One of the biggest things in daily fantasy football is finding those sneaky sleepers that no one else will be on. We doubt “no one” will be on New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett this week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ignore him or that he’s not technically sleeper.
With starter Rob Gronkowski (chest) banged up and possibly out for week 11, Bennett shoots up this week’s tight end rankings with a shot at a huge day against a bad San Francisco 49ers defense.
It was originally believed that Gronkowski may have suffered a punctured lung on a nasty hit by Seattle safety Earl Thomas, but that rumor has since been debunked:
Being told Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has a chest injury – not a punctured lung – that is considered “not overly serious.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 15, 2016
Gronkowski still figures to be dealing with a painful injury, however, and if he’s going to be out or limited this week, Bennett certainly becomes a very attractive NFL DFS bargain buy. That’s specifically the case over at DraftKings, where Bennett is a cool $3.7k, as opposed to the injured Gronk, who was set to pace all tight ends in salary cap price at $7.1k. Even with Gronkowski possibly out, there are several expensive tight end options, and although some are attractive, the salary cap relief offered by Martellus Bennett might be too good to pass up. Bennett reminded us all just this past week of how good he is (20 fantasy points on a 7-102-0 line):
Thhis week he could see a far bigger role against a Niners defense that got destroyed by Greg Olsen earlier in the year. The 49ers do rank well against tight ends on the year, but facing Bennett and an angry Patriots team that just lost for the first time since Tom Brady returned from a four-game suspension is another story.
While it’s tough to guarantee a big week 11 outing for Bennett, it’s going to be very tough to bypass him when creating week 11 daily fantasy football lineups if Gronk is indeed out. Be sure to stay on top of the latest NFL news to see if Gronkowski is going to sit out. If he’s out, feel free to fire up Bennett in all fantasy leagues – especially NFL DFS contests at DK.