RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 220||Born: 3-21-1985||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick 7|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 18): Peterson has been suspended for the remainder of the season. While this could change with an appeal, we wouldn't bet against the NFL on this one. Drop Peterson if you can get something of value off of the waiver wire.
General News (Thu Nov 20): has officially appealed his suspension, according to a source. The NFL Players Association is looking for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case, but commissioner Roger Goodell will make the decision on who hears the case.
General News (Tue Nov 18): The appeals process has already started, and this story is far from over. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that he "has shown no meaningful remorse" and laid out a counseling and treatment program that will determine how long the ban lasts. Peterson would be eligible for reinstatement no earlier than April 15, if his suspension is upheld. Peterson can be kept on the commissioner's exempt list until the appeal is heard, according to an arbitrator. There is still a possibility that Peterson could return to the field as early as this Sunday if the arbitrator rules in his favor.
Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The ongoing legal wrangles about Adrian Peterson's playing status this year will keep him off the field in Week 12, meaning that the Vikings will continue to roll with Jerick McKinnon () and Matt Asiata vs. the Packers. Back in Week 5, Asiata led the team in rushing with 15/72/0 to his credit, while McKinnon posted 7/24/0 rushing and 3/22/0 receiving. Since then, the two have flip-flopped on the depth chart, with McKinnon now getting the bulk of the work, while Asiata is mixed in as a change-of-pace option (and an occasional TD vulture). Last week, McKinnon handled 8/38/0 rushing and 4/20/0 receiving at Chicago, while Asiata managed 1/2/0 rushing and 3/12/0 receiving in his secondary role. The Packers' rush D has limited Philadelphia (31/109/0) and Chicago (24/55/0) to zero rushing scores over the past two weeks, averaging 89 rushing yards allowed per contest during that narrow window. To date, the Packers are averaging 139.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores given out - they have been playing much more stalwart rush D of late, though. This looks like a neutral matchup for the Vikings, with neither team holding the edge entering Week 12.
Recent Stats and Projections
Latest NewsVikings | Adrian Peterson contemplates move (Fri Nov 21, 10:53 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he'll gladly return this season if he wins the appeal of his indefinite suspension. If he loses his appeal and has to sit out the rest of this season, he's not certain he'll return with the Vikings. He has given a lot of thought to the idea of getting a fresh start somewhere else. link to story Vikings | Adrian Peterson appeals suspension (Thu Nov 20, 11:35 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his suspension, according to a source. The NFL Players Association is looking for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case, but commissioner Roger Goodell will make the decision on who hears the case. Our View: Of course he did. This is a huge mess for everyone involved and nobody can honestly say what the result will be. Don't expect Peterson to play for your team the rest of the year. We're not sure whether he will even be a Viking next year.
link to story Vikings | Adrian Peterson can stay on list (Tue Nov 18, 05:24 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson can be kept on the commissioner's exempt list until the appeal on Peterson's suspension is heard, according to an arbitrator. Our View: Some thought Peterson would be back soon, but there's been a holdup. Now, the appeals process will have to be exhausted. That means there's a chance Peterson doesn't get back in action this year.
link to story Vikings | More on Adrian Peterson suspension (Tue Nov 18, 09:06 AM) - Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would be eligible for reinstatement no earlier than April 15, if his suspension is upheld. Our View: The appeals process has already started, and this story is far from over. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that he 'has shown no meaningful remorse' and laid out a counseling and treatment program that will determine how long the ban lasts.
link to story Vikings | Adrian Peterson suspended rest of season (Tue Nov 18, 09:00 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the rest of the 2014 season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy Tuesday, Nov. 18. Our View: Many fantasy owners thought Peterson would be back at some point this year. His playing status is certainly in question now. Peterson is appealing the suspension (of course), so stay tuned.
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