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Adrian Peterson returning 'for my fantasy owners'

Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 4:16 pm
By Will Brinson

There's very few good reasons for Adrian Peterson to return to the Vikings lineup. The team is 2-11, long since mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the last thing they want is for AP to suffer a long-term injury.

But Peterson, who missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, is coming back anyway and he's doing it for the unlikeliest of reasons: his fantasy owners.

"It's very important, especially for my fantasy team owners," Peterson half-joked, per our Vikings Rapid Reporter Joe Oberle. "They've been giving me a hard time on Twitter. Being out sucks."

The Vikes running back said he's not "100 percent" but still feels like he's healthy enough to get on the field and make a difference.

"I wouldn’t say I am 100 percent, but I would say I am good enough to play," Peterson said, per Oberle. "I’m feeling good, just going through the preparation during the week. I will recover a couple of days and be ready to roll."

Peterson's fantasy owners can't be too angry with him; he's a top-five running back in standard scoring leagues this year, despite missing four weeks. And because he actually live up to his contract in the offseason, he didn't cause a bunch of owners to bail on their season with an embarrassing start (ahem, Chris Johnson).

Still, owners want more. They always do. And they're willing to offer, well, anything in order to increase Peterson's production.

"They'll say, 'Will you please [play]. I'll send my wife down to visit you,'" Peterson said per Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Sometimes, it's like, wow. Some of the things I read on there is crazy."

That kind of sounds like the worst remake of Indecent Proposal ever, doesn't it? (And for the record, fantasy owners almost never offer these same incentives to fantasy experts; they just tell you that you're stupid and are always wrong regardless of the outcome.)

Whatever, it's cool to see that Peterson embraces the whole business of fantasy football, even if he's mostly joking and doesn't actually play.

And given that Peterson's going against the Saints, who give up a fourth-worst in the NFL 4.9 yards per carry, you should probably make sure you start him.

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:52 pm

Adrian Peterson returning 'for my fantasy owners'

Too late, could have used you the past 2 weeks when I needed to make the playoffs, but without you I started Blount who sucked, and I could not recover.

Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:33 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:00 pm

Adrian Peterson returning 'for my fantasy owners'

This is a great move for fantasy oweners but for football purposes this is a bad move for the team. You have a 100 million invested in Peterson and the Vikings are going nowhere this season and they have won how many games? Two to be exact so it makes no sense to play your star when he is deinitely not 100% because you have nothing to gain but you do have a lot to lose if he goes out and gets hurt again and it is a serious injury. Just play Toby and call it a season and see what you got with him as a back up and focuse on the upcoming draft and improving your team. This year is done and you have nothing to look forward to.

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