Martellus Bennett Fantasy News

Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte ACTIVE for the Bears

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 7:16pm - [Full Article]

Bears Inactives

Nick Becton OT
Martellus Bennett TE
Ka'Deem Carey RB
Jacoby Glenn CB
Antrel Rolle SS
Eddie Royal WR
Will Sutton DE

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Forte is active and is expected to start against the Packers, though he's likely to split touches with Jeremy Langford. Alshon Jeffery is also active, though he may not be close to 100%.

Thanksgiving Day Injury Reports & Analysis

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 5:44pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers

CB Charles Tillman (knee)

WR Corey Brown (shoulder)

DT Dwan Edwards (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), LS J.J. Jansen (head), G Andrew Norwell (hamstring)

Dallas Cowboys

CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle), DE Ryan Russell (abdomen)

WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), CB Byron Jones (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), LB Rolando McClain (foot), RB Darren McFadden (groin), QB Tony Romo (back, left shoulder), LB Kyle Wilber (toe)

Philadelphia Eagles

TE Zach Ertz (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin)

QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)

LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)

Detroit Lions

S Don Carey (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (neck), DT Gabe Wright (ankle)

CB Crezdon Butler (teeth), TE Eric Ebron (quadricep, hand)

Chicago Bears

TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), RB Ka'Deem Carey (concussion), WR Eddie Royal (knee)

RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (groin), S Sherrod Martin (neck), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee), S Antrel Rolle (knee)

Green Bay Packers

WR Jared Abbrederis (rib, chest), WR Ty Montgomery (ankle)

S Micah Hyde (hip), C Corey Linsley (ankle), DE Mike Pennel (quadricep), CB Damarious Randall (hamstring)

WR Davante Adams (ankle), T David Bakhtiari (knee), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (ankle), LB Jay Elliott (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), G T.J. Lang (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), RB Aaron Ripkowski (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Panthers, if Corey Brown is out, then Devin Funchess figures to be a Sneaky Start once again. With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is questionable but is expected to play. With Martellus Bennett sidelined, Zachary Miller is also a Sneaky Start at the tight end position. He has been very involved the last few weeks and the Packers just gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph last week. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are both expected to play, but the Bears have been very devious when it comes to handing out injury information. Don't be shocked if either is inactive on Thursday evening. If they both return, it will obviously put a dent in the upside of Marquess Wilson and Jeremy Langford, respectively.

Bears Beat: Jeremy Langford's role will increase when Matt Forte returns

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 10:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jeremy Langford had been waiting for this moment.

“All my life. Especially on Monday Night Football, like this,” the rookie said after helping lead the Chicago Bears to a 22-19 win over the San Diego Chargers.

“I said last week that we were in good hands with Jeremy. ... I was right,” Bears tight end Martellus Bennett said.

The team is clearly confident in Langford. He is the heir apparent to Forte, who may not return for several weeks and becomes a free agent after the season. Even when Forte does come back, the expectation is for Langford to enjoy an increased role.

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Forte's knee injury opened the door for the Bears to feature Langford -- the club’s 2015 fourth-round draft choice -- in the backfield. Even though Ka’Deem Carey technically started the game, Langford played the majority of the snaps, finishing with 142 all-purpose yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion. Even when Forte returns, it only makes sense the Bears continue to see what they have in Langford, which doesn't appear to be good news for Forte owners.

Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (quadricep, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 6. Bennett injured his quad at practice on Thursday and may miss Week 6. The Bears play early on Sunday.

Source: Alshon Jeffery to return Week 4

Monday, September 28, 2015, 1:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery expects to return from his hamstring injury for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He still has the most receiving yards among Bears wide receivers despite missing two straight games. Tight end Martellus Bennett leads the team overall in that category with 118 yards on 13 receptions. Veteran receiver Eddie Royal is second on the team in receptions with 11 for just 66 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

He would be a welcome addition back to the offense that wasn't able to show much in Week 3 at Seattle posting zero points. Jeffery has missed two consecutive games with his hamstring injury. He missed the entire preseason schedule with a severe left calf strain but played in the regular-season opener, catching five passes for 78 yards on 60 snaps.

Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 2. Jeffery injured his hamstring in practice this week and is iffy for Sunday. The Bears play early, so at least fantasy owners will be able to make an informed decision. If Jeffery can’t play, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson would get a bump, while Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte would likely be more involved in the offense as well.

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

PFT - [Full Article]

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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 - [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.

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