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 CBSSports.com 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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