Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson is the top ranked running back in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 1, he’s likely to be taken with the first overall pick in most fantasy drafts.
Peterson, who rightfully earned comeback player of the year in 2012, rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He was just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Coming off both ACL and MCL surgery in 2011, Peterson set a new standard for players returning from knee injuries with his jaw dropping 2012 season.
Peterson recorded 10 games of 100 yards or more rushing, seven of which were for more than 150 yards. Since coming into the NFL in 2007, Peterson has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each season except 2011 and has scored at least 10 touchdowns each year.
The Vikings have been holding him out of preseason games for precautionary measures, but he is expected to see some playing time in the team’s third preseason game.
Expect Peterson to put up big numbers this season and rush for at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. Fantasy owners should take Peterson with the first pick in all fantasy drafts.