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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 - 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 7, 7
Overall Redraft - 6, 1, 3, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 11, 11, 12, 14
RB Redraft PPR - 4, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8
Overall Redraft PPR - 11, 1, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22
RB Dynasty - 14, 10, 19
Overall Dynasty - 48, 51, 55

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 15 250 * * 29 * * *
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: 6
RB: 3
Overall-PPR: 8
RB-PPR: 3

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Latest News

Vikings | Big workload for Adrian Peterson (Tue Aug 16, 04:38 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could see 20 carries per game in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Our View: Peterson was the only RB in the league last year to eclipse 300 carries. He finished last year with 327 carries, and Peterson could approach that number this season. Fantasy owners know that Peterson is a RB1 with the upside to finish as the league's leading rusher.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson to see preseason work? (Tue Aug 16, 12:28 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may see his first preseason touches since 2011, provided he wants to play, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson played in a 2013 preseason game but did not handle the ball.

Our View: Peterson doesn't need any preseason reps. It would be a shock to see him get much if any work in the preseason. The Vikings are likely to use Peterson as much as possible in what might be his last season with the team.
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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