RBs: 2012 review, plus 2013 preview/ranks

Updated: January 15, 2013, 2:05 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

One might think the entire running back conversation for the 2012 fantasy football season starts and ends with a certain Minnesota Vikings marvel who proved injury timelines can be different for certain players. Well, there was a lot more that occurred during the 2012 season at what tends to be fantasy's most perplexing position. There were hotshot rookies, critical injuries to first-rounders, a former 2,000-yard rusher managed to disappoint us yet again and, well, let's just get right to the season recap and look ahead to 2013. We've already written about the quarterbacks, and wide receivers and tight ends will be coming soon. Enjoy!

Running back MVP: Adrian Peterson blew out his left knee so late during the 2011 season that the injury wasn't surgically repaired until New Year's Eve. It was a bit unfathomable that Peterson would be available and in prime form by Week 1 of the 2012 season, which certainly made his draft-day status problematic. Some believed Peterson would heal so quickly that he could be a first-rounder again. Others presumed he'd miss games and struggle to regain his competency, kind of like what happened to former Pittsburgh Steelers starter Rashard Mendenhall.