Dolphins, he'll be the top-ranked tight end.
| Rob Gronkowski out Week 1|
Didn't make the trip to Arizona
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 9, 8:00 pm
|The Patriots announced Friday that tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday night, along with offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and Nate Solder.
Gronk was limited in practice all week after injuring his hamstring a fortnight ago. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk's pre-season hamstring injury is going to cost him at least Week 1. His absence means TE Martellus Bennett should see a slight increase in usage along with WR Julian Edelman. Jimmy Garoppolo will have his hands full with the Arizona defense on the road and without his best receiving threat.
| Gronk's Week 1 status in some doubt|
Decision reportedly to come down to coaches and medical staff
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 8, 8:30 pm
|Rob Gronkowski's injured hamstring is serious enough that he wouldn't guarantee that he will play in Sunday night's season-opening game against the Arizona Cardinals. "Yeah, it boils to a coaching decision, the medical team, and myself. We'll all get together and collaborate and see where I'm at," Gronkowski said Thursday. Gronkowski has been a limited participant in practice this week and when asked if he was 100 percent, he answered, "No, I'm not. Since that one time during practices versus the Bears [Aug. 15], I've just been week-to-week with a little hammy thing. So it's just been week-to-week, day-by-day, but I'm feeling good." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Considering this is the Patriots, it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronk lights up the Cardinals on Sunday night. To that end, two sources have already suggested he'll play "barring an unexpected setback". With that said, owners need to prepare themselves for the possibility he won't suit up. Martellus Bennett would go from low-end TE1 to a midrange one in such a case, while James White and Julian Edelman could be in line for more work in the passing game.
| Gronk limited in practice|
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Sep 7, 5:45 pm
|Rob Gronkowski has been dealing with an undisclosed injury since August 15, when he pulled up on a route against the Bears during joint practice. We now know that the tight end is working his way through a hamstring injury. On the first practice report of the 2016 regular season, Gronkowski was listed a limited participant.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy's top tight end is already dealing with a nagging hamstring injury to open the year. There isn't any indication that his status for week 1 is in jeopardy but his owners will want to pay close attention to any news coming out of Foxborough over the next few days. Martellus Bennett would see his Week 1 stock rise towards the top of the weekly projections if Gronk was unable to play.
| Rob Gronkowski remains out of practice|
Mystery injury has sidelined Patriots TE for a week
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 22, 5:30 pm
|New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who pulled up along the sideline during practice on Aug. 15 with an injury that does not appear serious, was not present for the start of the team's on-field workout Monday.
Gronkowski has walked through the locker room on Sunday and Monday at the time reporters were present and showed no noticeable signs of an injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: There's no reason to suspect this is a Dion Lewis kind of situation, although Bill Belichick probably wouldn't let us know if it was. The Patriots have tried to take care of Gronkowski as much as possible lately, full well knowing his injury history and what he brings to the table. Gronk's absence does free up more snaps for Martellus Bennett and impressive first-year player A.J. Derby. For now, Gronkowski is still a fine selection in the early second round of most drafts.
|Patriots to use two TEs 80 percent of the time?|
ESPN reporter suggests Gronk, Bennett will share the field a lot
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 18, 5:10 pm
|With defenses paying extra attention to Rob Gronkowski, it will open up more opportunities for Martellus Bennett. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Patriots run more than 80 percent of their offensive snaps with both tight ends on the field, so it won't be a matter of playing time for Bennett as much as how defenses decide to handle the dual threat at the position. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Pats are going to run a two-tight package enough that Bennett should perform like a low-end TE1. With Gronk, Bennett, Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis all vying for catches each week, there may not be enough balls to go around to keep the fantasy owners of all four players happy. The injury histories of Edelman and Lewis may take care of that problem, however. Either way, don't be surprised if Bennett joins Gronk as a top-10 fantasy tight end.
| Rapoport: Gronk's injury considered 'minor'|
Pats TE seems to have avoided setback
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 16, 9:20 am
|Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) on Twitter: "Sounds like whatever caused #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to pull up at practice is as minor as it seemed. No worries." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It looks like Gronkowski is okay, but given his checkered injury history, Martellus Bennett looks like a pretty interesting value pick. Gronk is still a great early-round selection, but he does carry risk.
| Belichick sings the praises of Martellus Bennett|
Pats coach: "Not a whole lot that it looks like he can’t do"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 16, 9:15 am
|The New England Patriots coach lauded the size and skill of Martellus Bennett Monday before the 6--6 tight end hit the field for a joint practice against Bennett’s former team, the Chicago Bears. (NESN)|
FFToday's Take: "It looks like he can do pretty much everything you want a tight end to do. He’s smart, very smart. He handles the formations and adjustments and things like that, which are a big part of our offense at that position. He handles those well, and it’s been pretty easy," Belichick said. It may be worth investing in Bennett as a low-end TE1 with upside, especially given Rob Gronkowski's penchant for injury.
| Gronk leaves practice early|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 15, 5:10 pm
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski left today's practice after pulling up while attempting to catch a Tom Brady pass to sideline in 7-on-7 drill. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronkowski reportedly did not fall to the ground, so he is most likely dealing with a soft-tissue injury of some sort. With this being the Patriots, however, we can expect to be kept in the dark about the ailment as long as possible. There haven't been any indications the mishap is/was serious, but Gronk has a fairly significant injury history. Martellus Bennett is the next man up and would be a fantasy TE1 in the event Gronk is sidelined for a while.
|Pats could run two-TE base set in 2016|
Martellus Bennett could have TE1 fantasy value despite Gronk presence
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 2, 12:44 pm
|NFL writer Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) on Twitter: "No surprise, but @MikeReiss says Patriots will return to a massive number of 2TE sets. Gronk and Bennett both heavily involved at goalline" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The two-TE base set could mean a possible return to the glory days of Rob Gronkowski and former Pats TE, convicted murderer and PCP enthusiast Aaron "He Who Shall Not Be Named" Hernandez, though they've had some trouble finding someone as talented as the Florida alum. Martellus Bennett could be the guy, and there should be plenty of TDs to go around.