Fantasy Football Playoff Challenge: Don’t Draft RB Adrian Peterson

By Adam McGill
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The mere fact that the Minnesota Vikings are in the playoffs is a miracle; so one has to imagine that they will not go very far, especially since their first playoff opponent is their motivated division rival, the Green Bay Packers.

Peterson racked up a staggering 2,097 rushing yards throughout the 2012 season and has been in contention for the NFL MVP all year.  He was only nine rushing yards away from breaking the all-time record of Eric Dickerson (2,105 rushing yards), but it still shouldn’t take away from one of the best fantasy football seasons from a running back that this generation has ever seen.

Peterson has also run completely wild against the Packers this season.  He has amassed an insane 409 rushing yards and scored twice in his two games against the hated division foe.  He has owned the Pack this season; so many people will automatically pick him due to his potential to have a big opening game.

However, there are several important things to consider before wasting a top pick on Peterson this playoff season.

Regardless of how well Peterson has done against them this season, it still doesn’t change the fact that the Cheeseheads will still be heavily favored in the contest.  In fantasy playoff challenges it is always best to pick a player from a team that is likely to reach the Super Bowl, and not many people will prognosticate the Vikings to come out of the NFC this season.  Peterson will likely only be able to score for fantasy owners in just one game, which greatly hinders his value in playoff challenges.

Additionally, the Vikes have to travel to the cold confines of Lambeau Field, which has never historically been favorable for any opposing offense once the temperatures starts dropping below freezing.  It is hard to run the ball with snow on the ground, so it will be extra important to check the weather before this contest.

Peterson will only have one big performance this year in the playoffs, so it is better to find a running back with more longevity.  Some other ideas to go further in the playoffs are backs Arian Foster of the Houston Texans or even Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins.

Peterson may be nicknamed All Day, but unfortunately in fantasy football playoff challenges owners need a running back that is All Month.


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