Adrian Peterson: Why He's Still the Best Fantasy Football Performer in the NFL

Adam OdekirkContributor IIOctober 9, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball as linebacer Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on October 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Is anyone surprised that Adrian Peterson has staked the Vikings to a big lead with his three-touchdown performance so far in their game against the Arizona Cardinals?

There has never been any doubt that Peterson has the ability to take the ball the distance every time he touches it, but for some reason, he has not been given the opportunity to do it as much.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has seen his team take the lead by a wide margin in every single game this year, but has no wins to show for it. Could it be because the second half of every game has seen the conspicuous absence of Adrian Peterson?

That fact has nothing to do with the inability of Peterson to perform and has everything to do with the Vikings' stunning lack of willingness to stick to the rushing attack late in games.

It should be simple. If your team boasts the premier running back in the league, then there should be at least 30 chances for that player to touch the ball in a game.

As soon as the Vikings figure this fact out and commit to making it a reality, fans will see the resurgence of Adrian Peterson as the pre-eminent fantasy performer in the NFL. His ability to grind inside until the defense eventually wears down leaves him the opportunity to break huge runs with the secondary out of position trying to stuff him.

Peterson will become a yardage hog and should easily eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark in every game that he gets the ball over 30 times. Combine that with the big-play ability to score from 40 yards out with ease, and it is no secret that Peterson can once again dominate the fantasy football scene, even in this so called "Year of the Quarterback."