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RB Adrian Peterson - New Orleans Saints

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

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Best ball drafts allow us to play with what if questions. What if Adrian Peterson returns to form in one of the most potent fantasy backfields for big weeks (only Arizona and Pittsburgh had more top 10 PPR running back weeks last year). What if Mark Ingram can't stay healthy or gets traded? If any of these come to pass, Peterson will help make drafts, and if they don't he'll still likely contribute a handful of high scores to justify his mid-round price tag.

Summary

Adrian Peterson has been one of the NFL's best running backs over his career which began a decade ago after being drafted 7th overall by Minnesota. The Vikings declined to pick up his 2017 option and essentially released him. He recently turned 32 years old and had injury problems in two of his last three seasons. However, he averaged 4.5 ypc in 2015, rushing for 1,485 yards and 11 TDs and also caught 30 passes for 222 yards. He has overcome a lot late in his career and it would not be wise to sell him short this year. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 31, 24, 25, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 31, 32, 33, 33, 33, 34, 34, 35, 37, 37, 44
Overall Redraft - 96, 57, 58
RB Redraft PPR - 31, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 29, 31, 32, 32, 33, 34, 34, 34, 35, 35, 36, 36, 37, 44
RB Dynasty - 39, 31, 33, 38, 41, 47, 69
Overall Dynasty - 98, 62

Stats and Projections

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2014 MIN 1 21 75 0 3 2 18 0
2015 MIN 16 327 1485 11 36 30 222 0 3
2016 MIN 5 37 72 0 6 3 8 0 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 153 * * 22 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 170 * * 23 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 160 * * 20 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 15 144 * * 26 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 68
RB: 27
Overall-PPR: 80
RB-PPR: 31

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Latest News

Saints | Naysayers motivate Adrian Peterson (Tue Jul 11, 06:07 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson is motivated by those who doubt his age, ability, health, etc. 'I'd be lying to say [the doubt] doesn't [motivate me],' Peterson said. 'You want to do things people say you can't do.'

Our View: Peterson is one of the fiercest competitors in league history. He'll use anything as motivation -- and it will work. The Saints RB situation is going to have some complications. Mark Ingram is no slappy and he should work with Peterson to split carries. Rookie Alvin Kamara is dynamic and could be worked into the mix as well.
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Saints | Adrian Peterson eyes 500 receiving yards (Tue Jul 11, 12:06 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson has had more than 400 receiving yards only once in his career, but he is shooting for 500 in 2017.

Our View: Peterson wants to do more as a receiver, and it's unclear how much he'll be used in that capacity with his new team. The Saints have a jam-packed and talented backfield with Peterson, Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. We should see Peterson and Ingram split carries in some form of RBBC. There will be a split of targets/receptions out of the backfield as well, and that split might also include the elusive Kamara in the mix. As you can see, this is an interesting situation for fantasy owners to navigate.
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Saints | Adrian Peterson to see 150 carries? (Tue Jul 11, 11:14 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson is likely on tap for 150 carries, according to Saints color commentator Deuce McAllister. 'If he gets (about 150 carries), he'll get probably 700 to 1,000 yards,' McAllister said. Peterson is keeping his weight between 215 and 219 pounds with 6 percent body fat. Peterson, who has totaled more than 400 receiving yards once, said he'd like to tally 500 receiving yards.

Our View: The Saints backfield is going to be an interesting one for fantasy owners to navigate. Both Peterson and Mark Ingram want to do more as receivers this year and both could be splitting early-down duties. Throw in rookie Alvin Kamara who can be favorably compared to former NFL-er Thomas Jones and you can see the dilemma. The talent is there for all three backs, but there's only one football to go around. Currently, Peterson is the top back from New Orleans coming off the board. He's at RB21 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Minnesota Vikings
2vs New England Patriots
3@ Carolina Panthers
4@ Miami Dolphins
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Buffalo Bills
11vs Washington Redskins
12@ Los Angeles Rams
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers