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FANTASY OUTLOOK: Adrian Peterson

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Over the course of the next couple of weeks I’m going to take a look at the fantasy football impact that should be expected from a few of your favorite Vikings players. What better place to start than with the league’s reigning rushing champ?

THE GOOD: Peterson dominated opposing defenses last year, rushing for 1,760 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s the biggest beneficiary of what should be an improved passing game with the additions of Sage Rosenfels, Percy Harvin and maybe Brett Favre. The Vikings are showing a committment to making defenses pay big time when they put nine defenders in the box. The stage is set for a huge year for #28.

THE BAD: Believe it or not, Peterson struggles getting into the end zone from within the 5 yard line. On twelve career carries from inside the 5, Peterson only has a career total of 2 yards. While he has scored on 7 of those twelve carries, the number of times he gets pushed backwards has been a big reason for the Vikings opting to put in Chester Taylor on short-and-goal situations. This could also account for his low touchdown numbers in ’08.

THE BIG QUESTION: Whether or not Adrian Peterson pans out for you in fnatasy football will be largly based off of whether or not he stays healthy. Peterson has yet to fully quiet those critics that worry about his injury riddled career. Afterall, Peterson has yet to start a full season of football in the NFL, and his college career saw him on the sideline pretty often. However, if he can stay healthy, he’ll produce.

PREDICTION: I predict that Peterson will rush for 1800 yards and score 13 touchdowns in 2009. I also see him increasing his pass catching productivity and by getting an additional 325 yards and 2 touchdowns. If he stays healthy, Peterson will use improvements on offense to his full advantage.

WHERE TO DRAFT: At this point, there is no reason why Peterson shouldn’t be the consensus number one pick in most fantasy formats.


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  1. […] started my fantasy outllook features by taking a look at Adrian Peterson, so I figured it was only fitting to follow that up with some analysis as to how his back up will […]

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