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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.

News you need to know

General News (Wed Dec 7): said Wednesday, Dec. 7, that he has begun running and cutting, and he expects to get back sometime this season. Peterson, however, said he will only return this season if the Vikings are still in playoff contention.

Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Minnesota managed 19/87/0 rushing vs. Dallas last week, lead by Jerick McKinnon's 9/41/0 (with six targets for 5/14/1 receiving). Matt Asiata was second on the team with 6/30/0 rushing (and one target for 1/-3/0 receiving). As is usual, this jumble of sub-par running backs had little appeal for fantasy owners. The Jaguars' rush defense coughed up 28/104/1 to the Broncos' backups last weekend, after allowing 29/153/3 rushing to Buffalo two weeks ago. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Jacksonville averages 17 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (16th in the NFL). This is a neutral matchup between two sub-par units.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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.


Latest News

Vikings | Adrian Peterson may not play again in 2016 (Wed Dec 7, 02:05 PM) - Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he will only return this season if the Vikings are still in playoff contention.

Our View: Unless the Vikings are in the playoffs, there's no need for Peterson to return. Whether or not he returns to the Vikings in 2017 is up in the air. Vikings must exercise his 2017 salary ($11.75 million, $6 million roster bonus due in March, no dead money) by the last league day of 2016 (2/5/2017).
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson running, cutting (Wed Dec 7, 12:56 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said Wednesday, Dec. 7, that he has begun running and cutting, and he expects to get back sometime this season.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson ahead of schedule (Tue Nov 29, 01:52 PM) - Updating a previous story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is 'ahead of schedule', according to head coach Mike Zimmer, who told reporters Tuesday, Nov. 29, was not the first day Peterson was able to run sprints off to the side of practice.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to take note here. It seems like Peterson is on track to return later this season. A Week 15 or Week 16 return is certainly possible, and that's right in the thick of the fantasy playoffs. Make sure to check to see if Peterson is on your waiver wire. If he's there (and you have the spot on your bench), then now is the time to scoop him up.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson running again (Tue Nov 29, 01:24 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was seen running several short sprints during the open portion of practice Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Our View: This goes against reports that said Peterson had not yet been cleared to run as it was revealed by head coach Mike Zimmer that this wasn't the first time Peterson has run as he continues to recover from his knee injury. We could see Peterson return to the field in Week 15 or Week 16. Add him on the waiver wire if you can. Perhaps he doesn't play, but you at least want to keep potential points away from an opponent.
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