Rob Gronkowski: Updated Fantasy Outlook After Monster Week 11 Outing

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystNovember 18, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots beats Kavell Conner #53 of the Indianapolis Colts into the end zone for a touchdown in the first half at Gillette Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Update (11/18/12, 9:30 P.M. EST): Rob Gronkowski's monster Week 11 outing carried with it a devastating price, as after this article was written Ian Rapoport of broke the news that Gronkowski has suffered a broken forearm that will sideline him for four to six weeks, effectively destroying his fantasy value for the rest of 2012.

The New England Patriots tied a franchise record in scoring 59 points against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and while the defense and special teams were responsible for three touchdowns, the offense did plenty of damage on its own.

The charge was led by quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. The third-year pro, who was a first-round pick in many fantasy drafts over the summer, reeled in seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, pacing all players at his position in fantasy points for the week.

The statistical explosion really wasn't that out of place given the tear that Gronkowski has been on of late. Week 11 marked the third time in four games that Gronkowski has caught two touchdown passes, the fourth game in a row in which he's found the end zone and the second time in a month that Gronkowski has eclipsed 100 receiving yards.

That rampage has vaulted Gronkowski to the top of this year's tight-end rankings, which is no doubt a welcome sight for fantasy owners who spent much of the early part of the season wringing their hands as Gronkowski got off to something of a slow start.

Granted, even a player as good as Gronkowski can't keep this ridiculous pace up, and if Aaron Hernandez ever works his way back into the lineup from his high-ankle sprain, Gronkowski's targets and production may take a dip.

With that said, it's only going to dip from "obscene" to "excellent," and given that on Sunday Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history to record 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three NFL seasons, it's a pretty safe bet that Gronkowski is going to remain the most dangerous red-zone target in the NFL.

Which is just fine with him, I'm sure, because if there's one thing we've learned over Rob Gronkoski's career it's this:

Gronk like touchdowns.

And for that reason, fantasy owners very much like Gronk.