Adrian Peterson is obviously the best running back in the game today and arguably the greatest to ever do it. The way he carried the Minnesota Vikings on his back to a playoff berth and a transcendent year for fantasy owners was the stuff of legend, and proves he could certainly do it again.
But does that mean he’s a no-brainer No. 1 in fantasy. I say no.
This is not to argue against anyone picking Peterson first in re-draft leagues. I’m just saying I wouldn’t make fun of you for going with a receiving back in an offense that doesn’t look awful to me. Go with Jamaal Charles or Doug Martin instead. I’d be about as chill with it as Peterson is with PED accusations.
“Seriously. Especially with the amount of work I put in,” Peterson said, via USA TODAY Sports. “Guys say that to me, or if I hear someone saying that — it makes me feel good. When you know you don’t do it, and someone’s saying you do, you’re like, ‘Wow. They think I’m on HGH? I’m doing that good? Well, hoo! Thank you, Jesus!’ It’s a compliment. I don’t get mad about it at all.”
The way AD handled that is just another of many reasons to love him as top pick. However, the Vikings quarterback is Christian Ponder. Percy Harvin is gone. Team’s have been gameplanning all offseason for that kind of one-dimension offense.
“Minnesota Vikings: There is zero doubt in my mind that Peterson is the only No. 1 overall pick. Don’t get cute and overthink it!” wrote Cory J. Bonini of KFFL/USA TODAY Sports.
Peterson is a transcendent talent, but extremely one-dimensional offenses — especially when they one dimension is the run game — give me pause for caution as to what defensive coordinators throw at them the following year. That and everyone would harp on how he follows up a 388-carry total in 2012, if it wasn’t Peterson. But he is human, right?