Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune says that Martellus Bennett said he expected to be at training camp in late July. Other specifics were few and far between for the tight end, who has stayed away while looking for a new contract. He did not participate in OTAs. (Source: Dan Wiederer)
Fantasy Impact: If Bennett is present at camp and through the preseason, he is far and away the number one tight end option for the Bears, ahead of other players such as Dante Rosario and Zach Miller.
Jeff Dickerson reports that TE Martellus Bennett was not present during the first day of OTAs for the Chicago Bears. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported in April that Bennett would not report to any team without a new contract. Bennett has two years left on his existing deal. (Source: Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Chicago)
Fantasy Impact: Bennett is no stranger to offseason drama and extra attention since joining the Bears in 2013. Coming off a career year in 2014 where he caught 90 catches for 900+ yards and 6 touchdowns, one will assume he will report to camp or be ready for the 2015 season eventually. If not, there is no real clear cut second option at TE for the Bears, who have invited 10 tight ends to camp. If Bennett is traded or holds out, look for Dante Rosario to take over No. 1 TE duties. However, unless Rosario emerges as a viable threat in now his eighth season (only 34 catches, 341 yards and 3 TD since 2011), fantasy owners would be smart to look elsewhere other than Chicago for TE help.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN and undisclosed sources, the Chicago Bears are entertaining trade offers for Martellus Bennett. The reason the Bears are open to trading Bennett is because he is seeking a new contract and does not plan to show up in Chicago or anywhere else without one. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: If the Bears traded Bennett, it would be a big blow to their offensive arsenal. Last year was a career year for Bennett who made the Pro-Bowl as an alternate. He is the last Bears TE to make a Pro-Bowl since Mike Ditka. Bennett had 90 receptions for over 1,000 yards last year; it will be tough to replace him. Bennett's fantasy value will depend on which team he winds up with if the trade comes to fruition.
Martellus Bennett caught eight passes for 59 yards in the season finale versus Minnesota.
Fantasy Impact: Week 17 PPR fantasy teams may have been the only ones who benefited from Bennett's eight catch day. With a possible coaching change on the horizon keep your eye on Martellus Bennett for your 2015 fantasy football draft.
Martellus Bennett caught 1 pass for 0 yards on Sunday versus the Lions.
Fantasy Impact: Bennett only received three targets on Sunday from quarterback Jimmy Clausen resulting in a goose egg for Week 16 fantasy football Super Bowl teams. Bennett is too risky to start versus Minnesota for those that are looking for Week 17 tight end help.
Martellus Bennett had 4 catches for 30 yards Monday night versus the New Orleans Saints.
Fantasy Impact: You may have been a bit disappointed if your playoff hopes were dependent on Martellus Bennett's week 15 performance. The Chicago Bear offense is in a state of disarray and Bennett's performance suffered as a result. However, with Brandon Marshall out for the season, the Bears' tight end could still see a decent game next week versus the Lions. Consider Bennett a risky, low end TE1 for your week 16 fantasy football playoffs or super bowl.
Martellus Bennett hauled in 12 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown Thursday night versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Impact: Martellus Bennett's performance was bittersweet Thursday night against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. Despite the loss, Martellus hauled in 12 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. This is solid fantasy production from a tight end. Look forward to pressing the auto-start button for Bennett in the TE1 position for the remainder of the fantasy playoffs.
Martellus Bennett is listed as probable on the Bears injury report after being limited in practice Monday due to a foot injury. Bennett practiced in full Tuesday and Wednesday and looks to be a go against his former team Thursday night. (Source: ChicagoBears.com)
Fantasy Impact: It is good to see Bennett listed as probable as this has the makings of a possible revenge game against the Cowboys. Bennett was drafted by Dallas but was never given an opportunity to shine since Jason Witten was already entrenched in the starting tight end role. If Alshon Jeffery is not able to play, Bennett becomes a top 5 tight end play this week. Either way start him with confidence.
Martellus Bennett snagged 8 passes for a team high 109 yards on Thanksgiving Day versus the Lions.
Fantasy Impact: Martellus bulldozed over defenders for extra yards after the catch. He should continue to receive plenty of attention from quarterback Jay Cutler in the remaining weeks and be a decent TE1 for your team in the fantasy playoffs.
Facing a tough Lions run defense, Chicago focused on the passing game clearly benefiting the receivers and tight end Martellus Bennett. Bennett tied for second on the team with 11 targets. He turned those targets into eight receptions for a team high 109 yards. Bennett's day could of been bigger as he had a couple of brutal drops late in the game.
Fantasy Impact: Despite the Bears struggles, Bennett is having a career year. Through 12 games he has collected 65 catches and five touchdowns tying a career high. Bennett also ranks first among NFL tight ends for receptions and second with 737 yards. Drafted late, if at all, Bennett has been an absolute steal for fantasy owners. You can count on him the next week as they face a soft Cowboys defense Thursday night.
Martellus Bennett caught four passes for a team leading 37 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: The Chicago Bear passing game struggled on Sunday versus Tampa Bay. Nonetheless, Martellus led the Bears team in receiving and was targeted 7 times. Consider Martellus a low end TE1 on Thanksgiving Day versus the Lions.
Martellus Bennett caught all four of his targets resulting in a 4 reception 29 yard day against the Minnesota Vikings. (Source: CBSSports.com)
Fantasy Impact: Martellus remains a reliable safety valve for quarterback Jay Cutler as he caught every pass thrown his way on Sunday versus the Vikings. Martellus did play through a rib injury that limited his practice time earlier in the week. Unfortunately for the fantasy team relying on his services, Bennett's meek performance was not what you would want from your starting tight end. In the Chicago offense, however, Martellus should still be considered a low end TE1 with upside next week versus Tampa Bay.
Heading into Sunday night's contest versus Green Bay, Bears TE Martellus Bennett missed practice time and almost did not play against the Packers. While he was active, Bennett did not see much action in an embarrassing lopsided loss. The TE had 2 catches for 45 yards on 6 targets.
Fantasy Impact: The Bears offense could not get in sync Sunday night as they fell behind early. Bennett had a couple of drops and was the target on QB Jay Cutler's first pick of the game. The TE appeared to hampered by his rib injury, but the score of the game also seemed to affect his effort as well. This makes 4 ho-hum games out of the last 5 for Bennett, who is a low end TE1 for the remainder of the season.
Bears TE Martellus Bennett is active for Sunday night's game in Green Bay. Bennett was listed as questionable due to a rib injury suffered in practice on Thursday. (Source: Brad Biggs on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Good news if you rolled the dice on Bennett playing tonight. Expectations shouldn't be high for the TE as he may be limited due to the injury, but if you waited this long you are playing Bennett.
Bears TE Martellus Bennett remains questionable for Sunday night's game in Green Bay. Since Bennett will be a game time decision, Chicago promoted TE Blake Annen from the practice squad as insurance if Bennett can not play. Dante Rosario would start if Bennett was not able to go. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: No one is completely sure if Bennett will play tonight. Bennett has said he "probably" will play tonight, but the roster move shows the Bears' concern. Since the Bears play on SNF, owners must need to decide if they will risk leaving Bennett in. If you do risk it, make sure to grab Rosario or one of the Green Bay TEs (Richard Rodgers or Andrew Quarless) just in case. Or if by some strange reason the MNF TEs (Zach Ertz or Greg Olsen) are free agents, be sure to grab them. If you don't want to chance it, see if Owen Daniels or Mychal Rivera are available. Both make good fill-in plays.
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett missed practice on Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday night's game in Green Bay. Bennett suffered a rib injury during practice on Thursday that prevented him from finishing the session. Veteran Dante Rosario would start at TE if Bennett can not play on Sunday. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: For what it is worth, Bennett said that he will "probably" play Sunday night. He does have a history of playing through injuries and Coach Trestman has allowed players to play with limited practice. But since the Bears play the night game on Sunday, have a backup plan ready in case the reports don't look well Sunday morning.
According to Bears beat reporter Brad Biggs, tight end Martellus Bennett was limited in practice today with a rib injury. (Source: Brad Biggs via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bennett is a top 10 tight end this season. He will be needed on Sunday to help spread the Green Bay Packers defense. An injury late in the week may not be good, but Bennett is a tough player.
After putting up 0 catches in the first half, Martellus Bennett ends up leading the Bears in receiving yards and catches. The TE finished with 6 catches for 95 yards and 1 TD.
Fantasy Impact: The Bears fell behind big and Bennett took advantage of the soft Patriots defense in the second half. His touchdown catch was the highlight of the game for Chicago as he fought through a defender to come up with the catch in the end zone. Bennett proved is a must start at TE every week he is out there. The Bears have their bye in Week 9 and return to action in 2 weeks versus Green Bay.
Bears TE Martellus Bennett practiced in full on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game in New England. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Dealing with a sore hamstring all week doesn't look like it will stop Bennett from suiting this week. The Patriots are middle of the pack against TEs, giving up a little over 50 yards a game. New England's defense was been hit with injuries though, with LB Jerod Mayo done for the year and star DE Chandler Jones out at least a month. Bennett has struggled the last 3 weeks, but is always a big red zone threat for the Bears. The ' Black Unicorn' is a mid range TE1 this week, around 8 overall for TEs in standard leagues and 6 in PPR.
Bears TE Martellus Bennett returned to practice in limited fashion after missing Wednesday's session. Bennett is nursing a hamstring injury. The TE is fully expected to play on Sunday in New England. (Source: Brad Biggs on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: While it is a good sign that Bennett practiced in some capacity on Thursday, wait to see what his designation is on the injury report on Friday before making a decision. It may be best to have another option ready as Bennett has struggled in recent weeks anyways. He is averaging 4 catches and just over 40 yards per game the last 3 weeks. If he is active, Bennett will be a low end TE1 against an average but depleted Patriots D in Week 8.
Martellus Bennett finished the day with 5 catches for 58 yards. 3 of Bennett's catches came during the final drive in garbage time.
Fantasy Impact: After starting the season strong, Bennett has disappointed with only 127 yards in the past 3 games. For most of the game versus the Dolphins, the entire Bears offense couldn't get much going, Bennett included. Going to New England in week 8 will hopefully revitalize the slumping TE's production.
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett had an adequate day in Atlanta on Sunday. Bennett brought in 4 of his 8 targets for 52 yards. He also had a 2 pt conversion.
Fantasy Impact: After starting the year on fire (13.4 fantasy pts/game), Bennett has definitely cooled down the last 2 weeks. Bennett has had only 7 catches and 69 yards versus Carolina and Atlanta combined. With Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall fully healthy, Bennett will resume his role as a red zone threat but not much else. The 'Black Unicorn' can be considered a low end TE1 for the remainder of the season.
Martellus Bennett had 3 catches for 17 yards on 5 targets. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: As noted the past few weeks, Bennett needs those touchdowns to be a top-flight TE. Without them, these sub-20 yard performances could ruin your matchup. Gauge your expectations with Bennett, as Jeffrey and Marshall will continue to get healthier and steal targets. For now, start Bennett against Atlanta.
Martellus Bennett had 9 catches for 134 yards. He had a team high 11 targets.
Fantasy Impact: Bennett has played out of his mind this season. He almost had a TD right before the end of the first half, but was ruled down at the 1 yard line. Bennett is on pace for 116 receptions, 1,180 yards and 16 touchdowns. That projections is a little bloated, as Jeffrey and Marshall have been banged up, but Bennett is certainly proving that he deserves Cutler's attention. Continue to start Bennett in all formats.
Martellus Bennett had 5 catches for 54 yards along with two scores on Monday. Bennett's 8 targets were second on the team.
Fantasy Impact: Bennett continues to be a redzone target for Jay Cutler this season. He has racked up 4 TDs in the first 3 games. It is worth noting that Bennett's first score was on 3rd down after Brandon Marshall got back-to-back looks from Cutler inside the 10 yard line. Marshall was hobbled in this game, and Bennett capitalized. As long as Bennett continues to be a threat in the redzone, keep him in the lineup. He remains a solid TE1 in most formats.
Martellus Bennett hauled in 7 receptions for 37 yards and a score, Sunday night in San Francisco. Bennett tied Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte with 8 targets.
Fantasy Impact: Bennett had most of his catches in the first half. He benefited from a Kyle Fuller interception that set up a 3-yard TD. With Alshon Jeffrey hobbled for most of the game, Bennett proved his worth in the passing game and more importantly, in the red zone. He remains a solid TE1.
Bennett reeled in 8 catches for 70 yards on 10 targets in Sunday's overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills. Bennett scored on the first possession, a 12-yard strike.
Fantasy Impact: His solid production had more to do with an injured Alshon Jeffrey, than dominating the middle of the field. Bennett's 10 targets did not include a 22 yard pass that was wiped away by an offensive pass interference call. If Jeffrey misses any time, Bennett moves into a must-start at the TE position. For now, he remains a solid low-tier TE1.
In his second game back from suspension, Bears TE Martellus Bennett had a quiet game catching only 1 pass for 22 yards. Bennett's catch was initially called a touchdown before replay revealed he was down by contact. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Bennett remains a feast or famine TE, as his top 12 ranking depends on getting touchdowns. Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall will continue to get the majority of looks from Jay Cutler. In redzone situations, Cutler has been known to look for his TEs. Recently injured TE Zach Miller caught a TD from Cutler in the first preseason game while Bennett was suspended.
Martellus Bennett has rejoined Bears training camp after being suspended by the team for 6 days. Bennett was suspended after an on-field incident with CB Kyle Fuller during practice. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: As expected Bennett has returned to the Bears and has resumed his role as the top TE for the team. Bennett can be safely return to being drafted as a top 12 TE in all leagues. Expect the Black Unicorn to put up similar numbers to the 60+ catch, 750 yard season he had in 2013.
Martellus Bennett has been fined and suspended indefinitely by the Bears in response to his actions against rookie Kyle Fuller at practice on Monday. (Source: Michael C Wright on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hopefully Bennett is not out too long as he is an integral part of this offense this season. The more time he misses, the more his value may drop since players that are not practicing always seem to come back and start slower. Keep an eye on his timing of return.