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Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Adrian Peterson Leads Top 25 List At RB In 2013

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ADRIAN PETERSON
Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings after a game against Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images) | Getty

He is Adrian Peterson. They are not.

This is the only piece of information you need if you are holding the No. 1 overall selection in your fantasy football draft. Unlike last season, the Minnesota Vikings' all-world running back enters the NFL campaign without a major injury concern. Not only that but the Minnesota Vikings all-world running back enters the NFL campaign having already shown us that medical science and the best intentions of opposing defenses are not particularly useful guides when it comes to determining his production.

Given Peterson's speed on the gridiron and speed off most draft boards, he is not the type of player that fantasy football general managers need rankings to be told to pick. Things get slightly more interesting when you get to the No. 2 spot on many lists of the top fantasy backs. Tampa Bay's Doug Martin was so impressive as a rookie in 2012 that he has skyrocketed up the RB rankings, edging mainstays like Ray Rice, Arian Foster and Maurice Jones-Drew on some cheat sheets. Martin not ring a bell? Perhaps you know him as "Muscle Hamster." By any name, he won't be available much longer than Peterson in your draft. While you won't need much help if you get the chance to take any of the aforementioned standouts the following rankings could come in handy when it comes time to fill in that RB2 slot or find a dependable ball carrier for your flex spots.

In order to provide a comprehensive appraisal of players that you'll be drafting for your fantasy squad, we've poured over several of the most popular -- and, hopefully, prescient -- rankings available on the Internet* from places like ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, and SI.com to create a one-stop look at the combined wisdom of many of the foremost fantasy experts. The rankings below were created by determining the average overall ranking assigned each player in the sources consulted. For each player, we've noted his average overall ranking as well as the highest and lowest value he received.

*List of sources consulted
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NOTE: Rankings collected on Aug. 23

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