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TE Martellus Bennett - Chicago Bears

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

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Week 3: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jay Cutler was limited for most of the game against San Francisco, but a series of late turnovers fueled his stat line by providing easily-reached red-zone opportunities. When the dust settled on the Bears' comeback win, he'd pitched 23/34 for 176 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions. He did all the above after taking a vicious crown-of-the-helmet hit to his chest, which he described after the game as 'feeling like my chest hit my backbone'. It was quite a display of toughness on Cutler's part. Brandon Marshall powered through a sore ankle to haul in 5/48/3 (eight targets) on the night, while Martellus Bennett handled eight targets for 7/37/1 receiving. Alshon Jeffery, also nursing a sore ankle, managed six targets for 3/47/0 receiving - the Bears' walking wounded got the job done last week, but stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for their practice status later in the week as both Marshall and Jeffery were clearly gimpy during the game. The Jets' pass D is ranked 17th after two games, averaging 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated (they have six sacks to date, tied for sixth in the NFL). Last week, Aaron Rodgers torched this secondary for 25/42 yielding 310 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (four sacks taken for -36 yards). Once the Jets were past the rookie Derek Carr in Week 1, their secondary was exposed by Rodgers and company. Cutler and company have a good matchup, and as the Jets' rush D is so stout, look for Cutler and whoever is healthy enough to take the field on Sunday to have a solid game against the suspect Jets' secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 vs BUF 8 70 1 0
2 at SF 7 37 1 0
3 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
3 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs BUF (10 / 8 / 70 / 1 rec)

Bennett was one of the best players on the field Sunday for the Bears, as he hauled in eight passes for 70 yards with a touchdown. Around 15 points is hardly bad for a starting fantasy tight end. Bennett stepped up huge when Jeffery left due to injury. He also stepped up on the few plays Marshall missed, too. Aside from the route miscommunication between he and Cutler, which led to the first interception, Bennett had one of his best games as a Bear. Cutler must have seen something in him, because Bennett was the second-most targeted pass-catcher on the field Sunday. Bennett will continue to see passes in the red zone, too, as very few tight ends play as physical as he does down near the goal line.

2014 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 7 / 37 / 1 rec)

The Bears' top tight end has been the most consistent offensive performer through the first two weeks of the season. After catching eight balls on 10 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 loss to the Bills, Bennett went out and found himself another seven catches on eight targets and a touchdown. The best play of Bennett's night came in the second quarter, on a play that eventually -- and incorrectly -- ruled incomplete. Cutler feathered a beautiful pass over Bennett's left shoulder near the left sideline for a 22-yard gain. The 49ers challenged the play, saying that Bennett juggled the ball. But you could see on the replay that Bennett re-established ball control with both feet down before leaving the field of play. Bennett has been a favorite this season of Cutler's. And he's not taking touches away from Marshall or Jeffery, so you can pencil him in for 8-10 targets a game, at least.

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Footballguys Articles

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  Jeff Tefertiller - March 8
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  Heath Cummings - September 7
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  Jeff Pasquino - August 4
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  Chad Parsons - September 17
Week 2 TE Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - September 11
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  Jeff Tefertiller - September 9
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  Sigmund Bloom - September 4
Gut Check No.314: 2014 Fantasy If . . . Then
  Matt Waldman - September 1

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  Joel Beall - July 14
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  Evan Silva - August 27
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  Evan Silva - August 13
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  Wally Spurlin - August 11
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  Chet Gresham - July 27
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  John Paulsen - July 21
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  John Paulsen - July 15

Schedule

3@ New York Jets
4vs Green Bay Packers
5@ Carolina Panthers
6@ Atlanta Falcons
7vs Miami Dolphins
8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Minnesota Vikings
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings