Monday, July 1, 2013
Fantasy hint: Martellus Bennett over Finley?
By Kevin Seifert
Make sure you watch until the end of this Fantasy Roundtable clip to see how ESPN.com's experts ranked the NFC North's tight ends.
I wasn't shocked to see the Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph the top ranked in this division and No. 7 overall, but I was mildly surprised to see more confidence (from a fantasy standpoint) in the Chicago Bears' Martellus Bennett than the Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finely.
Last season was Bennett's first with more than 33 catches, while Finley has had at least 55 receptions three times in his five-year career. The Packers have more options in the passing game, but Bennett will be playing in an offense that is in its first year of development.
I could, however, see Bennett exceeding Finley from a touchdown perspective. In recent history, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has looked for the tight end near the end zone. In two seasons, Bears tight end Kellen Davis caught only 37 passes, but seven of them went for touchdowns. Backup Matt Spaeth added three touchdowns among 13 receptions.
In 2010, Bears tight end Greg Olsen scored five touchdowns among his 41 receptions. Davis had one that year, bringing the total to 16 touchdowns among 92 receptions for Bears tight ends over the past three seasons.