Adrian Peterson: Stud RB Proves He Is Still Elite Fantasy Football Option

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings, right, shakes hands with Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars after their NFL opening day September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)
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If I had a fantasy football draft today, I would take Adrian Peterson with a top-five pick. 

I still might take Arian Foster, Ray Rice or LeSean McCoy over the Minnesota Vikings running back simply because of their ball-catching skills, but no more of this Peterson-in-the-third-round crap. 

He's back, and that was made official on Sunday afternoon.

There's absolutely no way anyone could ever begin to think about doubting Peterson's skills. He's averaged over 80 rushing yards per game in each of his five seasons. He's hit double-digit touchdowns in each of those seasons. He has speed. Agility. Power. Badassness. 

Peterson had it all and was doing it all. 

But Week 1 of the 2012 season would come just eight months after Peterson had surgery to fix his ACL and MCL. While his skill set and production were never in question, the injury concerns—he was supposed to miss the first couple of weeks, at the very least—dropped his fantasy stock. 

Apparently we all forgot about Adrian Peterson not being human. 

At the beginning of the preseason, AP was planning on missing a couple of games. Then, he was just going to miss Week 1. Then, if he was even going to play at all, he would be on a very limited basis. Ten touches at most. 

That's where Peterson was at heading into Week 1. There was a chance he would play, but he wouldn't touch the ball enough to help fantasy owners.

Wrong again.

All Day carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He pulled in another catch for three more yards. Eighteen touches, lots of fantasy points.

The progression of Peterson's status the past week or so just goes to show that he is, by all indications, a machine. The Machine. 

Sorry, Albert Pujols. 

If I had surgery to repair my ACL and MCL, I would literally still be writhing around in pain eight months later, not looking like I'm 100 percent, cutting through defenders, breaking off 20-yard runs. 

But that's Peterson. That's what he does. 

We know about his gaudy skill set, and now that he's reminded us all that he's immune to those lame ACL problems, we know we don't have to worry about injury concerns, either.

If someone in your league is still worried about Peterson, snap AD up for cheap. If you've been living under a rock for the summer and haven't had your draft yet, make sure you get him. 

Whatever you do, just remember to never, ever treat Peterson like he's a mere football player.

He's so much more. So much.