Fantasy Future Rankings: Week 8

Is there reason to be concerned with the production of Adrian Peterson?

Updated: October 24, 2013, 9:17 AM ET
By Field Yates and numberFire | ESPN Insider

PetersonBruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY SportsMinnesota's Adrian Peterson ranks seventh in the NFL for running back scoring.

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Adrian Peterson was the undisputed most valuable player in fantasy football in 2012. That honor (although unofficial) dovetailed nicely with the literal hardware he received as the league's "real-life" Most Valuable Player.

He was the unquestioned top draft choice entering this season as well, leading the way among a field of running backs that offered an intriguing mix of proven veterans (Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch); upstarts with potential (Doug Martin, Trent Richardson); and young-and-proven backs in new systems (LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles).

Few decisions required less brainwork than snatching Peterson with the first overall pick if you owned it in your re-draft league.

If you picked Peterson, you probably aren't regretting the decision, as he's been among the best running backs in terms of overall scoring (No. 7) and even better in per-game average, as he has only played six games but still leads Foster, Martin and Richardson, among other notable backs.

But many of Peterson's owners weren't picking him for very good results; they were picking Peterson with a duplication of his dominant -- perhaps transcendent -- 2012 season in mind. So far, it hasn't happened.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.