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Rob Gronkowski is an absolute beast of a football player and one of the best tight ends ever, both on the field and in fantasy. But he's also one of the more injury-prone players in the NFL. And for much of 2018, he's struggled with a couple of different ailments.

He's still managed to be on the field for almost every game this year, but his production has slipped to near career-low levels. 

​​Gronkowski once scored 17 touchdowns in a single season and has scored double-digit touchdowns in five different seasons, so if there's one thing he knows how to do it's find the end zone. But he been nearly incapable of doing that this year.

Gronk obviously isn't 100 percent, but you'd think he'd bully his way to a touchdown at some point over the past six games. Part of the problem is the fact that he's only gotten two red-zone targets all year, so the Patriots aren't exactly feeding him when they get close to the end zone. He's also being doubled a lot, which leads to Tom Brady looking elsewhere.

Still, if you're a Gronkowski fantasy owner, it's time to get a little worried as we don't know if Gronk will be able to regain his former glory while being so banged up. If teams keep focusing on double-covering him and he's hurt, it'll be hard for him to remain a top-10 fantasy tight end. Right now, he's amazingly eighth-ranked fantasy tight end and has roughly the same amount of points as Atlanta's Austin Hooper.

For his fantasy owners sake, hopefully the Patriots will start feeding the beast in the red-zone over the second half of the season, and into your fantasy playoffs.

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