New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett made many Fantasy Football owners happy with his 6-catch, 67-yard, 3-touchdown performance in Tom Brady’s season debut and the teams’ 33-13 rout of the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. But Bennett doesn’t care about your Fantasy Football team.
“It’s ridiculous the way Fantasy Football is. People are like, ‘I can’t work this week, I lost my Fantasy Football,'” the Pro Bowl tight end told ESPN’s Mina Kimes in the E:60 feature, The Brothers Bennett, that aired on Wednesday.
“Do not draft me. I’m not a fantasy football tight end,” Bennett continued. “I am a true blue-collar tight end, like I work with—my hands are dirty. I put my hands in the dirt. Other tight ends, they don’t know what it means to get in a 3-point stance. Like, come on. Don’t come at me about Fantasy Football. My hand’s in the dirt, bro. I’m working over here. I’m a construction worker over here. I’m blue-collar, they’re white-collar tight ends.”
On the season, Bennett has totaled 21 catches, 314 yards and 4 touchdowns through 5 games in his first season with the Patriots. The Chicago Bears traded Bennett to New England in March. Bennett posted career-best numbers in his lone Pro Bowl season in 2014, when he led all NFL tight ends with 90 receptions, a mark that broke Mike Ditka’s 50-year-old franchise record.
Clearly, Bennett has the talent and posts the numbers capable of Fantasy Football lore. But his mindset on the actual game of football blends in perfectly with head coach Bill Belichick’s ‘Do your job’ mantra in New England.