Adrian Peterson Is Still Immortal
A torn ACL. A torn MCL. A torn meniscus. Adrian Peterson doesn't care. He's some kind of immortal physical specimen crafted by the gods to never fail. I wouldn't be surprised if he just skipped surgery altogether and grew back his knee ligaments himself. He was expected to miss the beginning of the season, and now it's looking like a longshot that he doesn't start Week 1. You know what that means?
Life is much easier in fantasy football draft rooms. When a stud running back like this is coming back from an injury that will hold him out for the start of the season, those of us who obsess over fantasy football literally have nightmares about having that running back fall to us. He could finish the season giving you first round value, or he could suffer setback after setback and hardly give you anything. We went through the same situation with Arian Foster last year, who came into the season struggling with a hamstring injury. Those who rolled the dice on Foster did well for themselves, especially those who snagged handcuff running back Ben Tate. But what if Foster's hammy responded more like Peyton Hillis'? Hillis only played in 10 games last season, during some of which he had to be sidelined due to the hamstring injury he picked up Week 4 in Oakland. Foster only played in three more games, but he was a full go in all but one of them, in which he averaged a very healthy 26 touches per game.
Peterson was supposed to be in the same boat as Foster this season. We were supposed to be wondering what week he'll come back, will the knee hold up, will he be the same, etc. Well, we've still got exactly 101 days until the Vikings kick off against the Jaguars, and Peterson's already beating starting wide receivers in uphill races. Taking a running back coming off triple ligament knee surgery is usually a gamble, even if the player is ready by Week 1, but you can keep the dice in your pocket on this one. The immortal Adrian Peterson is gonna be a stud on the Vikings' miserable offense once again.