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TE Martellus Bennett - New England Patriots

6-6, 259Born: 3-10-1987College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Wed Nov 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

All TE vs MIA

FBG says: Great matchup. Packed to the gills with playmaking weapons - even with Chris Hogan still sidelined by a shoulder injury - Tom Brady continues to pick apart opposing defenses and throw touchdowns seemingly at will. His numbers have rebounded back to early-season levels, with 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 312.7-yard per-game average over his last 3 games. Brady remains the league's premier pure passer, and week to week he's a matchup-proof play in the mix for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski remains a matchup-proof dynamo of his own, producing huge plays and/or drawing valuable downfield coverage every week, and Brandin Cooks has truly found his footing as Brady's top playmaker. Cooks has been quieter than expected thus far, but has produced 74+ yards in 6 of 10 games and remains a threat to score at any moment. Brady is having buckets of fun sending Cooks on deep routes, which opposing secondaries struggle to manage even with safety help. There isn't a compelling reason to expect Brady and company to slow down in Week 12; he remains the top quarterback in fantasy on any given week. It was certainly discouraging to see the Dolphins defense roll over against Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 34-year-old backup, fresh off a faceplant in his first relief start of the year in Week 10, looked rejuvenated in picking apart this shaky-at-best secondary. Fitzpatrick was allowed to complete a stunning 8 of his 11 deep attempts (15+ yards downfield), and it was disturbing just how easily it all came to him. The Dolphins continued to struggle to generate a pass rush, and in coverage they flailed mightily against not only Mike Evans but a host of supporting Buccaneers. DeSean Jackson and rookies Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard all recorded catches of 24+ yards of their own. All told, on the year Miami has allowed the league's 10th-most net yards per attempt, and their last 3 opposing quarterbacks have averaged a healthy 276.3 yards against them. This is a borderline-targetable unit, one that can be beaten badly by downfield passing games. Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks are licking their chops.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at DEN 7 3 38 0 0 3.8
11 at OAK 17 3 15 0 0 1.5
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Martellus Bennett was used sparingly as a check down option. He made three grabs for 15 yards on a short crossing routes.

2017 Week 7 vs NO (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Bennett has struggled this season anyway, so his sub-par performance this week was no shock considering he'd only just begun to show some life with Aaron Rodgers under center. With Brett Hundley, who looked about as lost as you can look, Bennett is invisible and will probably remain so.

2017 Week 6 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Bennett didn't do much of anything on Sunday, which was par for the course for the Packers once Aaron Rodgers was hurt. Bennett should have had a nice catch in the first on the play Rodgers was hurt on, but instead dropped the ball adding insult to literal injury.

2017 Week 5 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)

Bennett was invisible in the first half, as he struggled to get open. He saw three targets in the second, all of which he caught, and made an incredible catch for 33-yards, and was targeted for a big 14-yard pickup on the final game-winning drive. Bennett has been inconsistent, even though it seems as if Aaron Rodgers trusts him in big moments.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)

After a shaky Week 3, Bennett looked much more comfortable as he caught six of his seven targets, nearly scoring on one play before being brought down by a massive group of Bears at the five yard line. Overall it appeared as if he and Aaron Rodgers were more in sync, but the yardage hasn't begun to show it.

2017 Week 3 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Bennett continues to struggle with drops, adding another one his pile from this season which would have extended a Packers drive in the fourth quarter. He made up for it with a nice grab for 6-yards for a first down a little later when the Packers were driving for their game-tying touchdown to Jordy Nelson. Bennett still seems like he isn't quite comfortable right now, and is still working out the kinks he has in syncing up with Aaron Rodgers. On a more positive note, he was on the field for most of the offense's snaps, so opportunity shouldn't become a problem.

2017 Week 2 vs ATL (11 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Bennett had a brutal game, dropping several balls and getting called for an offensive pass interference penalty which wiped out a big Randall Cobb gain near the end of the first half before things got completely out of hand and the Packers were down by just ten points. Aaron Rodgers was intercepted on the next play (after another penalty) and Falcons quarterback Matt ryan quickly drove down the field for what would be a back-breaking touchdown. While that wasn't Bennett's fault, if he doesn't throw a sloppy pick, the Packers wouldn't have given the ball up at their own 36-yard line.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Bennett had some good moments--a 26-yard reception to ice the game in the fourth quarter--and some bad ones, such as when he drew an unnecessary roughness penalty near the end of the third quarter. For what it's worth, he was protecting Aaron Rodgers, who took a hit while sliding near the sideline and that's one of those penalties most coaches and fans are OK with.


Latest News

Patriots | Martellus Bennett misses practice (Thu Nov 23, 04:22 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring, shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 23.

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Patriots | Wednesday's practice report for New England (Wed Nov 22, 04:30 PM) - New England Patriots C David Andrews (illness), QB Tom Brady (Achilles'), OL Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) and WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring), DL Malcom Brown (ankle), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) were listed as limited participants.

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Patriots | Martellus Bennett active (Sun Nov 19, 03:28 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring, shoulder) is officially active for the team's Week 11 game.

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Patriots | Martellus Bennett listed as questionable (Fri Nov 17, 05:22 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) was limited in practice on Friday, Nov. 17, and is considered questionable for Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders.

Our View: Bennett was able to play in his first game back with the Patriots in Week 10 against the Broncos, and he should be able to go this week against the Raiders. He's a TE2 for fantasy owners.
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Patriots | New England injury report for Friday (Fri Nov 17, 05:21 PM) - New England Patriots C David Andrews (illness), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and are ruled out for Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders. WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring), DL Malcom Brown (ankle), DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder) and CB Eric Rowe (groin) were limited and are listed as questionable. DE Alan Branch (neck) was limited, too, but he was removed from the injury report.

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