Rob Gronkowski should once again be considered the No. 1 Fantasy tight end for 2018, and he should have the chance for another stellar campaign. He had another outstanding season in 2017 when he was the No. 1 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues, and he's been No. 1 at his position three times in the past four seasons when he's played at least 14 games. Gronkowski could even see a boost in production with Brandin Cooks and Dion Lewis gone, as that's 10 touchdowns the Patriots have to replace this year. But even if Gronkowski doesn't benefit from the loss of Cooks and Lewis then he should still dominate based on his own level of production. Gronkowski is worth drafting in Round 2 in the majority of leagues.
Gronkowski is expected to report to training camp July 25, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gronkowski's absence from the voluntary portion of the Patriots' offseason program led some rumors that he could be a holdout during training camp. He may be displeased with his contract, but he showed up for mandatory minicamp in June and apparently intends to do the same for the start of training camp, perhaps hoping the team will reward his show of good faith. With Brandin Cooks off to Los Angeles and Julian Edelman suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Gronkowski needs to gear up for a high-volume role early in the year. The 29-year-old tight end has two years remaining on his contract, but he's hinted at the possibility of early retirement.
Gronkowski participated in Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Gronkowski's main motivation for skipping the team's voluntary OTAs was that he believed that training on his own during that span was optimal. The star tight end has two years remaining on his deal with the Patriots, but it's possible that his below-market deal could be tweaked in his favor. In any case, Gronkowski is presumably in good health at this point in the offseason, so if he can avoid any significant injury issues in advance of the coming campaign, he'll be poised to retain elite fantasy status at his position.
Gronkowski confirmed Sunday that he will attend mandatory minicamp, ESPN reports. "We've got mandatory minicamp this week. So I'll be there this week," Gronkowski said. "I'll be full go. I'm looking forward to it. Can't wait to get back to work. I'm excited." Gronkowski has been skipping OTAs while working towards a new contract agreement with the Patriots, but he won't risk any fines by skipping the mandatory portion of the offseason. It's a strong sign he intends to show up for the start of training camp, and perhaps also a sign he expects to get his desired pay bump. Gronkowski led all tight ends with 1,084 receiving yards last season, despite missing two games.
Gronkowski and the Patriots have reportedly made progress toward a new contract, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Be it in the form of a raise, or an extension, it looks like Gronkowski will be playing this coming season under new contract terms. Either way, he's slated to be present for the Patriots' mandatory minicamp (June 5-7), as is starting QB Tom Brady.
Gronkowski is skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason program, but the Patriots expect the tight end to attend mandatory minicamp, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "I'm pretty sure he'll be here as well [for the minicamp]," owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday The rumor mill swirled in New England following Super Bowl LII, with both Tom Brady and Gronkowski waiting until April to commit to playing in 2018. When healthy, Gronkowski consistently has been Brady's top target in the passing attack, reeling off four 1,000-yard seasons and recording at least 10 touchdowns five times in eight campaigns. Although Gronkowski reached the former threshold last year, he hasn't achieved double-digit end-zone visits since 2015. Even if he stays away from Foxboro the next month, he'll reunite with Brady in late July once training camp begins in earnest.
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|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||12||6.06|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||6||5.38|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||23||7.25|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||23||7.25|
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