Peterson missed almost all of last season (paid leave / suspension), turns 30-years old this year and has 2,054 career carries. He has been cleared to play and reportedly looked amazing in camp. I expect him to return to top-form this year and be a RB1 on a Minnesota offense that is on the rise. The loss of RT Phil Loadholt could impact the running game, although Peterson is good enough to overcome that loss.
Adrian Peterson owners were burned last season after he was suspended for all but 1 game last season, but in a redraft league it is a new season and Peterson is ready to prove that he is a top running back in the NFL. Coach Norv Turner will be a boost to Peterson's production. I've projected him at over 1,200 rushing yards and 12 TDs, which makes him a top pick in any league format. And if you have the 4th pick in your draft and Peterson falls to you, draft him with confidence. If you draft AP, it would be wise to handcuff Jerick McKinnon in the mid to late rounds of your drafts.
I won't be overly happy if I draw the No. 1 draft position this season, but if I do, I'm leaning toward Peterson for the most upside and highest floor. The worry about Peterson comes from a year away from football and his age. The year away from football can go either way, but I'm going to lean on it being a positive for his fantasy outlook. We knew he was a freak of nature after watching him blow out his knee and then come back the next year and almost break Eric Dickerson's record for most rushing yards in a season. Peterson is again coming off missed time, but with no injury. There is little doubt he will be prepared after feeling like he was slighted last season. Add to that Norv Turner's fantasy-running back-friendly offense that churned out big numbers for Emmitt Smith, Terry Allen, Stephen Davis, Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson; and even last season with the pedestrian Matt Asiata and rookie Jerick McKinnon, who totaled 1,555 yards, 10 touchdowns and 71 receptions together. When you add in Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace and a healthy Kyle Rudolph to sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the return of Peterson, you have an offense that will improve and possibly improve tremendously.
Peterson has played with much worse teams and had incredible production. A year off from suspension is much better than a year off from injury, and the age 30 problem has been overrated when talking about RBs of this caliber. Gore is still putting up numbers at 32.
While Ricky Williams was a high pick (no pun intended) coming off a one-year suspension in his prime, Adrian Peterson is the most extreme case, as plenty argue he should be the No. 1 pick in 2015. He’s obviously our generation’s best talent at running back, and the argument is he should be fresh after sitting out essentially a full season that had nothing to do with an injury. Peterson...
The 2015 fantasy football year is looking to be remarkably similar to that of 2012, when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was flying off the board as the number one pick (you remember that year – when all quarterback Christian Ponder had to do was wake up long enough to yawn and pass the... Read More
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