With the NFL Awards set to take place this evening, Twitter has been leaking info ahead of time -- no surprise there. One of the mentionable awards went to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was named NFL Fantasy Player of the Year.
Congrats to #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson for being named Fantasy Player of the year!— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) February 3, 2013
Peterson was the most productive player in fantasy football this past season, and he did not have the first-round status he once had in the past.
The Vikings' franchise back was coming off a serious ACL injury and his status going into the season was uncertain. The injury he suffered is one of the most notorious in sports, which made it difficult to predict how he would rebound. For many owners, they were able to grab Peterson in the third round or so.
His effectiveness in fantasy football is built off his touches. He is the unquestioned workhorse for the team, providing them with yards and touchdowns. Peterson also produced on a more consistent basis than any other top fantasy player.
It takes a full 16-game schedule to hit 2,000+ yards rushing.
And at the end of the day, the humble Peterson did not hesitate to show his gratitude:
"For all the people that had me on their fantasy football team, thank you for believing in me." Adrian Peterson. #NFLHonors— Amanda Rykoff (@amandarykoff) February 3, 2013