Fantasy Reaction: Michael Bennett Signs With Seattle
In a surprising move, the Seahawks inked former Buccaneers’ defensive end Michael Bennett to a one-year deal. This comes on the heels of their signing of Cliff Avril to apparently fill in for the injured Chris Clemons. While it may seem like an over-consumption of defensive ends, this move actually does make quite a bit of sense and Bennett could still have some IDP value heading into 2013.
Neither Avril nor incumbent Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin are particularly strong against the run. In fact, the two combined for a -19.0 run defense grade in 2012. Bennett, on the other hand, graded out at +10.6 against the run, and figures to get the nod over Avril or Irvin on early downs.
From an IDP standpoint, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to record tackles. Although Avril and Irvin will likely be at defensive end in most obvious passing scenarios, Bennett has the size and ability to slide inside and play defensive tackle if necessary.
Unfortunately, the crowded defensive end position in Seattle will limit Bennett’s IDP value, especially upon Clemons’ return to the lineup. You also have to consider that Bennett will be facing strong right tackles throughout the season, as our own Ben Stockwell points out in this article.
Based on his limited sack upside and uncertain role, it’s tough to advocate placing much fantasy stock in Bennett at this point. Currently, Bennett seems to be best fitted as a roster depth as a DE4/DE5, though that could certainly change as we get more clarity on the situation this offseason.
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