Tag:Fantasy Football
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 4:16 pm

Adrian Peterson returning 'for my fantasy owners'

By Will Brinson

There's very few good reasons for Adrian Peterson to return to the Vikings lineup. The team is 2-11, long since mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the last thing they want is for AP to suffer a long-term injury.

But Peterson, who missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, is coming back anyway and he's doing it for the unlikeliest of reasons: his fantasy owners.

"It's very important, especially for my fantasy team owners," Peterson half-joked, per our Vikings Rapid Reporter Joe Oberle. "They've been giving me a hard time on Twitter. Being out sucks."

The Vikes running back said he's not "100 percent" but still feels like he's healthy enough to get on the field and make a difference.

"I wouldn’t say I am 100 percent, but I would say I am good enough to play," Peterson said, per Oberle. "I’m feeling good, just going through the preparation during the week. I will recover a couple of days and be ready to roll."

Peterson's fantasy owners can't be too angry with him; he's a top-five running back in CBSSports.com standard scoring leagues this year, despite missing four weeks. And because he actually live up to his contract in the offseason, he didn't cause a bunch of owners to bail on their season with an embarrassing start (ahem, Chris Johnson).

Still, owners want more. They always do. And they're willing to offer, well, anything in order to increase Peterson's production.

"They'll say, 'Will you please [play]. I'll send my wife down to visit you,'" Peterson said per Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Sometimes, it's like, wow. Some of the things I read on there is crazy."

That kind of sounds like the worst remake of Indecent Proposal ever, doesn't it? (And for the record, fantasy owners almost never offer these same incentives to fantasy experts; they just tell you that you're stupid and are always wrong regardless of the outcome.)

Whatever, it's cool to see that Peterson embraces the whole business of fantasy football, even if he's mostly joking and doesn't actually play.

And given that Peterson's going against the Saints, who give up a fourth-worst in the NFL 4.9 yards per carry, you should probably make sure you start him.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:32 am

Norman Tugwater, Adrian Peterson's fantasy lawyer

Posted by Will Brinson

I think Vitamin Water is pretty tasty. Particularly the stuff with Taurine in it (that's the speedy ingredient that comprises the "wings" part of Red Bull). But that's not the point here ... What is is that I thought that Vitamin Water made a HUGE PR blunder when they sponsored LeBron James' "The Decision" with a special flavor of drink called "Decision Water."

Really, it would have been simpler to just name it "Stab Cleveland the Face and Back Simultaneously Water." Less transparency and whatnot. So I'm glad to see that the creative types got back to the roots that 50 Cent would want (really, what's more creative than back-to-back hits "Candy Stick" and "Magic Shop"?) with the below commercial, featuring an angry Gary Busey playing the role of "Norman Tugwater," the world's first fantasy football lawyer.

He's repping Adrian Peterson and he's cheesed. Which is good, because, really, the only kind of Busey you want is Crazy Busey. Bonus for the Shaquille O'Neal cameo.

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