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.