Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
TE - #3 28.99 NE Questionable 5 years 25 6'6 265 @RobGronkowski

2014 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)

Last updated on Jun-24-2014 by Daniel Kalles

Rob Gronkowski is the premiere tight end when healthy, putting up numbers that can compare with any of the top wide receivers in the game. Needless to say, his biggest issue has been staying healthy (only played in 18 games over last two seasons). When healthy, Gronk can go toe-to-toe with TE Jimmy Graham. The word out of OTAs is that he looks great. He is running, cutting and catching everything thrown his way and playing without any restrictions. Keep a close on eye on how he progresses through training camp and preseason. If he is a full go to start the season, try and get him. He won't disappoint and will be locked-in as a starter all year. This all assumes Gronkowski is on the field though, which is quickly becoming the exception, not the rule.

Latest Update

Jul-30-14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski likely to sit out preseason

Gronkowski will likely sit out the entirety of the preseason schedule as he recovers from knee surgery, according to the Boston Globe. The fourth-year tight end has undergone six surgeries in the past two years, and has not played a full season since 2011. Gronkowski was cleared for training camp, but has thus far been held out of organized team drills, instead working individually on the sidelines, or with small groups. In seven games in 2013, Gronkowski caught 39 balls for 592 yards and four touchdowns.

Fantasy Analysis:

As expected, the Patriots are being extremely careful with their star TE as he returns to the team. Gronkowski is a very important piece of the New England passing game, and they won't take any unnecessasry risks with his health leading up to the season. That said, though, it will be much harder for fantasy owners to assess Gronkowski's game-readiness, without first seeing him on the field. Gronkowski expects to be ready for Week 1, but how ready he is physically may be a different question. He's currently being drafted like he's fully recovered, at 28th overall, but there may be a greater element of risk here than some fantasy owners realize.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/30 - Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski likely to sit out preseason
7/28 - Patriots QB Tom Brady wants team to perform like San Antonio Spurs
7/27 - Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski takes part in full-team practice
7/25 - New England TE Rob Gronkowski not 100% yet
7/23 - Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski avoids PUP list
7/20 - Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski thinks he will play every game this season
7/18 - Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski may begin training camp on PUP list Injury
7/8 - Optimism regarding injured Patriots WR Aaron Dobson, TE Rob Gronkowski Injury

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
4.09 FFToolbox - George Bissell 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
3.03 Gridiron Experts - Now I generally never take a tight end before the middle rounds, but the recent, and justified, injury woes are causing Gronkowski's ADP to slip. For me, it's starting to reek of value, so I grabbed him instead of a group of talented, but deep receivers. My strategy in all future drafts will be similar to this- if I like the value of Graham or Gronk, I'll grab them. Otherwise, you'll see me take a tight end in about round 8.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
3.01 FantasyTaz - Either you believe or you don't: I believe. Gronk is just head and shoulders above all other TEs for me, but of course the injury risk is real. But even with missing 5 games last year he still finished as a Top 5 tight end. in fact he outscored every other TE by over 3 1/2 points in average points per game. If we get 13 weeks out of him then he will be the #1 TE in 2013. No way would he have been available at my next pick.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
4.02 DynastyLeagueFootball 
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