Fantasy Football 2013 Preview: Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson Is No. 1 Overall

By Tristen Challe
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Most NFL players who suffer horrific knee injuries during the season requiring major surgery aren’t quite the same player they were before.

Minnesota VikingsAdrian Peterson is not most players.

Peterson proved all the critics wrong in the 2012 season, returning to the field and performing at an unbelievable level. All DayPeterson challenged the NFL single-season rushing record, only coming up short by a mere nine yards. If you were one of the fantasy football players who decided to take a gamble on Peterson in last year’s draft, it sure paid off. His 2,097 yards and 12 TDs should have been enough to gain your team a playoff berth.

What will the 2013 season bring to Peterson’s owners? Well, he has said that he will rush for even more yards this season, and has his eye on gaining that record.

While it is unlikely that he will do so, Peterson will still be able to bring those massive fantasy points to your team. He is playing his best football as of late and has the utmost confidence in himself to again carry his team throughout the season. The Vikings coaching staff has been noted as saying they want to take some of the pressure of him and let quarterback Christian Ponder throw the ball more.

While this may seem like a downside in respects to Peterson’s potential amount of carries, the Vikings will not shut him out in any game. Why would the Vikings ever shut out Peterson? The team has the no. 1 running back in the entire NFL. They will make sure they get the ball into their All-Star’s hands as much as possible.

Plus, their quarterback is Ponder. He’s only a so-so quarterback at best. If he appears to be struggling early, the Vikings will go back to their bread and butter in Peterson, without a doubt.

Even with Ponder possibly having more passing opportunities, Peterson still is a threat out of the backfield. In 2012, he only caught 19 passes, but they went for 268 yards, an average of 14.1 yards per reception. The receiving yardage is icing on the cake to any of his fantasy owners.

Peterson will be either a no. 1 overall or maybe no. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. If you have already earned the first pick in your draft, you will take Peterson. This is a guy who will consistently produce for your fantasy team and will easily aid your team in dancing into the playoffs.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle

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