Martellus Bennett Fantasy News

Ravens QB Joe Flacco 'seemed to develop a real comfort' with TE Crockett Gillmore in OTAs

Friday, July 17, 2015, 2:44pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website believes that TE Crockett Gillmore has a good chance to break out: Gillmore showed strong hands last year and they have only gotten better. He struggled with drops last training camp. So far this summer, he’s hardly let a ball touch the ground. He’s had another year in the offensive system, so he won’t be thinking as much on the field. Plus, Gillmore is massive. He was a big guy last year, but added 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He’s still got the ability to stretch the field, which he showed by catching numerous jump balls in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp. Flacco seemed to develop a real comfort with Gillmore during the practices.

Fantasy Impact:

Gillmore is more of a blocker than a receiver but as the article notes, Gillmore has improved in that facet of the game. There is opportunity at the position with Dennis Pitta still sidelined and Owen Daniels in Denver, but the team drafted Maxx Williams as the long-term answer, so it's not clear how big of a receiving role Gillmore will have in 2015. Martellus Bennett shined under then-HC Marc Trestman in Chicago, so there is some upside for whoever wins the starting job in Baltimore. Fantasy-wise, rookie tight ends are notoriously disappointing, so this may be a muddled situation this season.

Jay Cutler throwing with Bears receivers at Vanderbilt

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 11:22am

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Via Blair Sheade of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jay Cutler gathered several teammates at his alma mater of Vanderbilt this week for extra pre-training camp workouts.

Attending the sessions were receiver Kevin White, receiver Eddie Royal, and tight end Martellus Bennett.

Bennett’s presence is significant because he stayed away from all non-mandatory offseason activities in search of a new contract. Most significant is the fact that Cutler managed to get his teammates to join him in Tennessee for non-mandatory workouts that fall beyond the boundaries of the offseason program.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a good sign that Cutler is working with his receivers, especially White, who missed some time during OTAs with an undisclosed injury. Cutler’s #15 finish was his highest in the last four seasons. Marc Trestman is gone, and now new OC Adam Gase is running the offense. He had success in Denver in the past two seasons, but Cutler is no Peyton Manning. As long as the season is going relatively well, Cutler should post solid numbers, but if the wheels start to come off, watch out.

Bears TE Martellus Bennett reports to minicamp

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:25pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett reported to Chicago Bears headquarters for the start of the club’s mandatory minicamp after skipping the previous eight weeks of the offseason program.

Although the sessions he missed were voluntary, his absence disappointed the Bears’ new regime, particularly because of the learning and team-building elements to coach John Fox’s first offseason in charge. Bennett is the only Bears player to miss the entire offseason program to this point.

After making his first Pro Bowl last season, Bennett made clear his desire for a new contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Bennett finished #5 in both PPR and standard formats last season, and although he’s playing for a new OC, Adam Gase, he should remain heavily involved in the offense. He’s not happy with his contract, which is a concern.

Bears WR Eddie Royal in a 'great position' to contribute immediately

Monday, June 15, 2015, 1:40pm

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ESPN's Mike Sando:

Eddie Royal's resurgence over the past two seasons and his early grasp of the Bears' new offense has him in great position to play a prominent role right away. The staff seemed excited about him when I visited Bears camp earlier in the offseason. Royal has 10 red zone touchdowns over the past two seasons, tied for ninth in the league among wide receivers.

Fantasy Impact:

Royal could continue to be a headache for fantasy owners. He's production tends to be spotty and comes in bunches, which makes it difficult to know when to use him. There's also the possibility that he draws targets away from Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, Martellus Bennett and/or Matt Forte.

Bears TE Martellus Bennett remains absent from OTAs

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:45pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The question remains the same about Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, and the answer from coach John Fox is unchanged.

The team hit the halfway point in organized team activities with the veteran still not present.

“As I said before, this is voluntary,” Fox said after Wednesday’s session at Halas Hall. “That is not going to change for the rest of this offseason. You’ll have to ask him that. I just know we have a lot of guys working really hard to get better.”

What isn’t voluntary is the minicamp June 16-18. Does Fox expect Bennett to participate at the minicamp?

“Again, I can’t predict those intentions,” he said. “I would prefer him to be here. Right now, we’re putting all of our energy and focus on the guys who are.”

Bennett did not respond to a request for comment earlier this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Bennett finished #5 in both PPR and standard formats last season, and although he’s playing for a new OC, Adam Gase, he should remain heavily involved in the offense. His absence from OTAs is an indicator of his overall attitude towards his current contract. It's a minor concern, but from a fantasy standpoint we'd prefer it if Bennett were happy with his situation.

Ravens Beat: TE Dennis Pitta (hip) likely to start season on PUP

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:13pm

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Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley: "I'm ... under the assumption that tight end Dennis Pitta and safety Terrence Brooks will begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list."

Fantasy Impact:

If Pitta starts the season on PUP, he won't be eligible to play in the first six games. It's not often that rookie tight ends are fantasy relevant. It's a tough position to learn and since it's a "onesie" position in most fantasy leagues, there isn't a ton of demand. Maxx Williams has a chance to be a factor at the position given the opportunity he has for playing time in Marc Trestman's pass-happy offense. Under Trestman, Martellus Bennett finished as the #10 and #5 TE in both PPR and standard formats in the last two seasons. If Williams has a great summer, he may be TE2-worthy in fantasy drafts.

Browns say QB Josh McCown is the heavy favorite to start

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:03am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In a radio interview on Monday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine said what we all knew was true: Josh McCown is the heavy favorite to be the team's starting quarterback.

Johnny Manziel is fresh out of a 10-week stay in a rehab facility. McCown is a stable veteran with a career completion percentage near 60. This wasn't difficult.

"We just look back to when he was in Chicago, when he had a pretty good supporting cast around him, and he was able to be more than functional. He had a very successful year," Pettine said on WKRK-FM, via the Beacon Journal. "When you build the team right, it minimizes the importance of the quarterback."

Fantasy Impact:

The problem here is that while in Chicago, McCown was throwing to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett and now he'll be targeting Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline and Rob Housler. That's a serious downgrade at all three positions. McCown didn't play particularly well with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans in 2014, there's no reason to believe that he's going to make a passing game go with Bowe, Hartline and Housler.

Martellus: Marc Trestman is 'going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens'

Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:48am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Marc Trestman’s leadership abilities have come under fire in the wake of his two-year stint in Chicago, something that tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t do much to argue against in an appearance on NFL Network on Friday. Bennett did say that he thinks a move to the offensive coordinator role with the Ravens will work out well for coach and team.

“Trestman, I think, first off, the issue that he had, probably, was managing us all, all the different personalities,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of big personalities. And I think, for a first-time head coach in the NFL, dealing with all the personalities that you have, I think that’s hard when you got guys like me, you know, [Brandon] Marshall … Lance Briggs on defense, (Charles) Tillman … Calling plays, he was excellent. I think he’s going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens. Strategically, he was great. But on the field, guys just weren’t executing.”

Fantasy Impact:

We generally agree, though Trestman takes a very pass-heavy approach, and that will impact the strong running game that Gary Kubiak built in 2014.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh says 'we'll see' when asked about TE Dennis Pitta

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh's tone regarding tight end Dennis Pitta seemingly went from cautiously optimistic to just being cautious.

Pitta, who has suffered serious hip injuries in each of the past two seasons, saw a couple of specialists last week, and Harbaugh said he couldn't give any updates right now.

"I did get kind of an overview of that report from our trainer that I wouldn’t really want to share until Dennis has had a chance to kind of consider all of the ramifications of it," Harbaugh said. "But I think we’ll have something on that in a couple of weeks, kind of on Dennis’ time frame. We’ll see where that goes.”

Harbaugh indicated in early December that he expects Pitta to make a full recovery, and he said at the end of the season that he was "cautiously optimistic" about his return in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't sound like Pitta is certain to return in 2015. OC Marc Trestman had success with Martellus Bennett while in Chicago, so if the Ravens have a talented tight end, he'll be on the fantasy radar next season.

Report: Bears bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:57pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Enough is finally enough for the Chicago Bears.

After weeks of offensive futility, the team has benched starting quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen prior to Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to two sources informed of the situation.

Fantasy Impact:

Cutler owners who are still alive are going to have to find another option this week, and Clausen isn't an attractive start. He has a career 5.2 YPA and it's a difficult matchup against the Lions. It's a downgrade for the entire offense, including Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. On the flip side, the Lions defense is still a very strong play in Week 16.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (foot, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Bennett should be fine for a good matchup against the Cowboys.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 11. Bennett will be fine to face the Vikings.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Bennett didn’t practice leading up to Week 10 and played against the Packers, so the fact that he’s practicing at all is an upgrade.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) did not practice Wednesday. Bennett didn’t practice leading up to Week 10 and played against the Packers, so we expect he’ll be out there against the Vikings.

Martellus Bennett active for SNF

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 7:21pm

Bears Inactives
Blake Annen TE
David Bass DE
Eben Britton T
Khaseem Greene OLB
DeDe Lattimore ILB
Terrance Mitchell CB
Darryl Sharpton ILB

Fantasy Impact:

Bears TE Martellus Bennett is active and a solid fantasy start.

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