5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Bennett finally emerged from the shadow of Jason Witten in 2012 and turned in a solid season as a member of the New York Giants. Paired up with Eli Manning, Bennett was able to secure career highs in receptions (55), yardage (626) and touchdowns (5) and is now considered a viable option at tight end in the fantasy football world. However, this offseason has seen Bennett trade in his Giants blue for an opportunity to play with new head coach Marc Trestman and the Chicago Bears. How will his new surroundings impact Bennett’s 2013 season? One simple factor will likely be the key.
The most glaring upgrade for Martellus Bennett heading into the 2013 season in Chicago is simply lack of competition. The 2013 season in New York would have had Bennett as the third option at best, with Victor Cruz and a now healthy Hakeem Nicks in the fold in addition to Rueben Randle. However, there was no NFL team in need of a second receiving option in 2012 as much as the Chicago Bears. Star receiver Brandon Marshall was the entire Bears air game last season, as he caught 118 passes for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. Marshall’s insane season accounted for 41 percent of Chicago’s completed passes, 46 percent of all receiving yards, and 52 percent of all Bears touchdown catches. What these numbers illustrate, is that the Bears needed a sidekick for the amazing Brandon Marshall, and Martellus Bennett will fill the role nicely. Expect an increase across the board for Bennett in Chicago, who will make a fantastic later round tight end selection this season.