You can argue that Rob Gronkowski is the most important Fantasy option at any position because of the way he dominates at the tight end position, and that shouldn't change this season. He is the No. 1 tight end coming into the year and he should finish on top based on his track record. Gronkowski had 72 catches for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015 for the Patriots, which is the third time in the past five seasons he's had at least 72 catches, 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. He finished 44 Fantasy points better than Greg Olsen, and this is the third time he's finished as the No. 1 tight end since 2011, with his fourth time in the top two. The addition of Martellus Bennett could hurt Gronkowski, especially in the red zone, but we're not worried. He should be drafted as a Top 5 overall player in the majority of leagues and is definitely worth drafting in Round 1. He's a dominant force and should once again be the best tight end - and possibly best player - in all formats.
Gronkowski (undisclosed) took part in individual drills at Monday's practice, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. Gronkowski has been limited during the early days of minicamp while dealing with an undisclosed injury, though the team has intimated that it's nothing serious. The Pro Bowler worked with the first team Monday and participated in tight end drills with the rest of the position group, so he appears to have moved past whatever mystery ailment he'd been dealing with.
Gronkowski (undisclosed) was one of 13 Patriots' players who didn't practice Tuesday at the team's mandatory minicamp, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. The report relays that Gronkowski reported to the minicamp with his teammates and is said to be getting in some work "behind the scenes" as the team proceeds cautiously with the tight end, who is dealing with an "undisclosed physical ailment that isn't considered a long-range concern." Meanwhile, with Gronkowski not participating in practice Tuesday, newcomer Martellus Bennett saw added 1-on-1 time with QB Tom Brady.
The Patriots exercised Gronkowski's $6 million option bonus Monday, which triggered the final four years of the star tight end's existing contract with the team, the Boston Herald reports. The move was procedural in nature, but the option was in place for the Patriots in the event that any sort of long-term injury issues crept into the picture, but following two straight regular seasons in which Gronkowski played in 15 games, securing the remainder of his deal with the team was a no-brainer for the franchise. Gronkowski finished up the 2015 season with with 1,176 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 72 catches and heads into the coming campaign firmly atop fantasy tight end cheat cheats once again.
Gronkowski won't need offseason surgery on his knee or back, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. Gronkowski struggled to stay healthy for a fourth consecutive year, as he missed one game in 2015 due to a minor knee strain. Additionally, a back issue afflicted him in both playoff tilts, but the touchdown machine still struck three total times against the Chiefs and Broncos. After a third 1,000-yard and fifth double-digit touchdown campaign in six professional seasons, he'll enter draft season as the clear-cut No. 1 tight end.
Gronkowski caught eight of 15 targets for 144 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game. The All-Pro was a difference-maker once again Sunday, leading the Patriots in catches and yards versus the stout Broncos defense, and he brought the Patriots within a two-point conversion of tying the game late in the fourth quarter. Gronk shook off a mid-season knee injury to play in 15 contests for the second consecutive season, and he once again delivered, with 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns. Gronkowski will undoubtedly be among the fantasy elite once again when the 2016 season rolls around.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||2||4.75|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||2||4.75|
|3 Year Avg||106||64||964||9||48||15.06||150|