Not drafting Peterson would be a mistake, according to him

Adrian Peterson

As NFL fans finalize their fantasy draft boards, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson cautions against dropping his name from it.

Asked by Paul Allen of KFAN on Wednesday whether it would be a mistake not to take Peterson in round one of a given fantasy draft.

“I would think so,” Peterson said.  ”The way I look at it, to each his own. . . .  This whole offseason, I’ve been hearing that.  ’Adrian, should we take you?  Will you be ready?’  Hey, I’ve got faith that I’m gonna be out there.  Do you have the faith?  That’s how you’re gonna get your reward.”

Currently on the PUP list, Peterson also said he’ll be carrying the ball during the preseason — and taking it into the end zone in Week One of the regular season, against the Jaguars.

“Yes,” Peterson said, “I expect to score.”

Peterson said that he was ready to get back to work the day after having surgery to fix a torn ACL suffered on December 24, and that he expects the Vikings offense to continue to lean on the running game. Read more here…

Runningback backups you should have on your Fantasy roster

One need only look at the injury riddled year it was for running backs in 2011 to see how handcuffing a backup could save your season. Just look at the names of some of the backs that suffered an injury which in most cases required surgery:

Jamaal Charles-Chiefs- Torn left ACL

Adrian Peterson-Vikings- Torn left ACL; Meniscus Damage

Rashard Mendenhall-Steelers- Torn right ACL

Jahvid Best-Lions- Multiple concussions (missed 10 games in 2011)

Beanie Wells-Cardinals- Right knee surgery

Knowshon Moreno-Broncos- Torn right ACL

Mark Ingram-Saints- Turf toe; Knee injury (played in only 10 games in 2011)

Consider this; how many times does a QB get hit or sacked in a game? How many times does a wideout get tackled in a game? And then, how many times does a featured back get tackled in a game? Clearly the RB gets the most hits because he controls the ball longer and gets the most carries of anyone on the team. The QB, of course handles the ball on every play but he has protection from his linemen and does not hold  it for any length of time. So with this scenario it’s logical that the RB will suffer the most injuries of any player on the field. Read more here…

Adrian Peterson’s dad says police were ‘vulgar, disrespectful’

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson’s father says that his son was the victim of mistreatment from the police — and not the perpetrator — when he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest in a Houston bar over the weekend.

Nelson Peterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the off-duty police officer who asked Adrian to leave the bar used “vulgar language.”

From what I’ve gathered, he was very disrespectful to Adrian,” Nelson said.  Read More…

Could Adrian Peterson start season on the PUP list?

Adrian Peterson, Eric Sugarman

Lost in the will-he-or-won’t-he Percy Harvin saga last week, the news about the recovery of Adrian Peterson got little attention.

That may be the case come training camp as well.

Judd Zulgad of said there are signs the Vikings running back could open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Peterson tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee on Dec. 24, and hasn’t done any football work since then. He’s still targeting the regular season opener, but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has been managing expectations for some time, even saying Toby Gerhart might have to “carry the load.”

“He looks good,” Frazier said. “He’s moving around without any hitch, he’s doing a lot of good things. What you don’t know is how he’s going to be when you put pads on and someone comes and they dive at his ankle or they look as if they’re going to grab his knee. That you can’t predict. Read more here…

A peak at the top 10 NFL players of 2012

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shake hands after their NFL football game in Green Bay

NFL Network has now revealed 90 of the players on this year’s list of the Top 100 players as voted on by their peers, with only the Top 10 players in the NFL remaining to be named.

And although we don’t yet know the exact order, we can more or less figure out who the Top 10 are going to be.

Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, the reigning league MVP, will surely be No. 1 on this year’s list after ranking No. 11 last year. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the only player other than Rodgers to get any MVP votes last year, will almost certainly be No. 2. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who topped the list last year, is a likely No. 3.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who ranked No. 27 last year, seems like a good bet as the highest-ranked non-quarterback. Two other offensive skill position players, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 3 last year) and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (No. 14) will also appear in this year’s Top 10. Read more here…