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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 8: at New England Patriots

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs GB 9 134 0 0
5 at CAR 3 17 0 0
6 at ATL 4 52 0 0
7 vs MIA 5 58 0 0
8 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Bennett is having his best season as a professional football player. He's tied for first in targets (42), second in receptions (32), second in yards (312) and second in touchdowns (4). Sadly, though, the majority of those numbers came in weeks prior to Sunday's game against Carolina. Bennett faced a tough matchup against Carolina linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, as well as safeties Roman Harper and Thomas DeCoud. It's easily the toughest matchup he's seen all season long, and the reason why he caught a season-low three passes on five targets for 17 yards. Bennett still is a very, very viable threat, but we've now seen the opposition exploit his some weaknesses in his game. Bennett still has hills to climb before he's considered one of the NFL's best, but he's come a long way since joining the Bears last season. Don't sell on Bennett because Sunday's performance. The Black Unicorn is going to get his before it's all said and done.

2014 Week 6 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)

After catching 11 passes in the Bears' Week 4 loss to Green Bay, Bennett only has caught seven total passes in the two games since. Bennett finished Sunday's game with four catches on eight targets for 52 yards. The tight end also dropped two passes, both of which would have gone for 10-plus yards and first downs. Despite the drops, Bennett isn't playing any differently than he had been earlier in the season; the same play that led him to catching 29 passes on 37 targets for 295 yards and four touchdowns over the first four weeks. What's different is the health of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Prior to Sunday, Cutler had been wearing out the middle of the field by targeting Matt Forte and Bennett on short-yardage attempts. Opposing teams started to game plan around it, too. But now that both receivers are healthy(ish), Cutler no longer needs to depend solely on the middle of the field to move the ball. Once Cutler re-establishes the vertical game with Marshall and Jeffery, the middle of the field will once again open up for Bennett to do work.

2014 Week 7 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)

Bennett is one of the more consistent producers in the Bears' offense. He added another five catches and 58 yards Sunday to his season total. Jay Cutler attempted 17 passes that were within nine yards of the line of scrimmage, which is right where Bennett usually runs his routes. As long as the Bears' offense continues to take this "small ball" approach, Bennett's numbers will remain consistent. The tight end failed to reach the end zone for the third straight week; while Matt Forte has five total touchdowns in the same stretch of games. What's amazing about this is that Forte had zero touchdowns in the first four weeks of the season; while Bennett had four in as many games. Kind of seems like Bennett's production surges as Forte's dips and vice versa.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

TE Dynasty - 10, 9, 9, 12, 14
Overall Dynasty - 88, 67

Footballguys Articles

Faceoff: Finding a Future Dynasty Stud
  FBG Staff - June 11
Preseason Roundtable #1
  FBG Staff - June 4
The Gut Check No.296 - Late-Round WR Watch
  Matt Waldman - June 9
NFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 8
The New Reality No.29: Contending and Rebuilding Targets
  Chad Parsons - September 25
The Docket: Week 4
  Ari Ingel - September 24
Draft Kings Bargain Buys
  Heath Cummings - September 7
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: Week 7
  Dan Hindery - October 17
FanDuel, Playing the Percentages: Week 7
  Chad Parsons - October 17
Week 7 Tight End Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - October 16

Articles from around the web

Post-Draft Dynasty Ranks - TE
  Mike Clay - May 27
Fantasy Notebook: NFC North Preview; Bears on the Rise; Pack Ready to Attack & More
  Bob Harris - June 30
5 Things You Should Know about Our 2014 Fantasy Football Projections
  Leo Howell - July 2
Silva's July Rankings, 1-100
  Evan Silva - July 2
The 6 Riskiest Players in Fantasy Football This Season
  Leo Howell - July 3
Silva's July Rankings, 101-200
  Evan Silva - July 5
2014 Pass/Run Rate Projections
  Mike Clay - July 8
Week 2 TE Tiers
   - September 11
Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: Sorting the best of the rest
  Joel Beall - July 14
Silva's PPR Top 150 Rankings
  Evan Silva - August 27

Schedule

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