Martellus Bennett Fantasy News

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We won’t if Gronk will play Thursday night until the inactives are released. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald thinks this is the week that Gronkowski makes his return. Since the Patriots have two wins in two weeks, and a longer layoff after the Thursday game, it’s possible that they would continue to rest Gronk with the idea of getting him fully healthy for Tom Brady’s return in Week 5. If he’s out, Martellus Bennett would draw the start, but with Jacoby Brissett likely under center, there’s no telling how much the Patriots will be willing to throw the ball.

Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:48pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 1. Yesterday, Gronkowski was described as “no sure thing” to play by Ian Rapoport, though the Boston Herald was told by two sources that he is expected to play “barring an unexpected setback.” He did not travel with the team on Friday, but could travel on Saturday after another day of treatment, so we should know more tomorrow. Martellus Bennett would have top 5 upside if Gronk misses any time. If Gronk does make the trip, owners who want to wait until Sunday night could pivot to Jessie James, Vance McDonald or even Lance Kendricks, who all play on Monday night.

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Gronkowski is “no sure thing” to play, per Ian Rapoport, though the Boston Herald was told by two sources that he is expected to play “barring an unexpected setback.” We should know more on Saturday as the Patriots generally do not let players who aren’t expected to play travel with the team. Martellus Bennett would have top 5 upside if Gronk misses any time.

Patriots Beat: TE Rob Gronkowski 'still not 100 percent healthy'

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still not 100 percent healthy, still feeling the effects of when he pulled up and took himself out of practice on Aug. 15. He remains limited in practice with a hamstring injury.

Gronkowski's inclusion on the team's first injury report of the season Wednesday adds context to what he's been facing health-wise. Gronkowski took himself out of a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 15 after attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady along the sideline. He returned to practice Aug. 24, but didn't play in either of the final two preseason games, which wasn't a major surprise considering Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason since 2012.

The Patriots kept four tight ends on their initial 53-man roster: Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Clay Harbor and AJ Derby. That is one more than the norm.

Fantasy Impact:

The implication is that Gronk may not play in Week 1, but if he's limited in practice on Wednesday, it's an indicator that he'll be out there on Sunday night. The Patriots play in Arizona, and players who are not going to play typically do not travel, so we should know more on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gronkowski should be fine to play Sunday night, though this underlines his tendency to get nicked up during the season. Martellus Bennett would have top 5 upside if Gronk misses any time.

Pats Beat: 'Wouldn't be a surprise' if TE Martellus Bennett plays 80 percent of the snaps

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 12:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mike Reiss on TE Martellus Bennett: I subscribe to the theory that with defenses paying extra attention to Rob Gronkowski, it will open up more opportunities for Bennett. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Patriots run more than 80 percent of their offensive snaps with both tight ends on the field, so it won't be a matter of playing time for Bennett as much as how defenses decide to handle the dual threat at the position. It also helps that Jimmy Garoppolo and Bennett have seemed to develop a rapport in the preseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Eleven tight ends played 80 percent or more of the snaps in 2015, so if Bennett reaches that sort of playing time, he'll have a good shot at posting TE1 numbers given the overall production of New England's offense. He also has top five upside if anything were to happen to the injury-prone Gronkowski.

Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:12pm

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

Lost in the hype surrounding the Martellus Bennett acquisition and the Summer of Gronk III was the fact that the Patriots added a No. 3 tight end that could start for quite a few teams.

Clay Harbor, formerly of the Eagles and Jaguars, inked a two-year deal with the Pats in the spring, receiving a reported $400,000 signing bonus. That's a hefty guarantee for a player that is not considered a lock to make the final roster.

Or perhaps the Pats truly do have a spot set aside for Harbor. After all, he gives them something different.

While Gronkowski and Bennett have, as Bill Belichick said, "interchangeable" skill sets, the 6-foot-2 Harbor is in the "move" tight end mold: athletic and agile with the ball in his hands, able to serve as a fullback, and able to line up wide.

Fantasy Impact:

Harbor participated in spring practices, but began the summer on the PUP list. He came off PUP Sunday — along with Julian Edelman — and caught passes from Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo Monday.

Bears comfortable with Zach Miller at TE

Monday, August 1, 2016, 8:06am

ESPN - [Full Article]

One reason the Chicago Bears deemed tight end Martellus Bennett expendable is the emergence of veteran Zachary Miller, who posted career highs in starts (14), catches (34), receiving yards (439) and touchdowns (five) in a complimentary role last year.

"If you look back, he finished the season as the [main] tight end [when Bennett went on injured reserve]," coach John Fox said on Sunday. "He was our tight end at the conclusion of last season. So it's not new, not a new training ground. He finished as our starter at tight end last year, a guy who made some big plays. A lot was made of his durability, but he's worked very hard and he's having a very good camp so far."

Following the trade of Bennett to New England, the Bears re-upped Miller on a two-year deal with $3 million guaranteed - the only real significant move made at tight end in the offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller was the #5 TE over the final nine weeks of the season, and that includes Week 17, which he missed due to injury. He averaged 3.9 catches for 51 yards and 0.63 TD (on 5.1 targets per game) in that span. In the four games that Martellus Bennett missed, Miller averaged 5.0-55-0.50 on 6.8 targets per game. Those are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. Miller is 31 years old and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he'll be a compelling pick in the later rounds now that the Bears parted ways with Bennett.

Gronk impressed with Martellus Bennett

Friday, July 29, 2016, 9:51am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriot TEs Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett spent notable time together during practice Thursday, at one point breaking away to the second field with Tom Brady to work close to the goal line. The pairing brought a smile to Gronkowski's face.

"He’s great, a great guy to work with. He’s football smart. He came in and has picked up the playbook very well, which is super, super beneficial here in our offense. So that’s super good to see," he said.

"It’s another guy who is super talented and just wants me to push harder too. Seeing his athleticism and how he gets off the ball, I can bring it in my game, use some of his routes. He can use some of mine, so it’s great to work off each other.”

Fantasy Impact:

This is similar to what the Patriots did last year with Gronkowski and Scott Chandler, but the results weren't what the team was hoping for, in part because Chandler battled a nagging knee injury. So they're trying it again this year, with Bennett representing an upgrade in talent alongside Gronkowski, the story said. Bennett is just 19th on our list but it’s feasible that both Gronkowski and Bennett could deliver TE1 numbers. It should be noted that the Patriots did not have a productive pass-catching running back that year with Aaron Hernandez, and Dion Lewis will see his share of targets out of the backfield. Bennett would have top-5 potential if anything were to happen to Gronk.

Patriots trade for TE Martellus Bennett

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 8:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Chicago Bears are trading tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The teams are finalizing a deal, but the Patriots will also receive a sixth-round draft choice in exchange for Bennett, according to sources.

The Patriots have traditionally preferred to run a multiple tight-end offense, which hit its peak in 2011 with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. In 2015, the club thought it had a strong 1-2 punch with Gronkowski and Scott Chandler, who was signed as a free agent, but Chandler didn't pan out after inking a two-year contract worth a maximum value of $5.3 million.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears found a taker in the Patriots, who have been searching for an athletic tight end to fill the Aaron Hernandez role in the offense. Bennett will play second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski, and will likely trail Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis in targets. Bennett's departure opens the door for starter's snaps for Zachary Miller in Chicago. Miller could post TE1 numbers after coming on strong down the stretch last season.

Bears re-sign TE Zach Miller to a two-year deal

Monday, March 14, 2016, 11:50pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

If Zachary Miller is called on to be the Bears' No. 1 tight end this season, he's ready.

The contract he agreed to Monday certainly makes it appear the Bears believe he can handle the role. Miller flew in Monday night to sign a two-year deal worth $6 million with a chance to earn another $2 million.

The Bears leaned on Miller, 31, during the second half of last season, when he finally received an opportunity. With Martellus Bennett's situation tenuous at best, Miller is ready to pick up where he left off.

"I think I showed (I could be a No. 1)," Miller told the Tribune. "If that is wanted of me, I definitely can do it. However it plays out with Marty, I know he is a great player and a great friend. Love being around him, but that is out of my control, out of his control."

Fantasy Impact:

Miller was the #5 TE over the final nine weeks of the season, and that includes Week 17, which he missed due to injury. He averaged 3.9 catches for 51 yards and 0.63 TD (on 5.1 targets per game) in that span. In the four games that Martellus Bennett missed, Miller averaged 5.0-55-0.50 on 6.8 targets per game. Those are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. Miller is 31 years old and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he'll be a compelling pick in the later rounds if the Bears part ways with Bennett and re-sign Miller.

Rapoport: Bears expected to move on from TE Martellus Bennett

Friday, February 19, 2016, 11:29am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rapoport on the Bears TE situation: Would be surprised if Martellus Bennett is back, given the emergence of Zach Miller, combined with Bennett's price.

Fantasy Impact:

Bennett has a price tag of $5 million for the 2016 season, but he didn't have a very good season, catching just 53 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. He turns 29 in March. Meanwhile, Zachary Miller posted 34-439-5. He was the #5 TE over the final nine weeks of the season, and that includes Week 17, which he missed due to injury. Miller is 31 years old and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he'll be a compelling pick in the later rounds if he's the clear starter in Chicago.

Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm

Bears TE Zachary Miller (ribs, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 15. Miller played through the rib injury last week, and is expected to play. He’s a low-end TE1 with Martellus Bennett out for the year. He’s averaging 3.0 receptions for 46 yards and 0.83 TD in his last six games, and Bennett played in four of those.

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm

Bears TE Zachary Miller (ribs) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Miller also has a rib injury, but played through it last week. He’s a low-end TE1 with Martellus Bennett out for the year. He’s averaging 3.0 receptions for 46 yards and 0.83 TD in his last six games, and Bennett played in four of those.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm

Bears TE Zachary Miller (illness) did not practice Wednesday. Miller also has a rib injury, but played through it last week. He’s a low-end TE1 with Martellus Bennett out for the year. He’s averaging 3.0 receptions for 46 yards and 0.83 TD in his last six games, and Bennett played in four of those.

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