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RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Adrian Peterson suffered a meniscus injury in Week 2. He has opted for a meniscus repair surgery, and will likely be out the rest of the season.

Week 8: at Chicago Bears

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. This is the first clash between these NFC North rivals during the 2016 season. They'll meet again in Week 17. Lately, Matt Asiata (12/55/0 rushing with eight targets for 6/25/0 receiving) has seen more touches on the football than Jerick McKinnon (11/43/0 rushing with one target for 1/5/0 receiving), while Ronnie Hillman is a rarely-employed change-of-pace back (1/-6/0 rushing with one target for 1/2/0 receiving). This is still a committee of two, basically, with neither back getting a large enough load to win fantasy games for their owners. So far this season, both backs average well below four yards per carry (48/158/2 rushing with 15 targets for 13/98/0 receiving for Asiata, a 3.3 yards per carry average; 68/217/1 rushing with 14 targets for 8/29/0 receiving for McKinnon, a 3.2 yards per carry average). This simply isn't an explosive rushing attack without Adrian Peterson. The Bears' rush defense is currently 17th in the NFL averaging 107.0 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores handed over to date. Last week, the Packers' bevy of ball carriers managed 23/103/0 rushing vs. Chicago; the Jaguars were held to 20/54/1 rushing two weeks ago. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Chicago averages 7.9 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (least allowed per game in the NFL). This looks like a bad matchup for the plodding Minnesota backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs NYG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
8 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs GB (12 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Peterson had an awful game even before he was forced from it with a right knee injury in the third quarter. A Monday morning MRI revealed a torn meniscus, which one would imagine will keep Peterson out at least a week. That said, head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't shut him down yet. As hard as it is to imagine him playing, Peterson is a physical freak. The question is, then, will he do more harm than good? Because as far as football goes, Peterson has not been effective. The offensive line is not opening holes for him and unlike in years past, Peterson has not been able to overcome that. He was struggling again on Sunday against a tough Green Bay defensive line. Even if he is healthy, he has underwhelmed so far.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (19 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Shaun Hill under center, the Tennessee Titans decided to stack the box and focus on Adrian Peterson. It started out badly with 20 yards in the first half and then went downhill from there. Along with the constant pressure in the box, the offensive line continued to struggle to open up running lanes for Peterson and he was swarmed on nearly every carry. After a while, Peterson seemed to start overthinking the plays and was slower to the hole than he normally is. He knew the lanes were closing swiftly and seemed to be stuck trying to think too far ahead as to what he would do when that occurred. With Sam Bradford under center next week--which it would be surprising if he wasn't--Peterson should see less stacked boxes but he needs to run with confidence and authority like we know he can.


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