No Peterson, but plenty of Week 9 firepower 

November, 4, 2009
This week just feels weird without Adrian Peterson. He's the guy I rank first at running back as well as in my Thursday flex rankings every week. I don't even have to think about it. Anyone else in the top spot just feels so wrong. Let's just say I don't miss Marshawn Lynch or Justin Fargas, two other starting running backs on bye this week. I'll find someone else to rank 24th and 30th or wherever those guys would have ended up. That's easy. Replacing the top guy isn't.

I still hear Peterson owners whining because the Minnesota Vikings running back hasn't been so much better than everyone else. It's true, Peterson isn't running away with the title of fantasy's top player, and he might not after the bye, either. He's tied for second with Matt Schaub and behind Aaron Rodgers in fantasy scoring, and although he has a double-digit lead on every other running back, check out how those other contenders have gotten there. Maurice Jones-Drew comes off a 29-point performance and has two games better than that already. He also has three games in single digits. Chris Johnson is next, and although he has delivered two of the top games in all of fantasy this season, he also has been in single digits four times. Drew Brees has delivered a few stinkers. So have Andre Johnson and Randy Moss. When has Peterson really let you down? Four consecutive weeks now, he has given you strong games, between 16 and 19 points. He hasn't truly gone nuts since Week 1, but that's OK, because I'd prefer consistency. Just don't deliver a stinker.

This week Peterson won't help you at all. If you're like me, you look at your active lineup and can't be at all pleased. Something is just missing, as in your best player is out playing golf while you so desperately need a win! How rude! Anyway, all four of us rankers settled on Jones-Drew as the top running back this week, but rest assured we'll miss Peterson.