Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson was a surprise healthy-scratch in the team’s week one tilt vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. Something that did not go over fairly well in the ‘Skins locker room.
However, Peterson’s time in street clothes is now short-lived. The Redskins announced on Wednesday afternoon that not only will AP be active for week two, he will be Washington’s starting running back when the team faces off with the Cowboys on Sunday.
Now manning the RB1 role in D.C, Peterson’s ownage is bound to shoot up. However, do the Redskins lack the talent around Peterson to make him a viable fantasy option?
AP’s Still Got It
He may be old, but he’s still damn good. One could argue that in terms of running the football, Peterson is still a top ten back in the league. While Peterson may lack the attributes to affect the game in a multitude of scenarios, the way a number of the top backs do in today’s NFL, no one can question his ability to carry the rock.
Peterson was Washington’s most lethal offensive weapon a season ago. The running back finished with the 5th highest rushing total in 2018, and was a focal point in the team’s offensive game plan. Peterson carried the ball at least 17 times on ten different occasions a season ago.
If you’re playing in a PPR league, you’re likely better off with Peterson’s running mate Chris Thompson in your lineup. However, in standard leagues, Peterson has RB2 upside as long as he’s pegged Washington’s starting running back. Something that may last a while.