RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 220||Born: 3-21-1985||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick 7|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 22): Peterson could have his trial timeline shortened, which could then lead to him serving a suspension of unknown length (shorter than the remainder of the season) and helping fantasy owners. His value went off a cliff when he was put on the exempt list, but there is a non-zero chance that he plays again this year.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 1 vs STL (21 / 75 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
he most notable part of Adrian Peterson's game were the three targets (two of which he caught for 18 yards) he received in the passing game. It's way too early to tell, but it could be worth tracking how frequently he is targeted in the first month, as offensive coordinator Norv Turner has said he wanted to get Peterson more involved in the passing game. The St. Louis Rams very clearly focused mostly on jamming up Peterson, and as a result he had a less-than-exceptional day. He still sees enough seven and eight men fronts to slow him down on occasion and until Matt Cassel and the rest of the offense get going, he will continue to. That said, Peterson did fine against one of the best--of not the best--defensive line in the league. Peterson broke off several long runs despite the stacked fronts. The longest one, a 17-yard run in the middle of the first quarter--came against a seven man front. On the play, Peterson was solo in the backfield, took the handoff from quarterback Matt Cassel and cut to the right side, where he could get behind the center and right guard, who had pulled outside past a pair of blocking tight ends. The blockers sealed off his running lane and cleared the way for him to get to the second level where he turned on some speed. Peterson dodged a couple of tackles before finally being brought down. While his totals weren't what we like to see from him (last time he was in St. Louis he dropped 212 yards on the ground) he looks good and his production should only go up from here, especially if the passing offense stretches the field more.
Latest NewsVikings | AP wants to resolve case swiftly (Sun Sep 21, 09:42 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy. Our View: Peterson could still play again this year. If you have long benches, he's certainly worth a spot if his alleged crimes don't turn you off from rooting for him.
link to story Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants earlier trial (Sun Sep 21, 12:29 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's lawyers are looking for an expedited trial for Peterson and do not want the trial to begin next year. Our View: Peterson could still play again this year. He might not be worth carrying in very short bench leagues (or if you as your team's GM refuse to keep him on your roster, which is reasonable), but in deeper bench leagues, hold Peterson if you can.
link to story Vikings | Adrian Peterson trial could be a while (Thu Sep 18, 07:47 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's case for child abuse could take six to 18 months to go to trial, according to a source. Peterson is on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list and is out indefinitely. Our View: Don't expect Peterson back anytime soon. Look for Matt Asiata as the lead back with the Vikings. Rookie Jerick McKinnon could get worked into the mix as well.
link to story Vikings | Vikings want Adrian Peterson back (Wed Sep 17, 05:21 PM) - The Minnesota Vikings intend to bring RB Adrian Peterson back after his legal issues are resolved. Our View: The future for Peterson is full of question marks right now. He may stay in Minnesota, but it could be a long time before he sees the field again.
link to story Vikings | Adrian Peterson out indefinitely (Wed Sep 17, 02:06 AM) - The Minnesota Vikings announced RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list Wednesday, Sept. 17, which will keep him away from the team indefinitely. Our View: The Vikings do a 180 here after reinstating Peterson on Monday. Now, Peterson will have to get though the legal process, serve any punishment the league sees fit and then get back on the field. Fantasy owners should not expect him back anytime soon (court date is set for October 8th). In the meantime, fullback/running back Matt Asiata should see a lead role. Rookie Jerick McKinnon may also start to see an increase in playing time.
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