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Adrian Peterson is reportedly giving it another whirl in 2018:

He's back: The #Redskins are signing former Pro Bowl RB Adrian Peterson, source tells me and @MikeGarafolo. Immediate help in the wake of a string of injuries at the position.

- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2018

The Washington Redskins lost Derrius Guice to injury, so getting another running back will help.

But if you need a reminder, this is not the Adrian Petreson who will end his career as one of the greatest running backs ever to lace 'em up.

This is the same Peterson who averaged three yards per carry in New Orleans before joining the Cardinals mid-season and averaging … 3.5 ypc. Clearly, he's lost a step.

He's joined by Samaje Perine (3.4 ypc last season) and Rob Kelly (3.1 ypc). Perine is also nursing an ankle injury. Add all that together with Chris Thompson becoming the focal point as a pass-catching running back and there's one message for fantasy football drafters:

DO. NOT. DRAFT. ANYONE. BUT. THOMPSON.

That's it. Even if one of them emerges - it was Kelley, until Peterson signed - there's a four-headed monster in Washington now. Three of those backs will battle for two downs. Sure, you could take a flier on Peterson and hope that he thrives behind an on-the-rise offensive line. But wouldn't you rather roll the dice on a younger running back with upside (here are some names to consider) late than a past-his-prime Hall of Famer and his competition?

Hot fantasy take: Adrian Peterson is another year older than he was last year. Adjust accordingly.

- Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) August 20, 2018

The top 50 fantasy football players for 2018 We took five player rankings from around the internet - the latest lists from ESPN, Yahoo!, FFToday, Fantasy Sharks, and Sports Illustrated - and found each player's average position across the six overall rankings drafts. The big takeaway? Don't draft a quarterback in the first two rounds! There are dozens of running backs and wide receivers to prioritize before worrying about your QB. Here are the first 50 overall fantasy players (in PPR leagues) for the 2018 season, according to the internet: start="2018-08-16T16:51Z"; end="2019-08-21T00:46Z"; scheme="W3C-DTF" 2018-08-16T16:51Z Image #1 of 50 Overall ranking average: 58.0 Best position: 41st Worst position: 68th AP Photo/Carlos Osorio 1 Image #2 of 50 Overall ranking average: 56.4 Best position: 42nd Worst position: 77th AP Photo/Nick Wass 1 Image #3 of 50 Overall ranking average: 53.8 Best position: 31st Worst position: 83rd Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #4 of 50 Overall ranking average: 53.6 Best position: 44th Worst position: 87th 1 Image #5 of 50 Overall ranking average: 52.8 Best position: 39th Worst position: 66th Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #6 of 50 Overall ranking average: 52.6 Best position: 36th Worst position: 61st Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #7 of 50 Overall ranking average: 50.0 Best position: 33rd Worst position: 63rd AP Photo/Keith Srakocic 1 Image #8 of 50 Overall ranking average: 48.6 Best position: 42nd Worst position: 59th AP Photo/Michael Perez 1 Image #9 of 50 Overall ranking average: 44.4 Best position: 27th Worst position: 57th AP Photo/Keith Srakocic 1 Image #10 of 50 Overall ranking average: 44.2 Best position: 27th Worst position: 54th Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP 1 Image #11 of 50 Overall ranking average: 39.4 Best position: 26th Worst position: 56th AP Photo/Eric Risberg 1 Image #12 of 50 Overall ranking average: 38.6 Best position: 28th Worst position: 55th AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh 1 Image #13 of 50 Overall ranking average: 38.4 Best position: 27th Worst position: 46th Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #14 of 50 Overall ranking average: 37.8 Best position: 24th Worst position: 58th Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin 1 Image #15 of 50 Overall ranking average: 37.6 Best position: 25th Worst position: 57th AP Photo/David Zalubowski 1 Image #16 of 50 Overall ranking average: 37.2 Best position: 23rd Worst position: 70th Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images 1 Image #17 of 50 Overall ranking average: 35.8 Best position: 29th Worst position: 41st Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #18 of 50 Overall ranking average: 35.4 Best position: 23rd Worst position: 50th Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #19 of 50 Overall ranking average: 34.2 Best position: 27th Worst position: 43rd AP Photo/Ron Schwane 1 Image #20 of 50 Overall ranking average: 33.8 Best position: 19th Worst position: 64th AP Photo/Jack Dempsey 1 Image #21 of 50 Overall ranking average: 33.6 Best position: 22nd Worst position: 58th Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #22 of 50 Overall ranking average: 32.6 Best position: 24th Worst position: 36th Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #23 of 50 Overall ranking average: 32.6 Best position: 28th Worst position: 44th Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #24 of 50 Overall ranking average: 32.6 Best position: 19th Worst position: 51st Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK 1 Image #25 of 50 Overall ranking average: 31.0 Best position: 23rd Worst position: 49th AP Photo/Michael Conroy 1 Image #26 of 50 Overall ranking average: 28.6 Best position: 18th Worst position: 45th AP Photo/Mark Reis 1 Image #27 of 50 Overall ranking average: 27.4 Best position: 19th Worst position: 36th Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #28 of 50 Overall ranking average: 23.0 Best position: 17th Worst position: 29th AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin 1 Image #29 of 50 Overall ranking average: 23.0 Best position: 18th Worst position: 26th Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #30 of 50 Overall ranking average: 22.8 Best position: 20th Worst position: 31st Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #31 of 50 Overall ranking average: 22.0 Best position: 18th Worst position: 35th AP Photo/Adrian Kraus 1 Image #32 of 50 Overall ranking average: 20.2 Best position: 15th Worst position: 23rd AP Photo/Chris O'Meara 1 Image #33 of 50 Overall ranking average: 18.2 Best position: 2nd Worst position: 30th AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King 1 Image #34 of 50 Overall ranking average: 17.0 Best position: 14th Worst position: 22nd Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK 1 Image #35 of 50 Overall ranking average: 14.8 Best position: 11th Worst position: 24th Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #36 of 50 Overall ranking average: 14.4 Best position: 10th Worst position: 20th Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #37 of 50 Overall ranking average: 14.2 Best position: 10th Worst position: 17th AP Photo/Colin E. Braley 1 Image #38 of 50 Overall ranking average: 13.8 Best position: 10th Worst position: 18th Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #39 of 50 Overall ranking average: 12.2 Best position: 6th Worst position: 21st AP Photo/Rick Scuteri 1 Image #40 of 50 Overall ranking average: 11.0 Best position: 8th Worst position: 15th AP Photo/John Bazemore 1 Image #41 of 50 Overall ranking average: 10.2 Best position: 3rd Worst position: 16th AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack 1 Image #42 of 50 Overall ranking average: 9.8 Best position: 6th Worst position: 13th AP Photo/Brad Penner 1 Image #43 of 50 Overall ranking average: 9.6 Best position: 7th Worst position: 17th AP Photo/Gerald Herbert 1 Image #44 of 50 Overall ranking average: 9.6 Best position: 5th Worst position: 13th Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #45 of 50 Overall ranking average: 8.6 Best position: 7th Worst position: 10th Photo by Elsa/Getty Images 1 Image #46 of 50 Overall ranking average: 4.6 Best position: 3rd Worst position: 6th AP Photo/Josie Lepe 1 Image #47 of 50 Overall ranking average: 4.2 Best position: 1st Worst position: 5th AP Photo/Keith Srakocic 1 Image #48 of 50 Overall ranking average: 3.4 Best position: 1st Worst position: 11th Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports 1 Image #49 of 50 Overall ranking average: 3.0 Best position: 2nd Worst position: 4th AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin 1 Image #50 of 50 Overall ranking average: 2.4 Best position: 1st Worst position: 4th AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill 1

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