Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears
|TE - #8||75.18||CHI||Active||7 years||28||6'6||265|
2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-25-2015 by Shawn Childs
After spending his first four years behind TE Jason Witten in Dallas, Bennett has improved each of the last two years after finally earning starting snaps in 2012. Last year, Martellus set career highs in catches (90), yards (916), targets (128), and touchdowns (six). His bump in opportunity was created by a down year by Marshall due to an ankle injury plus a shorter passing window that forced Cutler to look for Bennett on many drop down passes. Games score also led to many catches in garbage time. Bennett caught 70.3 percent of his chances. He finished five games with double-digit targets and nine games with five catches or more. After scoring four TDs in his first three games, Martellus only scored two TDs in his last 13 games. His success will no doubt keep him involved in the passing games, but it's tough to believe his opportunity is repeatable. I'd set the bar at 70 catches for 800 yards with mid-range TDs and hope for more upside. Bennett is a solid top 10 TE with some big game ability. This year, Martellus is fully price (ADP - 71 as the 5th TE option), which forces a fantasy owner into a tough decision.
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett
After skipping all of OTAs and minicamp, Martellus Bennett reported when training camp opened up. Although he struggled mightily on day one, it's a good sign that he showed up. He insists that he has no hard feelings toward anybody and the whole ordeal was simply business. "It's Day 1 again, so everybody starts all over again," Bennett said. "Some terminology and still learning some things like that, but overall … I don't think anyone has the offense down. I may be a leg behind, but I'm a pretty quick learner … Every American, every person in the whole world, should be trying to get a new contract. And if they're not, I think they're silly. It's just business. I have no hard feelings against anybody. I have several business deals this offseason that worked and didn't work out. Some deals get done, some don't. Still have to come work and do my job."Fantasy Analysis:
The Black Unicorn is back in full effect. Despite the fact that he fell flat on his face trying to run around a tackling dummy, he is still a very valuable fantasy asset. His value is currently very high too. He's being drafted as the TE7. You may see his ADP jump now that he's reported and we're inching closer to the season. Last season he caught 90 passes for 916 yards and six TDs. Those numbers may be hard to match but he should still be going ahead of guys like Julius Thomas and Zach Ertz who are being drafted right in front of him.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/31 - Bears TE Martellus Bennett reports to training camp
7/30 - Bears WR Kevin White injury 'not a long-term problem'
7/24 - Bears considering signing free agent TE Jermaine Gresham
7/11 - Bears GM Ryan Pace believes WR Marquess Wilson 'can play all over'
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|11.09||#5 World Ranked - I finally pulled the trigger on a TE but wound up with a guy I think finishes inside the top 10. The Bears offense will be improved from last year and all of their position players will benefit.|
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