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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

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 - 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9
Overall Redraft - 4, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 8, 8, 11, 12, 12, 22, 26
RB Redraft PPR - 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 9, 14
Overall Redraft PPR - 6, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 6, 7, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 25, 31
RB Dynasty - 13, 8, 9, 11, 11, 11, 18, 24
Overall Dynasty - 42, 26, 28, 34, 61, 75

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 15 270 * * 35 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 275 * * 45 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 300 * * 34 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 261 * * 58 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 4
RB: 4
Overall-PPR: 6
RB-PPR: 4

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Latest News

Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't be limited (Tue Jul 28, 05:25 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will still receive a heavy workload this season, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Peterson will be given as much as he can take.

Our View: Peterson could rush for over 1,500 yards this year, and he may go over 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2015. Fantasy owners should look at him as a top-5 fantasy running back even though he's coming off a mostly missed season in 2014.
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Vikings | AP to see goal-line touches? (Mon Jul 27, 10:38 PM) - The Minnesota Vikings plan to give RB Adrian Peterson a heavy workload heading into the season. 'As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing,' head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday, July 27. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him.'

Our View: The Viking should use Peterson as much as they possibly can--and in any way they can. A heavy workload for Peterson is music to fantasy owners ears.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson thinks he can play a while (Mon Jul 27, 03:27 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he can play in the NFL at a high level until he's 36 or 37 years old.

Our View: If anyone could do it, it's Adrian Peterson. Coming back from a missed season at 30-years old, Peterson could easily rush for 1,500 yards or more in 2015. They could use him quite a bit as a receiver out of the backfield this year, and Peterson should be a top-5 running back in every fantasy draft out there.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has lofty goal (Mon Jul 27, 02:23 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season.

Our View: We're not doubting Adrian Peterson. He takes incredible care of his body, and he's already reached 2,000 yards in a single season before. In a Norv Turner offense, Peterson should be used early and often as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. While he may not reach 2,500 rushing yards, we could see Peterson eclipsing 1,500 yards in 2015.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson happy to be a Viking (Sat Jul 25, 03:13 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is happy to be in Minnesota or he wouldn't have reworked his contract.

Our View: Peterson reworked his contract, and now it's time to produce. After missing last year on the Commissioner's Exempt List, some are questioning how Peterson will bounce back. We think Peterson is going to be good to go and produce at an expected level (top-5 fantasy back).
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2015 Schedule

1@ San Francisco 49ers
2vs Detroit Lions
3vs San Diego Chargers
4@ Denver Broncos
5--- BYE WEEK ---
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