On the one hand, fantasy football is great for sports. This broadens fan interest well beyond games involving or affecting their favorite teams. This generates higher ratings. It brings in more money.
On the other hand, fantasy football distorts and bastardizes the game. This creates conflicts for fans’ interests. This further trivializes and dehumanizes the men who play this game.
As for that last point, the notion of players as game pieces and not actual people leads many fans to harass players who don’t help their fantasy teams win. Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who missed six games with a hamstring injury, has a message for anyone who doesn’t like the fact that he isn’t helping their fantasy teams.
“My health is much more important than you winning your fantasy games», Posted Jefferson on Twitter. “It doesn’t matter how many times you flood my texts talking about selling your team. I DO NOT CARE.”
Shit straight on. Jefferson should not play until he is sure he is 100 percent healed. And the problem with hamstring strains and other soft tissue injuries is that when you think they’re healed, they still aren’t.
Jefferson will not return and should not return until he is completely healed. And to all the Fantasy Football players who don’t like it, tough guy. When you play fantasy football, you assume the risk that some of the players you “own” will be injured.
Do you think they want to be?
They want to play and play well more than you want them to. So leave them alone. Or, better yet, if you don’t understand these basic realities of fantasy football, maybe it’s time for you to have a different hobby.