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Will Adrian Peterson finish as the top scoring running back this season?

Adrian Peterson, widely regarded as one of the best running backs of all time, missed the vast majority of the 2014 NFL season due to off-field issues and could profit in fantasy football this term after a year out. The Minnesota Vikings star remains an incredible talent and will be one of the first names to be selected in most fantasy drafts this year. Peterson recently restructured his contract and will be out to make a statement to the rest of the NFL this season. There’s no doubt whatsoever that the Vikings running back will feature amongst the top scoring backs this term.

At 30 years old, Peterson should be coming towards the end of his NFL career as a top running back. However, he appears to be in peak condition and is likely to cause havoc in the NFC North this season. With two matches against a depleted Detroit Lions defense and a Chicago Bears side that is going through a transition period, Peterson will be licking his lips at the prospect of rushing for more yards than any other running back this season. His powerful, quick running style gives him an immediate advantage over most at the position and his ability to quickly change direction is unrivalled. Peterson’s inclusion makes the Vikings a Super Bowl contender and, when this article was produced, bet fair are offering 50/1 on Minnesota to win the biggest prize in football.

After a year on the sidelines, there are two possible scenarios. Firstly, Peterson is rusty and struggles to come to terms with the physicality of the NFL. This is a possibility but not a probability. The more likely scenario is that the Vikings running back will be one of the best running backs in the league once again and could lead Minnesota to the playoffs. Barring a major injury to Peterson, he will feature amongst the top three backs at the end of the season and it would take a brave man to suggest otherwise.

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