One of the biggest surprises at the beginning of the regular season was the Minnesota Vikings going with Adrian Peterson in the starting lineup for Week 1 considering the Pro Bowl running back just suffered a torn ACL in Week 16 of the 2011 season. The fact that Peterson would be returning to the field just eight months after suffering the injury made fantasy football owners cautious when selecting Peterson in their drafts, but it’s safe to say he’s turning into the biggest sleeper pick of the 2012 season.
Despite the team’s loss, Peterson is coming off yet another strong performance against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in which he rushed for 210 yards and one touchdown on just 21 carries–including an 82-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. What’s even more impressive for Peterson–Sunday marked the third time in four games he broke the 170-yard mark as he’s rushed for 1,446 yards and eight touchdowns through the first 12 games of the season.
What Peterson has accomplished so far this season has been nothing short of phenomenal and as crazy as it sounds–his knee looks stronger than it did before he underwent surgery to repair the ACL. Peterson has always been considered one of the top running backs in the league when healthy and was always a no-brainer when it comes to being selected in the first round for fantasy football.
However, things were different this year as Peterson slipped to the third or fourth round in most leagues due to his knee injury–which is why he’s arguably the biggest steal of the 2012 season considering the type of numbers he’s producing for the Vikings.
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