Martellus Bennett appears to be a smart man with his football career. After one season with Tom Brady, where he won a Super Bowl and filled in admirably for an injured Rob Gronkowski, he moved on as a free agent to Green Bay, where he will play with Aaron Rodgers. Those are arguably two of the best quarterbacks of all time, and Bennett will look to remain a viable Fantasy option with the Packers in 2017. In New England, Bennett was the No. 7 Fantasy tight end with 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns on 73 targets, and he will replace the departed Jared Cook as the starter for the Packers. Rodgers hasn't relied consistently on his tight ends in Green Bay -- Jermichael Finley in 2011, Richard Rodgers in 2015 and Cook in the NFL playoffs last year are the prominent options that come to mind -- and we see Bennett taking a slight step back with his production. He's a low-end starter at best, and he's only worth drafting with a late-round pick in most formats.
Bennett has been spending his short time in Green Bay getting familiar with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ludtke of the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Off the field or on it, Bennett has made a point of reaching out to his new quarterback as the duo aims to get on the same page this season. "I'm always talking with him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants," Bennett said. "Always trying to figure out, just trying to have those conversations on and off the field, trying to get to know each other as players, and as people." After spending last season with the Patriots, Bennett will now get to be "the guy" at tight end and offers the Packers a size and physicality they haven't had at the position since Jermichael Finley played in 2013. Between his athletic ability and newfound friendship with Rodgers, Bennett could be in line for the best season of his career, boosting his fantasy value from years past.
The Packers signed Bennett on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Shortly after word leaked that negotiations between the Packers and tight end Jared Cook had deteriorated, general manager Ted Thompson arguably upgraded the position with the addition of Bennett. Although Bennett served as the Patriots' No. 1 TE for much of last season with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined for much of it, the former still racked up 55 receptions (on 73 targets) for 701 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns. Exchanging Tom Brady for Aaron Rodgers shouldn't hinder Bennett's volume in the slightest, even with Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb on his side.
Bennett said he will be moving on from New England, Patriots.com reports. After acquiring Dwayne Allen in a trade with Indianapolis, the Patriots presumably won't be willing to meet Bennett's asking price. Boasting a strong track record along with a well-rounded skill set, the soon-to-be 30-year-old won't have any trouble finding a starting job and a hefty multi-year deal. Bennett is almost universally viewed as the top tight end on the free agent market.
Bennett is a possible target for Jacksonville or Oakland, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. The Patriots remain interested in bringing back Bennett, but he may be looking to cash in after a Super Bowl win.
Bennett (knee) secured five of six targets for 62 yards in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons. In a game where Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, Bennett got his share of looks and was largely effective with them. He also was notably targeted on two potential game-winning passes in overtime, drawing a key pass interfence penalty on the first one that gave the Patriots the ball at the Falcons' two-yard line. The veteran tight end was a serviceable target for Brady despite playing with numerous injuries during the second half of the season, hauling in 55 of 73 targets for 7-1 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.
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|7||10/22||New Orleans Saints||16||6.88|
|13||12/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||6.13|
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