The classic week one over reaction is something you get quite used too in fantasy circles. This is something that we hear every single year, but slow starts happen, trust me. Adrian Peterson only managed to get 10 carries in week one for a lousy 31 yards, while adding two catches for a more disappointing 21 yards. It is not fair to judge any player after a poor week one performance, especially one of the league’s premiere tail backs. Peterson will bounce back this week, bookmark it.
Last week is over with and this will not be the norm for Peterson moving forward, as the Minnesota Vikings will have to get him way more involved if they want to have any kind of success this season. Norv Turner will dial up a game plan to get AP back on track this week against the Detroit Lions. The only thing to really monitor in this situation will be if the Vikings end up going to a more traditional under center look to cater to Peterson or stay mostly in the spread look. After all, Peterson already admitted taking hand-offs out of the shotgun has been an adjustment and isn’t something he’s completely comfortable with just yet. Peterson will have to be more patient to find running lanes in the spread but also needs to more touches in general to have any success on the ground.
My best advice would be to take full advantage of owners who are already in panic mode. If you can land AP from an owner is already nervous about Peterson being a fantasy bust, you have worked the trade in your favor and gained one of the best backs in the league. Also if you are an Adrian Peterson owner, step back, relax and take a deep breath, there will not be another game all year where AP only gets 10 rushing attempts. Lastly, you can thank me later for talking you off of the ledge when Peterson has 100+ rushing yards this week and a touchdown. Don’t overreact to a week one dud, from any player.