We saw Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice bash fantasy football owners who were being a little mean to him for not producing early in the NFL season. Last season’s leading rusher in the NFL, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, agrees to a certain extent.
“I don’t wanna say it’s so worksome, but it gets worksome,” Peterson said, via the USA Today. “You’ve got so many different personalities out there. You’ve got people that’s cheering you on and people that beat you down because you didn’t score a touchdown or get this amount of yards. So, it’s cool but then again it’s a headache as well. It’s more of a headache if you let it bother you, which I don’t.”
For the record, Peterson hasn’t had a horrible start to his season. he’s rushed for 193 yards in two games with two touchdowns. That doesn’t stop fans from expecting or wanting more out of their fantasy football teams. It’s the owners who are worse on players than the fantasy football players who don’t have Peterson.
“I’ve heard some crazy responses,” Peterson said. “Not just through Twitter but just in person, like wow. Did I just get threatened to rush for 100 yards? You would think it be more so the people that didn’t get you, but it’s the ones that have you. I’m not just going about myself, I’m kind of talking in general about other people having criticized the player they pick as well. It’s brutal for some guys. Then next week when you throw for 300 or 400 yards, you’re the baddest thing smokin’. But that’s just the way of the world.”
It takes a brave, brave man to threaten Adrian Peterson, the man who crushes hands with a single handshake, over a simple fantasy football game.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has said that fantasy owners coming up to him has become relatively frequent.
“It’s become a fairly common standard greeting,” Luck told For The Win. “I think it’s up there with ‘Hello,’ ‘How are you?’ and ‘Good luck this weekend.’” It’s ‘Hey, I have you on my fantasy team.’ That’s the landscape of the NFL. People love it and it’s great for fans. Not so great for the players who have to hear it. It’s just there.”