Fantasy Football 2012: Purple Jesus Walks (Adrian Peterson)
BEAST DOME NATION.
Let me paint you a picture. It’s the third round, you still have a vacant roster spot at your RB position, and Mr. Adrian Peterson himself is still on your draft board. What do you do?
Why You Should Draft Him:
The Vikings offense is going to be much better this season. Christian Ponder is a year more mature, and the passing game should come much easier to him. All he really has to do is keep defenses modest and not allow them to stack the box. Between Percy Harvin’s speed, and the emergence of Kyle Rudolph at TE, I believe the Vikings passing game will be good enough for 250+ Yards a game through the air.
So now that the passing game is more secured, let’s talk about the problematic offensive line. They fixed it. By adding Matt Kalil from USC in the 1st round, and Geoff Schwartz who was a monster at University of Oregon, and under the radar with the Panthers. Those two additions alone should make the offensive line ready to create some holes.
But here’s what makes Adrian Peterson so beautiful. It does not matter who his offensive line is, he is just that good. With a terrible Vikings team last season, he had 13 TDs in 12 Games with over 1100 total Yards. If he played 4 more games, which does not even include the game where he got injured last season and missed the whole second half. We could have seen a 1600 total Yards, 17 TD season. And now the Vikings offense is even better, and another year experienced.
You could be scared about the Torn ACL, but this guy is a freak of nature. He broke his collarbone in as a Junior in college, and then started the Fiesta Bowl game to rush for 77 yards and a TD. AP heals quickly. When asked if he were allowed to play Week 1 would he play. He responded that he would play Week 1, and be at 100% healthy. Even if Week 1 were today.
Why You Shouldn’t Draft Him:
Coming off of a Torn ACL is no joke. Coming off of it when he injured it towards the end of the regular season is even worse. It is usually the second season after it is injured where players usually return to full strength. The Vikings may not even have him start week 1,2, or 3.
The Vikings offense even though it is improved, they are still one of the worst teams in the NFL offensively. Chrisitan Ponder is on nobody’s fantasy radar.
The offensive line although it is improved, it still is probably below average when comparing to most of the NFC teams.
The Vikings will be losing a lot of games this season, which will result in a lot of 2nd halves with little production from AP.
The Muntradamus Debate:
Adrian Peterson vs. Matt Forte: IF AP plays week 1, I would rather own AP. Forte is great, but the addition of Michael Bush on the Bears roster is no joke. Ask Darren McFadden owners.
Adrian Peterson vs. Ahmad Bradshaw: Easily I will take AP. AP is a BEAST and could put up points any week. Bradshaw is a bit inconsistent and although he has the job to himself, David Wilson could be a surprise at some point this season.
Adrian Peterson vs. Trent Richardson: I think Richardson has bust written all over him this season, I will explain why in the RB Busts section that comes out next week. AP will easily have a better season than the rookie who is hyped to be as good as AP.
I want to wait and see if AP is going to play Week 1. If he definitely does, he is worth grabbing in round 2 this season. If you can get him in round 3, it would be a steal, even if he misses a couple of game. He always has the potential to be the #1 RB in fantasy football, and he was the #1 pick four seasons in a row in most leagues. This year he is falling to a bargain price, and there are plenty of Sleeper RBs to grab for good insurance.
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