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RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings

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

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2014 has to be one of those years that Adrian Peterson can't forget about soon enough. Off field issues forced Peterson to only play in one game all season long which was something the 8 year veteran is really not used to doing. It will be interesting to see how the Vikings and Peterson reunite this year and if they can both put past issues behind them and move forward with a positive mind. Peterson has been a top RB in the NFL since he entered the league back in 2007. From 2007 to 2013 he ranked as a top 3 fantasy RB in 5 of those 7 seasons in the other two years he finished as the 6th and 8th RB those years and that was partly because he missed 4 and 2 games those years. If Peterson is given the green light and the Vikings bring him back with open arms it is hard to imagine him not being a top 5 fantasy RB at the very least. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 4, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 13
Overall Redraft - 6, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 14, 18, 26, 31
RB Redraft PPR - 5, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 9, 9, 11, 14
Overall Redraft PPR - 11, 1, 3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 7, 7, 10, 10, 12, 13, 16, 16, 18, 21, 26, 39
RB Dynasty - 11, 4, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18
Overall Dynasty - 37, 20, 34, 36, 38, 42, 69

Stats and Projections

2012 MIN 16 348 2097 12 54 40 217 1
2013 MIN 14 279 1266 10 40 29 171 1 3
2014 MIN 1 21 75 0 3 2 18 0
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 255 * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 275 * * 36 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 300 * * 34 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 261 * * 58 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 6
RB: 4
Overall-PPR: 12

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Latest News

Vikings | Adrian Peterson upset with contract (Thu May 28, 06:59 PM) - Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants the Vikings to honor his seven-year contract worth $96 million that goes through 2017. Peterson took to Twitter to vent that it takes both sides to fulfill a contract. Peterson desires guaranteed money into the 2016 season and beyond. There is currently no guaranteed money left in his current contract.

Our View: Other than his Twitter rant on Thursday, we already knew Peterson was unhappy with his contract. The Vikings hold all the cards, but they could kick Peterson some guaranteed money if they want to end this squabble. We'll see which side blinks. There's no pressure right now, but that could change if/when Peterson skips training camp.
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Vikings | Mike Zimmer gives Adrian Peterson edict (Thu May 28, 08:37 AM) - Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was given a public ultimatum by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, May 27, saying he has to either play for the Vikings or not play at all. Peterson said Wednesday on Twitter he did not want to be traded and was looking for financial security by not attending organized team activities. Peterson has three years remaining on his current contract and is due $46 million.

Our View: The key for Peterson here is while he has three years left on the contract, none of it is guaranteed. Most fans won't have much sympathy for a guy who, per, has grossed over $71 million over his career to date. Especially a guy who was in trouble for child abuse just last year. Don't forget to factor in Peterson's representation either. Agent Ben Dogra was not Peterson's agent when he signed his six-year, $86 million contract in 2011. More than likely Dogra wants to get paid, and is in Peterson's ear about 'deserving' more guaranteed money. In reality, the Vikings hold all the cards here and head coach Mike Zimmer's ultimatum shows the team is getting tired of the nonsense. Peterson's best bet is to play and play well in the hopes someone will trade for a 30-year old back who will be 31 in 2016, or the Vikings give him a reward for showing up and adhering to his contract. As it stands, none of this has hurt Peterson's ADP - he's mid first round right now - but it's something to watch.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants guaranteed money (Wed May 27, 10:15 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.

Our View: Okay, we get a little more clarity in this situation. The Vikings don't have to do anything as they hold all the cards with Peterson. They could give him some guaranteed money as a good-faith move, but we're not expecting to see Peterson until training camp.
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Cowboys | Adrian Peterson not in Dallas' plans (Tue May 26, 08:29 AM) - Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Don't entirely rule out anything when it comes to Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, George says, but the belief is that the organization is largely content with their current crop of running backs.

Our View: We think the Cowboys would pick up free agent Ray Rice before they traded for Peterson. The Vikings have all the cards, and they're not just going to give up Peterson for a song. If Peterson is on the trade block (huge IF), the Vikings will likely want a king's ransom for the superstar running back.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson still wants trade (Mon May 25, 02:33 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Our View: Good luck with that. The Vikings clearly have the upper hand in this situation. They're not just going to give Peterson away because he's refusing to show up after feeling disrespected over the way the Vikings handled his child-abuse situation last year. The best time to trade him (the draft) has come and gone. Even if he doesn't want it, staying with the Vikings might be Peterson's best option.
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2015 Schedule

1@ San Francisco 49ers
2vs Detroit Lions
3vs San Diego Chargers
4@ Denver Broncos
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6vs Kansas City Chiefs
7@ Detroit Lions
8@ Chicago Bears
9vs St. Louis Rams
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Green Bay Packers
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13vs Seattle Seahawks
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15vs Chicago Bears
16vs New York Giants
17@ Green Bay Packers