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Old 12-16-2012   #1
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Default Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

Adrian Peterson is having one of the best seasons ever for a running back, but I never hear his name mentioned with the likes of Campbell, Smith, Sanders, Brown, etc. He's been on some miserable teams and he's done it for years. How do you rank him?
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

Not yet...but if he keeps running like he's been.............he'll be in my top 5......and i'll also be a fantasy football league champion...
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

I think of Payton, Sanders and Emmitt as the all time best. He isnt there yet.

But that leaves two spots in the top five, and it gets murky. But, I think you can make a strong case ADP deserves one of those two. This season is especially amazing, coming off the injury and putting up the largest numbers of his career.

Even if he starts to slow down some post-30, theres still a good chance he ends up he ends up ahead of Curtis Martin in all time rushing.

Bouyed by the fact that he'll probably run for 300 next sunday.
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

If he was more durable he would easily be top 5. He's Jim Brown/Bo Jackson dominate, but his style also causes injury so I take that into factor when ranking him all time.
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

too early in his career to tell, especially with other strong players in the league like foster and MJD. he also has minor knocks with fumbles and health. that being said, i see peterson in the top 5 conversation when all's said and done. he's that rare combination of skills that would excel on any team and in any era, and he'll have the stats to back it up - possibly even cracking that top 3.
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

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too early in his career to tell, especially with other strong players in the league like foster and MJD. he also has minor knocks with fumbles and health. that being said, i see peterson in the top 5 conversation when all's said and done. he's that rare combination of skills that would excel on any team and in any era, and he'll have the stats to back it up - possibly even cracking that top 3.
MJD has been in the league one year longer than AP. Jones-Drew has three 1000 yard seasons while AP has had six. Peterson is far and away the best running back in the game. MJD, when healthy, is really good. Arian Foster is really good. Peterson is a monster. He and LaDainian Tomlinson are the best two running backs of the past 10-12 or so years, I think.
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

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I think of Payton, Sanders and Emmitt as the all time best. He isnt there yet.

But that leaves two spots in the top five, and it gets murky. But, I think you can make a strong case ADP deserves one of those two. This season is especially amazing, coming off the injury and putting up the largest numbers of his career.

Even if he starts to slow down some post-30, theres still a good chance he ends up he ends up ahead of Curtis Martin in all time rushing.

Bouyed by the fact that he'll probably run for 300 next sunday.
Emmitt got to play on one of the best offensive lines ever with probowl players at almost every position on the field. I think his biggest asset was his ability to stay healthy.
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

Emmit Smith and Curtis Martin get props for being durable and productive but that is not my measure of best ever.
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

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Emmitt got to play on one of the best offensive lines ever with probowl players at almost every position on the field. I think his biggest asset was his ability to stay healthy.
Not to mention a really good QB. Emmitt was good in his own right, but he had a great team around him.

Sanders will be #1 because of just how little he had surrounding him, but Emmitt is still top 5.
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Emmitt got to play on one of the best offensive lines ever with probowl players at almost every position on the field. I think his biggest asset was his ability to stay healthy.
Not particularly to you but folks who say things like this didn't consistently watch Emmett. He gained most of his yardage after contact. He was brilliant at sliding to minimize contact and then running through it. He was also outstanding with his use of his right hand (rare RB who hardly ever changed his ball carrying hand) - whether it be for balance, to not go down, to stiff arm to deflect an attempted tackle arm. Emmitt was not a product of his OL.
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Default Re: Is ap one of your top 5 ever?

Peterson is beast, but he's not close to top ten and you have to make a pretty big pitch to sell me on him in the top 15.
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