Players acquired by new teams:
Martellus Bennett (GB from NE) – The Packers and Bennett agreed to a three-year, $20.25 million contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Analysis: The Packers are notoriously stingy in free agency, but they made a rare exception to open up the purse strings to ink Bennett. He went to New England last season expecting to be the #2 TE behind Rob Gronkowski, but he became the #1 when Gronk (back) went down for the season in Week 12. No matter if Gronk was in or out of the lineup, Bennett was a highly volatile fantasy asset for most of the season. He scored 15+ FP five times, but he scored under 6 FP a whopping seven times, which is a tough pill to swallow for a player that was frequently used as a low-end TE1. He did score 3 of his 7 TDs in his final four games of the regular season, but he also finished under 40 yards three times in that span. Bennett did battle a major ankle issue for much of the season, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported before the AFC Championship that Bennett is likely to undergo off-season ankle surgery to repair a cracked bone and to clean up bone chips. He finished the year with 55/701/7 receiving on 73 targets (75.3% catch rate, 12.7 YPC) in 16 games. Bennett averaged 10.5 FPG, ranking 15th at the position behind Dennis Pitta. He played 78% of the snaps, saw 13.5% target share, and had 7.15% of the team’s touches. Bennett averaged an impressive 2.30 fantasy points per target – the league average for the position was 1.75. Marty B gutted it out through his ankle injury last season, and he should move much better next season if he can get back to full health, and he did look healthier in the Super Bowl with two weeks to rest. Bennett is obviously stepping into a great situation playing with Aaron Rodgers, filling the void that Jared Cook left behind. Bennett, who just turned 30, doesn’t have quite the speed that Cook has down the seams, but Marty B is the better overall receiver and blocker. He’ll also be a major factor down by the end zone at 6’6”, 275 pounds, and Rodgers has never been shy about looking for TEs in the red zone. Bennett’s floor will probably be as a low-end TE1 with the potential for much more playing with the NFL’s best QB. You’re going to have to pay up to get him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next summer, but the upside is there for Bennett playing in this passing game.
Jared Cook (Oak from GB) – The Raiders and Cooks agreed to terms on a deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.