Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson, the top-scoring running back in fantasy football last season, says he doesn't let overbearing fantasy owners bother him, but he admits their act does grow tiresome over time.
Chris Strauss of USA Today passed along Peterson's comments about fantasy football players. From the perspective of NFL athletes, it's certainly become an interesting topic as the game has developed more widespread popularity in recent years.
I don't wanna say it's so worksome, but it gets worksome. 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.
The Vikings' main offensive weapon is off to another strong start in 2013, rushing for nearly 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first two weeks. That's not quite on the pace he set last season, but it's still good enough to rank second at his position in standard fantasy formats behind LeSean McCoy.
Despite his terrific numbers, Peterson said he still hears some pretty wild stuff from fantasy owners, both via social media and, shockingly, in person.
I've heard some crazy responses. 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.
The fact that people would be willing to send messages on Twitter doesn't come as a surprise. But that people are willing to criticize Peterson and other players to their face over a fantasy football matchup takes it to another level.
Peterson's comments come a couple days after fellow running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens tweeted his displeasure with the treatment from fantasy owners. After a solid opener, Rice struggled in Week 2, scoring just one point in standard formats.
That, along with a hip injury that leaves his status uncertain for Week 3, drew enough ire from fantasy owners for Rice to make his stance about them crystal clear.
I was a fan of fantasy football until today so many spiteful and hateful words I still love you all God Bless great win today #Ravens— Ray Rice (@RayRice27) September 15, 2013
Who do you side with in this growing debate?
Rice's Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns, even though he wasn't able to find much running room prior to suffering the injury. Afterward, fantasy owners clearly got under his skin, which seemingly made it difficult to fully enjoy the victory.
Ultimately, there's nothing players can do to stop the comments beyond disconnecting themselves from the outside world and, in turn, the true fans who couldn't care less about fantasy stats. But it's a decision some may make.
And these players are speaking out after Week 2. Just wait until the fantasy football playoffs start later in the season.