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RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Summary

Adrian Peterson is now entering his tenth season in the NFL and for some running backs that would not be the best of news, but for Peterson he continues to defy all logic at the position. Peterson finished 2015 as the second best running back in the league, rushing for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns and picking up another 222 yards receiving on 30 receptions. Peterson answered all the questions after missing all but one game in 2014 as he took the Vikings on his back and into the playoffs. The 1,485 rushing yards were the third most in his nine season so far and heading into 2016 it looks like the Vikings are all in on Peterson once again for a heavy workload as he has showed no signs of slowing down. The Vikings offense revolves around Peterson and that will likely stay the same in 2016 as no big improvements were made in the passing game. 2015 saw Peterson carry the ball 327 times which was the third most carries in a season in his nine year career. 300+ carries in 2016 is highly likely and if he can maintain a 4.5 yards per carry average it will be another great season for him. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5
Overall Redraft - 6, 1, 1, 3, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 12, 12, 14
RB Redraft PPR - 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 8
Overall Redraft PPR - 6, 1, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 15
RB Dynasty - 17, 10, 13, 19, 20
Overall Dynasty - 55, 51, 55, 57, 62

Stats and Projections

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2013 MIN 14 279 1266 10 40 29 171 1 3
2014 MIN 1 21 75 0 3 2 18 0
2015 MIN 16 327 1485 11 36 30 222 0 3
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 268 * * 31 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 290 * * 30 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 305 * * 30 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 313 * * 30 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 8
RB: 4
Overall-PPR: 10
RB-PPR: 4

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Latest News

Chargers | Melvin Gordon seeks help for fumbling (Thu Jul 21, 11:53 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon worked with Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson this offseason to help fix his fumbling issues.

Our View: Getting help is good, but having a fumbling problem that requires help is not. Gordon didn't come close to living up to the hype in his rookie year and he's coming off of microfracture surgery. His best hope for fantasy relevance is an improved offensive line and the Chargers turning into a winning team that can manufacture run-friendly game scripts. Chances are Danny Woodhead will be the most valuable Chargers fantasy running back again this year.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has to adapt to shotgun (Thu Jul 21, 10:41 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be part of a more shotgun-centric offense this season, and he struggled to run out of the gun early last year. The team shifted its offense to run more plays under center afterwards. Peterson vowed to become a better receiver this offseason.

Our View: At 31 it's unlikely that Peterson will become great receiving the ball or blocking on pass downs, but the effort is admirable. We did hear this last season as well, though but as Vensel points out, they had to move out of the shotgun because Peterson couldn't handle it and was visibly unhappy. Peterson is an easy RB1 in fantasy anyway, so receiving the ball is gravy. We're not counting on it happening much more than usual though.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson above and beyond (Tue Jul 12, 11:08 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is working out in Houston at a training facility he helped to open. He is going through grueling workouts, trying to put his various training disciplines - hill sprints, weight lifting, agility drills, core work, pool training, boxing and MMA sparring - in one place. Peterson also runs 10 40-yard dashes, with 30 seconds' rest in between each. The slowest of them should be no worse than 4.49 to 4.55 seconds.

Our View: Peterson should once again be the centerpiece of the Vikings offense, and fantasy owners know that he's set to be a top-5 fantasy RB in 2016. At age 31, Peterson is showing no signs of slowing down. He was the only RB in the league with over 300 carries last year, and we think Peterson will get a similarly sized workload this year. His current ADP is RB4 (1.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2016 Schedule

1@ Tennessee Titans
2vs Green Bay Packers
3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs New York Giants
5vs Houston Texans
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Philadelphia Eagles
8@ Chicago Bears
9vs Detroit Lions
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12@ Detroit Lions
13vs Dallas Cowboys
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears