2013 Fantasy Football: Adrian Peterson Goes Down

By Dustin Manko
Adrian Peterson
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Coming into this fantasy football season, Adrian Peterson was pretty much the unanimous choice for the first overall pick. He was coming off a monster year, and had set a lofty goal of clearing 2,000 rushing yards again. Headed into this week, Peterson was leading the league in rushing yards, rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns and rushing yards per game. He is the main part of many fantasy teams and is being counted on to produce as the regular season winds down and/or the playoffs kick off.

Unfortunately for Peterson owners, during the second quarter of the Minnesota Vikings game at the Baltimore Ravens, Peterson went down near the sideline and came up limping. He was able to get up, walk to the sidelines and move around under his own power, but was ultimately taken off the field on the cart. Obviously, Peterson is owned and started in 100 percent of fantasy leagues and many owners who need him this week just took a metaphorical uppercut to the jaw.

Reports from Baltimore indicate that Peterson injured either his right foot or right leg on a short gain. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, but reports have confirmed that he is in the process of getting x-rays on either the leg or foot. If there is a silver lining in this, owners can take some relief in that it appears that the groin injury that Peterson has been fighting is not the issue here.

He is technically still listed as questionable, but there is no way to tell if Peterson has any chance to return to action or not. It certainly doesn’t appear that he would return at this point. If he doesn’t, his day would finish with 13 rushing yards and one four yard reception, putting him around two fantasy points depending on your league scoring settings. Many, many fantasy owners have their collective seasons riding on Peterson, and should he be out for the duration of today’s game, or should he miss any time over the rest of the season, many fantasy owners seasons’ might have gone down with him.


UPDATE: Peterson has been ruled out for the rest of today.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

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