2015 Fantasy Football Draft Guide

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Jul 27, 2015; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back

Adrian Peterson

(28) takes off his shoe and blackens it with a pen at training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson is Back! Now What?

Whether you love or hate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, one thing remains true — the guy is a fantasy football stud. 30-years-old or not. As I mentioned on the previous page, I’ve completely fallen for the wide receiver, wide receiver picks in rounds one and two. However, there is an exception.

If you happen to be one of the four or five guys who land a top five pick in your respective drafts, you cannot pass on the talent at running back at the top of all draft big boards.

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It goes a little something like this:

  1. Adrian Peterson
  2. Jamaal Charles
  3. Le’Veon Bell
  4. Eddie Lacy

Actually that’s exactly how I have them ranked in the latest installment of my running back power rankings.

Again, if you have a top four or five pick you have to take one of these guys. And at the top of my board is Adrian Peterson. Peterson of course is returning to the field following a year away from football. We all know why, so we’ll continue moving forward.

Early on in the summer months, I had stated that I was not comfortable with drafting AP at No. 1 until he could reconcile his differences with the organization that drafted him. Now that it’s happened however, he jumps to the top of my board.

With Norv Tunner now as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings, look or Peterson to get fed the football. Emmitt Smith rushed for 39 touchdowns and 4,762 yards in three seasons under Norv. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 4,550 yards and 48 touchdowns in four years with Turner.

Even pseudo-studs like Stephen Davis (2,723 and 28 in two seasons) and Ricky Williams (3,225 and 25 in two seasons) broke the fantasy bank. Norv isn’t necessarily magic. But he knows what to do with a big dog, and among today’s NFL running backs they don’t come any bigger than Peterson.

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