Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 3 days ago
Bennett secured two of three targets for 10 yards and added six yards on one rush in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans
The veteran tight end was still involved despite Rob Gronkowski being active for the contest, but simply wasn't needed much on a night where the Patriots played it safe in the passing game and largely pummeled the Texans defense with LeGarrette Blount. Bennett has a modest eight catches on 11 targets over his first three games, but his involvement could increase in the coming weeks if New England opts to deploy more of the two-tight-end attack under Tom Brady that they've enjoyed great success with in seasons past.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 3 days ago
Bennett's teammate, fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski, is active for Thursday's contest against the Texans.
While it's unclear how much action Gronkowski will see in his return to action, his presence is a hit to Bennett's Week 3 fantasy upside. Bennett still figures to see his share of snaps in two-tight end sets, but rookie Jacoby Brissett starting at QB for the Patriots could involve a decent amount of blocking action on tap for Bennett.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 1 week ago1 Comment
Bennett caught five of six targets for 114 yards and a TD in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Dolphins.
Bennett's Week 3 fantasy prospects remain linked to the status of fellow TE Rob Gronkowski, whose availability for Thursday's contest against the Texans remains cloudy. Moreover, it looks like Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury will result in rookie Jacoby Brissett starting at QB for the Patriots, which could well lead to a run-heavy game plan for the team in Week 3.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 2 weeks ago
While playing all but two of the Patriots' 71 offensive snaps in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cardinals, Bennett caught three of his five targets for 14 yards, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
With Rob Gronkowski out for the Patriots' season opener and Clay Harbor made inactive for the contest, Bennett was busy Sunday, as expected. His heavy workload didn't translate into much fantasy production, however, as the 6-foot-6, 273-pounder ended up focusing much of his attention on blocking in the contest. Given the Patriots' tendency to craft matchup-specific/week-to-week game plans, we suspect that there will be tilts going forward where Bennett puts up bigger stats, even when Gronkowski is also in the mix, but Week 1 hints that Bennett's fantasy utility could be somewhat hit or miss.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 2 weeks ago1 Comment
With Rob Gronkowski out for Sunday night's season opener against the Cardinals, Martellus Bennett figures to "be counted on heavily" by the Patriots in Week 1, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
In Gronkowski's absence, Bennett is a candidate to see his share of targets from QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday, putting Bennett firmly on the Week 1 fantasy lineup radar. Also in the team's Week 1 tight mix are reserves Clay Harbor and AJ Derby.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 1 month ago
Bennett caught two passes for 26 yards on two targets in Thursday's preseason win over the Bears.
With Rob Gronkowski (coach's decision) held out, Bennett worked as the clear top option at tight end, playing 22 snaps in the first half, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Bennett still figures to get plenty of snaps once Gronkowski's healthy, but targets could be tough to come by in a Patriots offense that has a number of mouths to feed. There is some extra appeal due to Gronkowski's injury history.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 2 months ago
Bennett has earned kudos from coach Bill Belichick, CSN New England reports. "(Martellus has) shown up well in all phases of the game...blocking, receiving, and he's a good downfield receiver, a big target, can go up and get the ball."
Belichick further noted that while his top two tight ends (Rob Gronkowski and Bennett) are "really different," in some ways "they're kind of interchangeable" in that they can "both block. They can both catch down the field. They can run the intermediate routes, they're both huge targets." While Gronkowski -- who is having a strong training camp -- is the Patriots' clear-cut top tight end, the team's addition of Bennett figures to present opposing defenses with matchup headaches. When both players are healthy, Bennett profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, though one clearly worth rostering, considering the upside he possesses in the event that Gronkowski misses any time this season.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 6 months ago1 Comment
The Bears agreed to exchange Bennett for draft picks from the Patriots on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
With the acquisition, the Patriots will trot out a receiving corps led by a two-headed monster at tight end for the first time since the 2012 season. Working in tandem with Rob Gronkowski, Bennett brings sure hands (66% career catch rate) and game-breaking potential (27 receptions of 20-plus yards and 14 touchdowns in three campaigns with the Bears) to the party in New England. In an offense that relies on precise route-running in order for Tom Brady to carve of the opposition, Bennett should prosper in his new climes.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 7 months ago1 Comment
Bennett (ribs) is unlikely to remain with the Bears in 2016, NFL.com reports.
Bennett and the Bears have reportedly struggled to see eye-to-eye for some time now, and with Bennett owed $5 million heading into the final year of his contract, this offseason may ultimately mark the end of their relationship. Whether via trade or releasing Bennett, the well-rounded tight end could benefit from a change of scenery, and his absence would likely allow Chicago's Zach Miller to build on his strong finish to last season.
Martellus Bennett TE NE (9) 10 months ago
Bennett (ribs) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Unable to play through a rib injury on Thanksgiving, Bennett then returned for Sunday's loss to the 49ers, catching three passes for 14 yards on four targets. He actually wasn't listed on the injury report last week, but it seems unlikely that this would be unrelated to the rib issue from a couple weeks ago. Zach Miller is now set to serve as Chicago's top tight end, with Khari Lee and Rob Housler providing depth. Bennett should be fine for offseason activities, as he's likely just dealing with broken ribs, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.