6. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
McFadden will finally be able to carry most of the load on the Raiders offense this year after Michael Bush left for Chicago in free agency. McFadden should have an up year after new quarterback Carson Palmer has had time to adjust to his new offense. There should be a big stability upgrade, which will give McFadden plenty of chances to touch the ball every game.
2012 Projection: 1,277 rush yards, 9 rush TD’s, 597 receiving yards, 4 receiving TD’s – 264 points
5. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
It may seem strange to have Peterson this high on my list after having a major surgery, but reports out of Vikings camp have been glowing about his recovery. I believe that he will be ready for the season, and even if he misses a game or two, will still end up high on this list. AP has been one of the most dominant running backs in the NFL since his rookie season in 2007. He is a punishing rusher that can run over any defender in front of him. He also has the speed an elusiveness to outrun most players on the field. He has had some wear and tear on him over the years, but I think his solid play will continue in 2012.
2012 Projection: 1,298 rush yards, 14 rush TD’s, 386 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD’s – 269 points