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TE Martellus Bennett - Chicago Bears

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): With Jay Cutler back and Alshon Jeffery out, Bennett was the leading target and converted a huge game in PPR leagues. The Bears offense seemed a bit morose under Jimmy Clausen, but the life is back with Cutler, putting Bennett back into our circle of trust.

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs GB 74 5 55 1 0 11.5
2 vs ARI 72 4 48 0 0 4.8
3 at SEA 50 4 15 0 0 1.5
4 vs OAK 76 11 83 1 0 13.3
5 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs OAK (13 / 11 / 83 / 1 rec)

Martellus Bennett played like a man amongst boys in Sunday's 22-20 win over the Raiders. The vocal tight end caught 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. These numbers more closely reflect his production from 2014, when Jay Cutler fed him the ball on what seemed like every dropback. When Cutler is under center, Bennett should be viewed as one of the most productive tight ends in the game. Bennett led the Bears in catches and targets against the Raiders. At times during the game, the Raiders even used a safety over the top to keep Bennett from beating them. Obviously that didn't work so well as Bennett plowed over Raiders defenders on his way to having his best game of this short season. Playing with a desire for a new contract, you can expect Bennett to play each week with additional motivation in mind.

2015 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)

In the battle of the Bennetts, Martellus did not come out on top. Michael Bennett had a far better game than brother Marteullus, who caught only four passes for a game-changing 15 yards. Martellus Bennett saw one of the tougher matchups in the league when the Bears fell 26-0 at the hands of the Seahawks. Making things more difficult, the Bears were without starting quarterback Jay Cutler and starting wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White, leaving Bennett, a tight end, to be Jimmy Clausen's top passing option. It's not that Bennett isn't capable of shouldering a full workload load, the problem is more so who is under center. Because Clausen was under center, the Seahawks knew the Bears wouldn't be able to move down the field through the air. As a result, the Seahwaks were able to flood the middle of the field with linebackers and safeties, leaving very little room for Bennett to do Bennett-like things. Until the offensive firepower, if you want to call it that, returns to the field for the Bears, life will continue to be difficult for a workhorse like Bennett.

2015 Week 2 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Martellus Bennett struggled to get things going in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. Expected to be a focal point of the offense, Bennett has struggled to find the same kinds of success he found last season, when he recorded a career high in receptions. Against a linebacking group that is very beatable, Bennett only caught four passes on six targets for 44 yards. Jay Cutler leaving the game with a hamstring injury didn't help Bennett's fortunes, as Jimmy Clausen appeared to be rushed in the pocket at every turn. Given how the Bears pretty much trailed the entire game, it would have made sense for Bennett to be more involved in the offense. It's not for a lack of effort, but more so a product of the offense's struggles as a whole.

2015 Week 1 vs GB (7 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec)

Martellus Bennett is a very underrated tight end in this league. Not thought of in the same respects as Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham -- though, understandably -- Bennett continues impress as the Bears' best tight end since the days of Ditka. Bennett caught five passes on seven targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Packers. The chemistry Jay Cutler and Bennett displayed last season, when the tight end recorded a career high in receptions, appears to be just as strong in 2015. As the new-look Bears' offense continues to mesh, the field will get longer and Bennett will start finding himself with more space to work the middle of the field. As it happened against Green Bay, the Bears ran out three receivers who all missed valuable practice time and preseason action leading up to Week 1. The playbook wasn't as dynamic as it could have been with three healthy receivers who can use the entire field. If there's one thing to learn from Bennett's performance in Week 1, it's that he's going to have a monster season.


Latest News

Bears | Martellus Bennett busy in Week 4 (Sun Oct 4, 08:39 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett had 11 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 4.

Our View: Start your tight ends against Oakland. All four have had at least one score and a season high in yards when facing the Raiders. Next week Bennett goes to Kansas City while Owen Daniels gets the joy of facing Oakland.
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Bears | Start Martellus Bennett in Week 4 (Thu Oct 1, 12:06 AM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett faces a very favorable matchup in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have been carved up by opposing tight ends in the first three weeks, giving up 305 receiving yards and a league-high five touchdowns, including 105 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland Browns journeyman TE Gary Barnidge in Week 3.

Our View: If Gary Barnidge is going to produce against the Raiders defense, then Bennett should be able to have a strong game. The Bears aren't in a great place as a team, but we're confident in Bennett as a high-upside TE1 against the Raiders.
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Bears | Martellus Bennett a good bet to score (Sat Sep 26, 12:24 AM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett faces the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3, and the Seahawks have allowed touchdowns to opposing tight ends in each of the first two games of the season.

Our View: Yeah, let's not quite go there. The Bears are without Jay Cutler, and Jimmy Clausen at QB against a fired up Seahawks defense, the 12th man and a returning Kam Chancellor doesn't fill us with confidence. Bennett and RB Matt Forte are the only Bears assets we feel decent about in Week 3....but if you have to start either one, don't get your hopes up about a big day.
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