Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson looks to have an early lead on what could turn out to be the best fantasy performance by running backs today.
Officially listed as probable for the Vikings’ Week 13 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, he was dealing with a shoulder injury this week and has been tolerating other minor injuries all season long. These injuries have obviously done little to stop one of the league’s best offensive players.
In just the first half alone, Peterson rushed for 126 yards on 13 carries, including a tackle-breaking 82-yard touchdown down the right sideline that gave the Vikings a 14-10 lead entering halftime. While most of his runs were for short gains, quarterback Christian Ponder and the rest of the offense have relied on his consistent production for success throughout the game.
To start the second half, Peterson continued his dominance against the Packers with two carries for 52 yards before the drive abruptly ended due to a Morgan Burnett interception. In the fourth quarter, a long Packers’ drive and Vikings’ deficit limited the numbers he could have potentially reached. While his individual performance was not enough for a Vikings’ victory, his efforts will surely be welcomed by his fantasy owners. In the end, Peterson finished the game with 210 rushing yards on 21 carries, two receptions for 10 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Entering this game, the Packers have been an average team when it comes to stopping the run. A solid run-stopper earlier in the season, they have struggled recently against the run, allowing at least 11 fantasy points to opposing running backs in the past three weeks, including good games by both Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown of the New York Giants last week.
All season long, Peterson has been one of the top three running backs of fantasy football along with Arian Foster of the Houston Texans and Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With this game, he will add onto his impressive season total and help owners towards Week 13 victories.