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Risk, reward in rehabbing Peterson
Posted Apr. 04 at 05:37 AM
Adrian Peterson blew out his knee in December, leaving some question as to how healthy he'll be at the start of the 2012 season, or the season itself. There's little doubt he'll be avoided at the top of fantasy drafts given the significant risk in selecting him.
But depending on how far he falls, there's ample reward potential in drafting one of the league's very few elite, franchise running backs. Peterson is already running, and has reportedly "amazed" the Vikings' staff with his determination. If any player can beat the timetable for coming back from such an injury, why not one of the game's greatest runners?
Peterson might be not be 100 percent in September, but his recovery thus far at least suggests he won't open the season on the PUP list (which would force him to miss the first six games). He will likely have his workload limited early on, but starting in Week 1 doesn't appear to be far-fetched.
A fantasy coach that secures a Peterson pick with a later pick of Toby Gerhart could make out pretty well with a player that if healthy would have been gone in the first few picks of the draft.
The linked article also touches on Percy Harvin's shoulder surgery, which is considered minor in nature and shouldn't be a factor in fantasy drafts (although perhaps it will cause some owners to shy away).
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