Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 13 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in a 44-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. Peterson also caught three passes for 23 yards in the contest.
Fantasy impact: Fantasy owners have to be satisfied with Peterson's performance given the circumstances. First and foremost, Peterson is dealing with a minor hamstring injury. Secondly, the Packers were ahead by a wide margin for most of the game, meaning the Vikings were forced to throw the ball.
After averaging a shade over 131 yards rushing per game last season and almost single-handedly leading the Vikings to the playoffs, Peterson is right back down to the 80-85-yard range he has been more familiar with in the last few years.
Truth be told, if Peterson were on a better team, he would have a lot more room to run than he does now, which makes his status as a top fantasy running back all the more impressive. No matter how tumultuous the Vikings quarterback situation may be, Peterson is a must-start in all fantasy leagues.