RB Adrian Peterson - Washington Redskins

6-0, 220Born: 3-21-1985College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2007

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 9): Peterson is going from healthy scratch to starter for Washington, but what is that worth in this offense. He's more flex than solid RB2 and Wendell Smallwood could also see more work while Derrius Guice is out. Unless Guice ends up on injured reserve, Peterson is only a marginal help to fantasy teams.

General News (Wed Sep 11): will be the starting running back in Week 2 with Derrius Guice sidelined, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Week 2: vs Dallas Cowboys

All RB vs DAL

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Washington Redskins will once again be forced to field an offense without running back Derrius Guice following another knee injury (not the same knee he tore his ACL in last year) in week one. Following the injury, Adrian Peterson will be called upon to man the backfield on 1st and 2nd down. Peterson was a healthy scratch in week one because head coach Jay Gruden believes Guice can do everything Peterson can, and then more. Gruden's hand was forced, however, following Guice's injury, and Peterson will be re-inserted into Washington's offense. In 2018, Peterson managed an unimpressive 4.2 yards-per-carry, and without his 90-yard rushing touchdown from week 13, that mark would have been a meager 3.81 yards-per-carry. Washington's average offensive line is still missing left tackle Trent Williams who many thought there was a chance he would report this week. Chris Thompson will come onto the field in third-down situations, but these are typically passing-downs, and his contributions on the ground will be few and far between. In week one, Dallas faced off with one of the NFL's most talented running backs in Saquon Barkley. Barkley ran for 120 yards on 11 carries, including a 59-yard carry on the first drive of the game. The productive day on the ground can be blamed, in part, on weak performances from two critical Cowboys defenders: Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Both players have established themselves in the NFL as strong run-stopping linebackers, which means these poor showings were likely outlier performances in the grand scheme of things. Aside from Smith and Vander Esch, the Cowboys' run defense met all preseason expectation set for them. The defensive line was impressive across the board, and it showcased of the depth that has many believing they have what it takes to be one of the league's best defensive-fronts. Demarcus Lawrence, the team's top defensive lineman, will see increased playing time in week two after the team eased him into action in week one. Similarly, Byron Jones, one of the league's best cornerbacks in run-support, will play more in week two following a 27-snap limit in week one as he recovered from offseason hip surgery. A bounce-back performance from the linebacking corps, coupled with consistency in the trenches and in the secondary will make the Dallas run defense one of the league's toughest to beat once again in week two following a flukey week one performance.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 1.1 * * * *
2 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 0.6 * * * *
2 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Adrian Peterson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Latest News

Redskins | Adrian Peterson to receive start (Wed Sep 11, 02:59 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson will be the starting running back in Week 2 with RB Derrius Guice (knee) sidelined, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: Peterson was a healthy scratch in Week 1 for the first time in his career. Now, he's the lead back due to Guice's injury. Peterson will be the battering ram for the offense while Chris Thompson will work as the change-of-pace back.
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Redskins | Adrian Peterson inactive for Week 1 (Sun Sep 8, 11:59 AM) - Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson is inactive for Week 1's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Our View: It is the first time in his 13-year career that he has been a healthy scratch. We'll see Derrius Guice as Washington's lead back.
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Redskins | Week 1 Washington Redskins inactives (Sun Sep 8, 11:39 AM) - The Washington Redskins have declared QB Colt McCoy, RB Adrian Peterson, DT Treyvon Hester, TE Jordan Reed, OG Ross Pierschbacher, OG Wes Martin and DB Fabian Moreau inactive for Week 1.

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Redskins | Adrian Peterson unlikely to play (Sun Sep 8, 09:39 AM) - Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be inactive for Week 1's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source.

Our View: Derrius Guice looks like a decent RB2 now on workload, but the matchup and game script will still work against him and Chris Thompson might be a better PPR play.
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Redskins | Adrian Peterson could be odd man out (Thu Sep 5, 02:59 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson could be inactive Sunday, Sept. 8, if the team decides to dress only two running backs behind starter Derrius Guice and needs that third back to play on special teams.

Our View: Guice becomes a high floor RB2/Flex if Peterson is inactive, but he still has a low ceiling playing in one of the worst offenses in the league.
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