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83 Martellus Bennett TE
Height/Weight: 6-6/265 | Birthdate: 3/10/1987 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA, USA | Team: Chicago | College: Texas A&M | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 100/88 | Average Draft Position: 117.76
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The verdict is in on Martellus Bennett


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) Just when you think tight end Martellus Bennett can't get any better, he goes and leads the Bears in all the most relevant categories Week 4 against Green Bay, including receptions (nine), targets (11) and yards (134).

No, he didn't find the end zone after scoring four touchdowns in his first three games (though he came painfully close to end the first half, getting spun around as he tried to extend his arm over the goal line at the end of an 8-yard pass), but isn't this the strongest endorsement of his value yet? In a receiving corps that includes Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, he's become quarterback Jay Cutler's go-to guy.

Not by a landslide or anything, but it's the kind of offense that can sustain three big-time receivers. And with Bennett performing at a Jimmy Graham-like pace, he can afford to fall off a little and still be one of the top tight ends in Fantasy.

So while I'm not expecting Bennett to be quite this good all season long, unless I honestly thought I could get the equivalent of second-round value in return for him, I wouldn't be looking to sell high on him.


Martellus Bennett secures first 100-yard game in defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett used an explosive second quarter as a springboard to a career game Sunday against Green Bay.

Bennett snagged five passes for 91 yards in that stanza alone in recording the first 100-yard performance of his career. He finished with nine catches for a game-high 134 yards. Bennett was targeted 11 times, but did not work his way into the end zone.

He will try to do just that when the team plays at Carolina in Week 5.


Martellus Bennett makes history


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Tight end Martellus Bennett caught a pair of touchdowns in the Week 3 win over the Jets, becoming the first Bears player with a touchdown grab in each of the team's first three games since Dennis McKinnon did it in 1985.

Bennett has four touchdowns this season after scoring five each of the past two seasons. Monday night, he caught five passes for 54 yards, including 7- and 13-yard touchdowns.

His eight targets ranked second on the team. Bennett will try to build on his fast start Week 4 against the Packers.


Martellus Bennett a good Week 3 start


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Martellus Bennett is off to a stellar start through his first two games with 15 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets.

He is second on the team in targets to Marshall (20) and the Bears have done a nice job featuring Bennett in the early part of the year. We hope it continues this week against a suspect Jets secondary.

The Jets haven't faced a tight end of note yet with matchups against the Raiders and Packers, but last year New York allowed seven touchdowns to opposing tight ends. There were nine tight ends against the Jets last year that had at least six targets and eight of them finished with at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league.

Bennett has at least six targets in five of his past six games going back to last season.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Martellus Bennett scores again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett scored for the second straight week Sunday night at San Francisco. Bennett hauled in seven of eight targets for 37 yards, including an easy 3-yard score to put Chicago ahead with 13:14 remaining.

Bennett, who tied for the team lead in targets, visits the Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 3.


Martellus Bennett scores TD on eight receptions Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett grabbed eight passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in his team's 23-20 overtime loss to the Bills Sunday.

Bennett opened the scoring by hauling in a 12-yard touchdown on his team's first offensive drive, with the score coming on a pitch-and-catch after a big gain by Alshon Jeffery. He remained involved throughout the game with the Bears finding room to work in the middle of the field. Bennett also may have benefited from the absence of Jeffery for much of the second half. He'll look for a similar result when the Bears head to San Francisco in Week 2.


Martellus Bennett worth starting in Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett posted career-best numbers in 2013, catching 65 passes for 759 yards while matching his career high of five touchdowns. Three of those five scores came in the first two weeks of the season, and he could be on the verge of starting off hot for the third straight season.

Bennett is in danger of getting lost offensively on a week-to-week basis, as there are only so many opportunities to go around for Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and the tight end. He faces a plus matchup in Week 1, with the Bills dealing with a depleted linebacker corps and the loss of free safety Jairus Byrd. While the one thing new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense did well in Detroit last year was defend the tight end, the Bills don't appear to have the personnel to match up with the imposing Bennett.

Bennett falls inside the top 12 in the weekly rankings of both CBSSports.con Fantasy experts, designating him as starter material in standard leagues. We could see a similar line to his opener against the Bengals last season: three receptions, 49 yards and one touchdown.


Bears reinstate Martellus Bennett


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Bears reinstated tight end Martellus Bennett from his suspension, reports ESPN.com. Bennett got suspended last Tuesday following a practice fight in which he slammed first-round pick Kyle Fuller to the ground.

"I understand what they want from me," Bennett said. "I felt like I could've handled the situation differently."


Trestman: no timetable for Martellus Bennett's return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) When asked about the status of suspended tight end Martellus Bennett, Bears head coach Marc Trestman said there is no timetable for a return, per the Chicago Tribune.

Bennett got suspended indefinitely following a practice fight, though the suspension stemmed from an accumulation of incidents. As expected, he sat out the first preseason game against the Eagles.


Bears list inactives for Week 1 of preseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The following players will not dress for the Bears on Friday against the Eagles: safety Craig Steltz, cornerback Tim Jennings, cornerback Isaiah Frey, safety Chris Conte, offensive lineman Eben Britton, tackle Jordan Mills, defensive end Jared Allen, guard Kyle Long and and tight end Martellus Bennett.

Martellus Bennett not ruled out for preseason opener


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman spoke to suspended tight end Martellus Bennett and called the conversation "very positive," adding Bennett hasn't been ruled out for Friday's preseason opener against the Eagles, reports ESPN.com.

"It was a very positive conversation," Trestman said. "We touched base with each other, and I'll just leave it at that. We did what we said we were gonna do, and that was talk yesterday."

Bennettt got suspended indefinitely following a practice fight in which he slammed first-round pick Kyle Fuller to the ground after a routine play, the report said. According to team sources, Bennett's suspension stemmed from an accumulation of incidents, not just the fight.

Bears suspend Martellus Bennett indefinitely


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2014) The Bears announced Tuesday that they have suspended tight end Martellus Bennett indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The team said the suspension is for an undetermined length of time and also includes a fine. 

Bennett got into a fight with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller during training camp practice on Monday when Fuller pulled Bennett to the ground after a reception. Bennett got up and shoved Fuller, then threw him to the ground according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Bears head coach Marc Trestman cancelled practice after the skirmish. 

Later Monday, Bennett didn't seem remorseful for his actions, telling the media he'd be willing to pay a fine even if he didn't think his actions warranted one.

"I'm probably one of the most violent people on the field. That's my style of play," Bennett said. "I'm going to continue to play the way I play."


Several role players chip in for Bears


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Bears received minor contributions from several role players during Sunday's loss to the Packers in Week 17.

Backup running back Michael Bush rushed for 11 yards on two carries. Tight end Martellus Bennett caught his only target for 15 yards while Marquess Wilson caught just one pass for a gain of 10 yards. It was Wilson's second reception of the season.

Martellus Bennett paces Bears with 85 receiving yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett caught five passes for a team-high 85 yards in the loss to the Eagles, his third solid game in succession. Bennett has 16 catches for 199 yards over the past three weeks.

Bennett drew eight targets, one fewer than Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Bennett's longest reception went 30 yards. However, he has not scored since Week 12.

Bennett plays the Packers in Week 17.


Martellus Bennett too risky to start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has one touchdown catch in his last seven games entering Week 16 at Philadelphia. The matchup is not kind, either, as the Eagles give up the fourth fewest Fantasy points (5.7 per game) to tight ends.

Tight ends have scored just twice against Philly, and have been held under 50 receiving yards as a group nine times.

Bennett is coming off one of his better games. He caught all six of his targets for 71 yards, his highest yardage total since Week 4, in the win at Cleveland. But he's too risky to start in Fantasy's championship week unless you play in a two-tight end league.


Martellus Bennett has 71 yards in Week 15 win


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett caught six passes for 71 yards in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Browns. Bennett was targeted six times and lost a fumble in the third quarter (which was run back for a touchdown). 

The 71 receiving yards were the third-most of the season for Bennett, and his most since Week 4. He now has 659 receiving yards on the season -- a career high. 

The Bears face the Eagles in Week 16. 


Martellus Bennett an unreliable option


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has been a different player since the team's Week 8 bye. Prior to the break, Bennett had five games of six or more Fantasy points, with two double-digit games and four touchdowns. 

Since the bye, however, Bennett has just one game with six or more points, and has scored just once. His Week 15 matchup against the Browns brings with it some hope, but so did his Week 13 matchup against the Vikings (when he finished with 14 total yards). 

The Browns have allowed four touchdowns over the last four games to opposing tight ends, but haven't given up 50 yards to the position since Week 7. Additionally, the Browns have allowed their touchdowns in bunches; the eight touchdowns tight ends have scored against the Browns this season have come in just four games. 

Bennett started the season strong, but has faded lately. Even with a somewhat promising matchup, he's still best left on the bench in most formats. 


Martellus Bennett makes five grabs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett caught five of his six targets for 43 yards in the win over the Cowboys. Bennett hadn't made that many receptions since Week 6 when he hauled in six passes for 68 yards against the Giants.

Bennett will try to stay involved Week 15 at Cleveland.


Martellus Bennett has chance for bounceback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has 13 targets over the past three games, and he was held to two catches for 14 yards in Week 13. But Bennett is playable because of his matchup Monday night.

The Cowboys give up the 8th-most Fantasy points to tight ends, 9.0 per game. Tight ends are averaging 5.8 catches for 66 yards with six touchdowns vs. Dallas.

Drafted by the Cowboys, Bennett spent his first four seasons in Dallas. He faced the Cowboys last year as a member of the Giants, catching eight passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in two meetings.

Bennett has slumped after a strong start. He's not a thrilling option. Consider him a low-end TE1 in Week 14.


Martellus Bennett disappears from passing game after halftime


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was held to two catches for 14 yards Week 13 at Minnesota. He was targeted five times in the 23-20 overtime loss. 

Bennett had an 8-yard catch in the first half called back because of offensive pass interference. He also limped off the field with an apparent leg injury in the first half, but he missed only one play before returning. All of Bennett's yards and targets came before halftime.

The Bears are back in action Week 14 vs. Dallas.


Week 13 presents opportunity to start Martellus Bennett


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had the first multi-touchdown game of his career Week 2 against the Vikings. Unfortunately, he has scored just two touchdowns in his last nine games heading into a Week 13 rematch with Minnesota.

Bennett did have a touchdown Week 12 at St. Louis, but he's been relatively quiet since posting three touchdowns in his first two games. He got off to a fast start last season with the Giants before cooling off, which is a trend he's following in 2013 with the Bears.

Tight ends have put up decent numbers against the Vikings. They average 55.1 receiving yards and have totaled nine touchdowns in 11 games. Tight ends also average 9.7 Fantasy points per week, which is the fifth-highest average.

Bennett is far from being a reliable Fantasy option on a weekly basis. He's good enough to start in the weeks he has favorable matchups, like Week 13. Therefore, he can be considered a low-end Fantasy start this week.


Martellus Bennett scores in Week 12


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Rams. Bennett was targeted five times in the game. 

Bennett could have had a bigger presence in the box score, but a fourth-quarter would-be touchdown was called back for holding. 

This was Bennett's first touchdown since Week 7, and his first game with over 50 receiving yards since Week 6. Bennett's score was the first the Rams allowed to a tight end since Week 4.  

The Bears travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings next Sunday. 


Martellus Bennett has tough Week 12 matchup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett hasn't hit the 50-yard mark since Week 6 against the Giants. He has one touchdown in his last eight games. And in Week 12, he plays a team that has allowed the second-fewest Fantasy points per game to oposing tight ends. 

On the season, the Rams have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends, and both came in the first four weeks. Since then, no tight end has gone over 50 yards or scored on the Rams, and the list includes solid mid-level options like Garrett Graham, Greg Olsen, and Delanie Walker. 

Bennett has been relatively cold lately and is staring down a tough matchup. He can be left on the bench in most formats. 


Martellus Bennett quiet against Ravens


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had a quiet game Week 11 against the Ravens.

Bennett did little during regulation, catching just one pass for 5 yards. He did receive a target in the end zone, but the ball hit the ground when he came down. The play wouldn't have counted even if Bennett had caught the ball, as the Bears were called for holding. Bennett did manage to come through with a big play during over time, though. On the team's final drive, he caught a 43 yard reception, putting the team in field goal range. 

Bennett will take on the Rams Week 12.


Martellus Bennett active against Ravens


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is active against the Ravens Week 11.

Bennett missed Thursday's practice due to an ankle injury, but was able to return Friday. He's expected to go against Baltimore.