The football and fantasy worlds rejoiced when news broke that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play Sunday against the Colts.
BREAKING: Adrian Peterson will play this weekend for the first time since tearing his meniscus in Week 2 pic.twitter.com/NFtcrIwShi
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 16, 2016
Peterson should be an obvious boost for the Vikings’ underproductive running game due to inconsistent backs and poor offensive line play.
But he could also be a huge boost to fantasy owners who are shorthanded at the running back position. Peterson will be a risky play this week though considering he hasn’t played since tearing his meniscus in Week 2 and the Vikings’ offensive line hasn’t been able to establish a run game all season.
That being said playing Peterson in a conservative spot such as RB2 or in the flex could also yield a high reward. I’d say pull the trigger and put Peterson in because he is going up against the 24th ranked Colts’ rush defense (the SportsGrid staff could probably manage to stop the run better than Indianapolis front seven).
Not to mention, Peterson said he’d only play if Vikings were in playoff contention and I expect Peterson to go off with that elusive postseason berth on the line.