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RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 220Born: 3-21-1985College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SF 36 10 31 0 3 3 21 0 0 5.2
2 vs DET 52 29 134 0 2 2 58 0 1 17.2
3 vs SD 33 20 126 2 0 0 0 0 0 24.6
4 at DEN 57 16 81 1 6 4 13 0 0 15.4

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs DEN (16 / 81 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson struggled for most of the game, until he broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run. The play was almost too easy, as the Broncos crowded the line with nine players on 4th and 1. Peterson ran through the '1' hole without being touched and was immediately in open space, as all the defenders were caught at the line. He swiftly blew past the safety and ran the rest of the way for a score. On the downside, Peterson continues to be hit or miss in pass protection, and on the last offensive play of the game it cost the Vikings. On the play, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater dropped back and was blindsided by Denver safety TJ Ward. There was some debate as to whether Peterson, who started the play in the backfield, should have picked up Ward. In the end, ESPN's Ben Goessling tweeted out that it was Peterson's responsibility. By letting Ward by without touching him, he allowed Bridgewater to get hammered, fumbling the ball and effectively sealing the loss. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has wanted to keep Peterson on the field for passing downs, but if he cannot be counted on to block--especially behind a patchwork offensive line--then he cannot be on the field.

2015 Week 3 vs SD (20 / 126 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Peterson was everything his owners could have hoped for in this game. The Vikings used him heavily on early downs to keep the offense on schedule, he was running with great power, conviction, and downhill cuts, and Peterson generally kept the Chargers defense on their heels as the game went on. Peterson's piece de resistance in this game was a 40+ yard touchdown run that included a stiff arm, a broken tackle, a cut back against the grain from the sideline and the final kick to score. He also finished a drive in the first half with short score and was barely short of a third score in the second half. He seems to be the centerpiece of the offense and an elite RB1 going forward.

2015 Week 2 vs DET (29 / 134 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)

The first notable difference between this game and the Week 1 debacle against the San Francisco 49ers was how offensive coordinator Norv Turner and head coach Mike Zimmer moved away from having Adrian Peterson take handoffs in the shotgun. Last week that caused issues for Peterson, so they went back to the old way of doing things to get him into a rhythm during his first four carries. The result on those runs totaled 38 yards and got him warmed up, so when he took some carries out of the shotgun formation, he didn't lose momentum. He looked far more comfortable on those carries as well, though the Detroit Lions seemed to have an easier time getting through the offensive line and slowing Peterson down when the Vikings were in that formation. Overall, Peterson looked much closer to the player we expected than he did last week. He showed good vision, speed and strength in his runs and seemed much more comfortable than he did in Week 1. One of his best runs came with two minutes left in the first and Minnesota leading 7-0 and the offense on a 2nd-1 at Detroit's 42. The play called for Peterson to run up the middle, but it was instantaneously clear that there was no room there. Peterson immediately bounced out of the middle and ran off the right tackle, getting North-South as soon as possible to get the first. The run showed all the savvy and field awareness we've come to expect from him. Peterson also helped quarterback Teddy Bridgewater turn a disaster into a great play, though his poor block was part of the reason Bridgewater was almost sacked. On the play, Peterson held up defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker only briefly and the tackle quickly moved to take down Bridgewater. While trying not to fall, Bridgewater tossed a little underhand throw to Peterson who then took the ball 49 yards. The team has tried to get Peterson more involved in the pass game as a receiver, but he's going to have to improve his blocking or else the team will need a better blocker in there on passing downs. He's also got to protect the ball a little better as he had it knocked loose in the early third quarter. Luckily, the Lions were so inept on offense Sunday that they did nothing with the opportunity.

2015 Week 1 vs SF (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

As was the case with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson clearly suffered because of poor play along the offensive line. He was frequently met at or behind the line of scrimmage by one or more defenders, and rarely seemed to be able to get up to full speed. Normally, this wouldn't slow Peterson down--certainly he has played behind bad offensive lines before--however, he is also dealing with a new offense, one focused on the quarterback not Peterson. That was certainly an issue according to Mark Craig of the Star-Tribune, who reported that Peterson didn't feel right taking handoffs in the shotgun formation. When things went smoothly, Peterson looked just as effective as he has in years past--those moments were just few and far between. Peterson had no carries in the fourth quarter.


Latest News

Vikings | Adrian Peterson goes for long TD (Sun Oct 4, 10:40 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson carried 16 times for 81 yards in the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos, and he also had a 48-yard scamper for touchdown. Peterson added four receptions for 13 yards on six targets.

Our View: Peterson had a quiet day against a tough defense until he ran away from them in the second half on his long touchdown. An elite fantasy running back still grinds out a good day when he is held in check. Peterson is returning value on his top 5 cost after a rough Week 1.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson more comfortable in I-formation (Thu Oct 1, 05:39 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been much better carrying the ball in I-formation this year, as he's averaging 5.86 yards per carry with QB Teddy Bridgewater under center as opposed to 2.2 yards per tote with the quarterback in shotgun or pistol, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Peterson said he hasn't made any requests to offensive coordinator Norv Turner after all 20 of his carries in Week 3 came with Bridgewater under center. Peterson has averaged 2.41 yards per carry after contact in the last two weeks.

Our View: The Vikings are going to lean on Peterson as they take on the ferocious Broncos defense this week. Peterson is a RB1 that you can count on, even in a tough matchup.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson says he's back (Mon Sep 28, 12:18 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who ran 20 times for 126 yards and two scores against the San Diego Chargers in Week 3, said he's back to his old self after being limited in the first two weeks. 'My legs felt lighter today and just the preparation throughout the week helped with that, but I felt good,' Peterson said. 'The body felt good. My mind was in a great place, and yeah, I think I'm back.' Peterson said last week his conditioning wasn't where he needed it to be, and he worked on his conditioning during an off day last week.

Our View: Peterson doesn't need to say it verbally because his play on the field has shown it. He's back as a RB1 for fantasy owners and a set-it-and-forget-it starter each week.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson scores two touchdowns (Sun Sep 27, 03:38 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns in Week 3's game against the San Diego Chargers. They were his first touchdowns since Nov. 24, 2013.

Our View: Peterson looked like vintage Peterson in this one. All of the rust is knocked off and he's back to being an elite RB1. Next week brings a stiff test at Denver.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson set record against SD (Wed Sep 23, 07:21 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson ran 30 times for 296 yards (9.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in his rookie year against the San Diego Chargers in 2007. Peterson ran for 134 yards in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions after carrying only 10 times for 31 yards in Week 1.

Our View: Peterson needs a heavy workload. The Vikings did not do that in Week 1, but they corrected that mistake in Week 2. He's a RB1 and a set-it-and-forget-it starter for fantasy owners.
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