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Fantasy Football Info: Bears’ Earl Bennett is Coming in Low and Sideways

Chicago Bears v Seattle Seahawks

The Chicago Bears currently support the worst receiving core in all of fantasy football. Heck it’s not every day you can say a corner back is a teams No.1 target coming into a season (let alone two seasons). But to the Bears credit they are a solid team outside of that position.

With star headline players in Jay Cutler and Matt Forte the Bears have an opportunity to win in any game. Add a solid offensive line and a great pair of tight ends in Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark and you have good pieces for consistent success.

At this point in time Devin Hester is on paper the No.1 receiver on this team, but I do not believe it will stay that way by seasons end. Someone should step up in the receiving core and take over this spot as they will need a true receiver to make a playoff run.

Entire Earl Bennett

Kentucky v Vanderbilt
If you don’t know who the heck Earl Bennett is, that is perfectly fine. I didn’t know who the heck this guy was myself until a couple months ago. To be honest why should anyone have known about Earl, seeing that he has not had one regular season catch in his career…..yet.

Bennett was the Bears third round pick out of Vanderbilt, this is also the same school as the Bears first round pick in 2007 in tackle Chris Williams. These two players are not the only starters out of this school as new quarterback Jay Cutler is also from Vandy.

When Jay played at Vanderbilt, Earl Bennett was in his freshmen season on the team. Earl would go on and be a fine target for Cutler as he totaled nine touchdowns and 79 receptions on the season.

After that season Jay Cutler went on to the NFL, but in spite of losing his star quarterback Earl built on his reception totals (82) and receiving yards (1,146) in his second year in college.

While those first two season were impressive Bennett had a down year of sorts in his final campaign as a junior, posting his worst numbers in touchdowns, yards and receptions in his college career.

Striking Gold in the Off-Season

Bennett must have been doing the “funky chicken” on the floor after receiving the news that Jay Cutler was coming to the team, this off-season. With Jay now implanted on the team for years to come, Earl has he great opportunity to shine at the NFL level.

Because the Bears have such a sorry staff of receivers as competition around Bennett, one as to feel that Jay will not hesitate to look Earls way this coming season.

Turning Water into Wine?

Jay Cutler reminds me of Brett Favre as he has a cannon for an arm and is prone to gambling at times by threading the needle with his passes. Like Brett, I believe Cutler has the ability to turn average receivers in to pro bowler type players. Just look at some of the guys that went to the pro bowl in Green Bay other then the great Sterling Sharpe.

Robert Brooks
Donald Driver
Antonio Freeman
Greg Jennings ( maybe Greg did not go to the pro bowl but he had a great year in ’07)

I could be wrong but I do believe that all four of those receivers were not first round picks. Yet all of them had great success with the wild man Brett Favre.

Jay Cutler has already made names like Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal respected names in fantasy football. I believe he should make Earl Bennett and Greg Olsen (even more so) , respectable fantasy names as well by seasons end.

Fantasy Football Information on Earl Bennett

Earl to me is the classic player that can move up draft boards very fast if he has a solid pre-season. For a player that has zero experience on the field, fantasy owners need to see Bennett produce more then just hype this summer.

If Earl can show his ability’s then I would suggest (at this point in time) to look for Earl as a very nice late round sleeper in your fantasy draft.

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