Some NFL players embrace fantasy football, play fantasy football and even say they’re motivated by drafting themselves in their own fantasy leagues. Other NFL players find fantasy football to be an annoyance, and wish fans would shut up about it.
Titans running back Chris Johnson is in the latter group.
After Johnson was held to just 21 yards on 15 carries in Sunday’s win over the Jets, he lashed out on Twitter at the fans who had complained to him that he was hurting their fantasy teams.
“Public service announcement: I can care less about fantasy football. Key word fantasy. As long as we win I’m happy. I rush for 200 n lose y’all happy,” Johnson wrote. “U r the head coach n the owner of ur fantasy team so u should be mad at urself I didn’t ask any of u to draft me so if I’m so sorry y start me.”
Johnson is right that he didn’t ask anyone to draft him. Of course, he did ask the Titans to give him a huge pay raise, and after they gave it to him his performance declined, and through four games this season he’s averaging a career-low 3.3 yards a carry and a career-low 3.0 yards a catch and has yet to reach the end zone. So while the fantasy owners who drafted Johnson may have no reason to complain, the actual owner of the Titans may be feeling like he’s not getting his money’s worth.