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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): Bennett got free downfield repeatedly against the Dolphins linebacker and safeties in what could be a coming attraction for what he can do when opponents have to also contend with Rob Gronkowski. Jacoby Brissett being in at quarterback will make it hard to play Bennett this week, but his Week 2 game greatly enhanced his outlook once Tom Brady returns in Week 5.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained A/C joint in Week Two - as's Dr. Jene Bramel noted on Monday, September 19: '...a mid-grade ligament sprain [in the shoulder] is often a multi-week injury for a throwing athlete. The Patriots may call Garoppolo day-to-day this week, but it's very unlikely he plays on Thursday night. Pain and stiffness will be issues throughout the week and the medical staff will not be able to harness Garoppolo's throwing shoulder without further limiting his range of motion and effectiveness. Week 4 may be at risk, too.' With Tom Brady still out on suspension, the Patriots will turn to third-round pick Jacoby Brissett, who played collegiately at N.C. State - he cleaned up the Patriots' win over Miami last week with 6/9 for 92 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, and two sacks taken for -22 yards. He added 4/12/0 rushing to the team effort. With an inexperienced rookie under center, look for the Patriots to hand off the ball early and often in this game. The all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice on Tuesday, and with a short week before the Thursday Night Football game, it would be surprising if he was ready to play on Thursday (although it is surely possible). Bottom line here is that the Patriots' passing attack is severely impacted by injuries as things stand right now. The Texans' pass D is ranked third in the NFL with an average of 178.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with only one passing TD given up so far vs. one interception generated. The team leads the NFL with nine sacks over two games - as noted above, Brissett was sacked twice in a short appearance vs. Miami last week. Over the first two weeks of the Houston has averaged 12.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 17.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-least); with 2.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-least). This looks like a bad matchup for either a hurt-and-limited Garoppolo or the rookie Brissett.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 69 3 14 0 0 1.4
2 vs MIA 80 5 114 1 0 17.4
3 vs HOU 63 2 10 0 0 1.6
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 114 / 1 rec)

Bennett was the beneficiary of some savvy playcalling, good blocking, and masterful quarterback play. Bennett got much of his yardage on short flips after the catch, as there were several designed near-screen type plays for him. His touchdown saw him beat his defender on a go route, and his quarterback looked off the safety in the other direction before firing back at Bennett for the score. He also blocked well once again. Bennett will likely be called upon to block heavily once again the next couple weeks, making him a low-floor, high-ceiling type of play.

2016 Week 1 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Bennett was used sparingly in the passing game, but made his presence felt in the blocking game, as he was often responsible for some great pass protection or creating a seal here and there in the run game. He was also the recipient of a phantom holding call that nearly cost the Patriots dearly, when in reality he simply manhandled Chandler Jones. If the Patriots' offensive line continues to struggle, his role may be inconsistent as he may be required to block more. With that said, he still makes for a sizeable red zone target.


Latest News

Patriots | Martellus Bennett a factor in passing game (Sun Sep 18, 05:01 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett caught five passes for 114 yards and one touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.

Our View: Bennett got multiple big gains downfield and came alive as the return of Nate Solder helped free him up to run more long runs. He's not going to be worth playing Thursday night against Houston with Jacoby Brissett in, and might not be usable until Week 5 when Tom Brady returns.
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett to block most of Week 2 (Fri Sep 16, 01:16 PM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett figures to be used extensively as a blocker again in Week 2 versus the Miami Dolphins, according to CSN New England's Tom Curran.

Our View: Nate Solder could play this week, but Rob Gronkowski will probably be out again. Bennett can help slow down the Dolphins talented defensive line in the run and passing game. Unless he catches a short score, he probably won't be worth much in fantasy this week.
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett earns praise (Wed Sep 14, 01:20 AM) - New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett was given a glowing assessment of his Week 1 play by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who said that Bennett 'did an excellent job' against the Arizona Cardinals.

Our View: Bennett played 69 snaps, and he ran 25 routes against the Cardinals in Week 1 but was only targeted four times. Fantasy owners didn't get a lot of production out of Bennett, and with Rob Gronkowski set to come back they still may not get much.
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