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Rob Gronkowski listed as questionable for Week 11 vs. Giants

We break down the news that Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski appears to be on the mend.

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks off the field after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Chicago Bears 38-3 in the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Saturday update: The Bucs have instead listed Gronk as questionable for Monday Night Football. After two full practices on Thursday and Friday, he was a DNP on Saturday.

Update: Gronkowski doesn’t carry an injury designation ahead of the team’s Week 11 contest against the Giants, meaning the tight end is set to suit up for Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned to practice on Thursday as they begin preparations for Week 11 Monday Night Football against the New York Giants and they got some good news. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was a full participant in practice, per the team’s injury report.

Gronkowski has been dealing with a back injury and did not practice at all last week. He has played in one game since Week 3.

Fantasy football implications

There is always a potential concern Gronk could aggravate the injury, but otherwise, he would appear on track to play on Monday. He’s facing a Giants defense that ranks 16th in defending tight ends.

Regardless of ranking, if healthy, Gronk is a must-start in fantasy. He ranks 23rd in total points due to his injury absences, but even with a goose-egg in Week 8, he’s still averaging the third most fantasy points per game. Two touchdowns in Week 1 and two more in Week 2 gave him a huge boost. We won’t see that much scoring on a regular basis, but he’s a strong red zone threat for Tom Brady.