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Vikings | Adrian Peterson may not play again in 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:05:59 -0800

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he will only return this season if the Vikings are still in playoff contention.

Fantasy Tip: The Vikings have lost six of their last seven games, so there is a chance that Peterson sits out the rest of the season. He may see limited snaps if he does return and could be at least a flex option in some leagues.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson running, cutting

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:56:09 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said Wednesday, Dec. 7, that he has begun running and cutting, and he expects to get back sometime this season.

Fantasy Tip: It might be too late for him to be a factor in fantasy, but the potential is still there if you can afford the roster spot.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson ahead of schedule

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:52:05 -0800

Updating a previous story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is "ahead of schedule", according to head coach Mike Zimmer, who told reporters Tuesday, Nov. 29, was not the first day Peterson was able to run sprints off to the side of practice.

Fantasy Tip: There is still no timetable for his return, but it is looking more probable by the day. Peterson still has to get in something resembling football shape before he is ready to handle significant work on the field, and that may not happen before most fantasy playoffs are wrapping up. Nevertheless, the news is still encouraging and bodes well for his return to the field this season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Vikings | Adrian Peterson running again

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:24:22 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was seen running several short sprints during the open portion of practice Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Fantasy Tip: Obviously, Peterson still has a long ways to go in order to find his way on the field before the end of the season, but he is doing a fine job of helping his remaining owners keep the faith. Whether Peterson is able to reward that faith is another matter entirely. The Vikings' offensive line is playing about as poorly as any front five in the league, and Peterson wasn't exactly tearing it up before going down (1.6 yards per carry). He's worth a stash, but he's unlikely to make much of a meaningful impact this season.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson not cleared to run yet

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:54:31 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has yet to be cleared to run on the field, but he is running on an underwater treadmill while putting 30 percent of his body weight on his knee. The next step will be running in the anti-gravity pool and then normal running. His return date is unknown until he runs under normal conditions to see how the knee reacts.

Fantasy Tip: Three months from surgery would be Week 16 on Dec. 24. That would be a best-case scenario. If you're looking at a deep playoff run and have the space, he's worth the risk to stash.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson back in Week 15?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:17:00 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is making progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and he could be back on the field my mid-to-late December, league sources said Monday, Nov. 21. He had an exam late last week and might start running this week. He might return for the Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts or the Week 16 road game against the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy Tip: If you have the roster flexibility and are in the hunt for a playoff spot in your fantasy league, it isn't a bad idea to stash him away just in case. He could help plenty of fantasy owners to a championship. At the very least, squirreling him away on your roster also keeps Peterson away from your rivals.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson resumes light running

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:48:20 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has resumed light running. He's still receiving treatment on his knee following September surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and his timetable for a return "continues to be December."

Fantasy Tip: If you're desperate and have room on the bench, Peterson makes for a great stash, as it's looking possible that he'll be able to return before the conclusion of the campaign. In fact, the Vikings may do everything in their power to get him back on the field, considering how dreadfully bad their league-worst running game has been, and if a playoff berth comes down to the final weeks, don't be surprised if he does indeed suit up again for Minnesota. If you're in a league that runs through Week 17, you should be especially enticed with this development.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson remains without timetable

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:35:32 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) continues his rehab from meniscus surgery, but head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Monday, Nov. 14, he has "no idea" as to whether or not Peterson will play at any point this season.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is eligible to return to practice and come off the Reserve/Injured list this week, but that apparently has no chance of happening. With the Minnesota offense is in such utter disarray at this point, it would be hard to justify bringing him back anyway. Especially considering Peterson is due nearly $12 million in 2017 - the final year of his contract - the team may choose to move on from the 31-year-old workhorse, meaning he may have already played his final snap as a Viking.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Vikings | Adrian Peterson focused on 2016 return

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:25:51 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is focused solely on playing again this season, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson has to sit out until Week 11, but it would be mistake to rule him out for the season given his track record. Owners in deeper leagues or those with IR spots are advised to hold as long as possible in part because AP is one of the few true feature backs around, but Minnesota's offensive line has been so bad so far that he should be considered no more than a RB2 even if he does return. Jerick McKinnon will continue to serve as the lead back during his Peterson's absence.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson hopes for rapid recovery

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:50:28 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told people in and around the organization that he believes he can be ready to play when he is eligible to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in eight weeks, according to sources. It is believed that it will take at least one month before doctors will be able to tell whether an expedited return for Peterson is possible.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson will miss at least half of the season because of the injury, but owners should monitor the situation to see if he will be able to play in the last few games. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share work while Peterson is out. McKinnon can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in most leagues, while Asiata can be a flex option in deeper leagues.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson officially placed on IR

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:17:57 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Friday, September 23.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. In his absence, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will control the Minnesota backfield, with the latter having a considerably higher ceiling. Asiata, though, has value, too, as he could vulture numerous touchdowns from up close like he did in 2014 when Peterson missed all but one game.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has surgery

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:14:32 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) had successful surgery to repair his torn lateral meniscus in his knee Thursday, Sept. 22. There were no additional injuries in or surrounding the knee joint.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is expected to be out until at least December, but he could come back quicker, or he could be done for the fantasy season. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata are expected to share the work, and they're flex considerations against the Carolina Panthers.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson didn't tear LCL?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:28:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings officials say that RB Adrian Peterson (knee) does not have a torn lateral collateral ligament, but other sources have said that he does have a torn ligament.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is still expected to miss several months because of his torn meniscus, but he would need more time to recover if he has a torn lateral collateral ligament. Jerick McKinnon is expected to receive a majority of the work at running back with Peterson out and can be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has LCL tear

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:58:10 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has a torn lateral collateral ligament in addition to his torn meniscus, according to a source.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is not expected to return until at least December and probably will miss the rest of the season with multiple torn ligaments in his knee. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will split snaps for the next few months. McKinnon can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in all leagues, while Asiata can be a flex option in deeper leagues.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson does not practice

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:12:01 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is expected to miss several months because of knee surgery, but owners may want to keep a hold of Peterson since he could return before the end of the season. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share carries while Peterson is sidelined and both could be flex options for owners.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury may end season

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:10:27 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has what is known as a "bucket handle tear" of his meniscus, which usually requires a three-to-four-month recovery and up to six months.

Fantasy Tip: The more news that comes out, the more fantasy owners cringe after the believed optimism once ligament damage was ruled out. Anything you get from Peterson in fantasy the rest of the way should be seen as a bonus. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share the work, but McKinnon could wind up being the featured back with Asiata on third downs. Both are flex options while Peterson is out.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has lateral tear

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:07:02 -0700

Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Fantasy Tip: December was reported as a potential return date, but with him having the surgery to repair the cartilage instead of trimming it, his return date is up in the air. Peterson has healed quickly before, but he is 31 now. Anything you get from him in fantasy, sadly, would be a bonus right now. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share the work, but McKinnon could wind up being the featured back with Asiata on third downs. Both are flex options while Peterson is out.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson out until December?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:52:05 -0700

Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) could be out until December, at the earliest, with a return for a potential playoff run possible.

Fantasy Tip: We'll know more once he has the operation, and Peterson has been a quick healer in the past. However, he's 31, and it's too early to peg a target date. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata figure to share the work while he's out. Asiata has been playing third downs, and they could opt to use McKinnon in the lead role. Both are merely flex options against the Carolina Panthers this week.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson may miss extended time

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:40:17 -0700

Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told two sources that he is having his meniscus repaired, not trimmed, which would require a longer recovery period.

Fantasy Tip: On the bright side, Peterson has been a freak in his recovery from injuries in the past. However, it's highly unlikely he misses less than a month. The team has a bye in Week 6, and their Week 7 game is a month from tomorrow's operation. A target could be Week 8 on Halloween against the Chicago Bears. However, we won't know a firm target date until he has the operation. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata figure to share the work while he's out. Asiata has been playing third downs, and they could opt to use McKinnon in the lead role. Both are merely flex options against the Carolina Panthers this week.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson to have surgery

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:18:30 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) plans to have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Fantasy Tip: The procedure usually requires four to six weeks to return, but there have been cases where a simple trim of the meniscus only cost a player two weeks. With the operation coming late in the week, a three-game absence is all but a given. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will share the work, but McKinnon could wind up being the featured back with Asiata on third downs. Both are flex options while Peterson is out.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson scouring options

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:11:21 -0700

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is still soliciting opinions on how to proceed with his torn meniscus and figure out if he's capable of playing through the injury.

Fantasy Tip: The injury usually requires a scope, which typically takes a month to recover from. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata figure to share the work if he's out. Asiata has been playing third downs, and they could opt to use McKinnon in the lead role. The line play has been awful, though, and both aren't much more than a flex play.

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Vikings | Minnesota will split work for backs

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:22:06 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could see a 65/35 split between carries if RB Adrian Peterson (knee) misses any time, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Fantasy Tip: As stated before, McKinnon is the better all-around player and should be picked up this week if Peterson owners are in a tight pinch. Asiata has more value in PPR formats, but he should only be claimed in deeper leagues. If Peterson can't play then McKinnon would slide into low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 territory for Week 3.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Vikings | Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:14:56 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) suffered a torn meniscus in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson has not yet been ruled out for Week 4, however.

Fantasy Tip: It would seem like a minor miracle if Peterson is able to play next week against the Carolina Panthers, but, don't put anything past him. If Peterson can't go, then Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata would likely see a split in touches, although McKinnon is the better bet to produce. Stay tuned to Peterson's practice participation in the coming days.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson with historically bad start

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:48:56 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's 1.6 yards per carry is the fewest rushing yards per attempt by a player with at least 30 rushes since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson's line has been pretty abysmal, and now he has a knee injury, which we're awaiting MRI results on. He's highly questionable for Week 3. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon would be low-end flex options if Peterson is out.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury believed minor

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:06:48 -0700

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee Monday, Sept. 19, but those close to him believe he avoided major structural damage. "He might miss a week. I don't know if he will or not," head coach Mike Zimmer said. "Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we'll see."

Fantasy Tip: Peterson has been borderline useless through two weeks of fantasy with very little room to run. Matt Asiata has seen most of the third-down work, but Jerick McKinnon could see the bulk of time if Peterson is out. Both Asiata and McKinnon are worth grabbing for low-end flex consideration.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson banged up

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:42:12 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was tended to on the field by the training staff in the third quarter of the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers due to an apparent right shin or ankle injury. He was holding the area while sitting up on the ground and unable to put any weight on the leg as he was assisted off the field.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson has been having a difficult game, rushing for just 19 yards on 12 carries. Jerick McKinnon would figure to see more touches if Peterson needs to miss time.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson active, starting

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:21:40 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) is active and starting in the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is an obvious must-start fantasy option whenever he is active and available.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson ready to play

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:25:19 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson will look to improve after being held in check in Week 1 and will receive plenty of carries during the game. Peterson should be a starting candidate in all fantasy leagues.

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Vikings | Full practice for Adrian Peterson

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:49:06 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 15.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson will be fine and should see a plethora of touches even with Sam Bradford making his first start with the Vikings. Look for Peterson to rebound after a disappointing outing to start the season. He remains in the RB1 conversation for Week 2.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson practices

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:05:40 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson was held in check in Week 1 when he rushed for only 31 yards but will see most of the work at running back again in Week 2. He should still be a starting candidate in all fantasy leagues despite the quiet opener.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has quiet opener

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:44:38 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed 19 times for 31 yards in Week 1 Sunday, Sept. 11.

Fantasy Tip: The offense was pretty stagnant in the season opener. It's possible, maybe probable, that Sam Bradford takes over for Shaun Hill in Week 2. They'll need a boost to keep up with the Green Bay Packers next week. AP, or AD, remains an RB1 option in fantasy.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson will be challenged

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:37:44 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was already expected to have a heavy workload in 2016. Now, the team has lost QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) to what appears to be a season-ending knee injury, so QB Shaun Hill steps in under center.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson remains a top-notch fantasy back, but look for Peterson to be challenged significantly by opposing defenses, as they're likely to put eight in the box and dare Hill, or whomever else quarterbacks the Vikings, to beat them. Peterson will still get his yardage and scores, but it will be much tougher sledding with a downgrade at QB.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson to sit rest of preseason

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:46:04 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the final two preseason games. Peterson made the decision himself and said it's in his best interest to rest until Week 1 of the regular season against the Tennessee Titans.

Fantasy Tip: This is commonplace as Peterson has not played in the preseason since 2011. It's usually a precursor to him attaining RB1 status year after year. He's still an RB1 candidate going into his 10th season in the NFL. The Vikings will continue to rely on him and he should be one of the first backs taken in all fantasy formats.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Vikings | Big workload for Adrian Peterson

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:38:50 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could see 20 carries per game in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Fantasy Tip: The Vikings go as Adrian Peterson goes. They'll want to bend him all they can without breaking him. As is the case every year, Peterson should be one of the first running backs taken in fantasy drafts as he is arguably the most consistent running back in the league.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson to see preseason work?

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:28:29 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may see his first preseason touches since 2011, provided he wants to play, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson played in a 2013 preseason game but did not handle the ball.

Fantasy Tip: This really doesn't matter, unless AD falls to injury. He doesn't need the work, and it's more likely that Zimmer doesn't risk it anyway. Peterson is a midrange RB1 in fantasy drafts.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson will practice

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:08:37 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) will participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 3, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson has been sidelined for a few days and probably will be eased back into practice so he does not suffer a setback. He should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues as long as he is healthy.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson does walk-through

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:52:53 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) did not practice Monday, Aug. 1, but he was able to participate in the team's walk-through in the morning. RB Jerick McKinnon has been seeing extra reps with Peterson on the sidelines, but he also left with an undisclosed ailment Monday.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson's injury doesn't sound serious and it should not dissuade you from making him a first-round fantasy selection in all formats. He is still a stud and in top physical shape, but drafting McKinnon is a sound move if you want insurance.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has hamstring injury

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:26:11 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was limited in practice Saturday, July 30, due to a hamstring injury. "Working out, like the week before (camp), he pulled the hammy a little bit," Zimmer said. "He can do things, he just can't turn it all the way loose. So we're just being careful with him."

Fantasy Tip: The ailment shouldn't change much, and Peterson is usually limited before the season anyway. He's still a midrange RB1 in fantasy.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson recovering from minor injury

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:24:33 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (undisclosed) was held out of selected team drills Friday, July 29, because he is recovering from an undisclosed offseason injury, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. However, he performed the conditioning test and participated in running light sprints from sideline to sideline before eventually receiving a handful of carries near the end of team drills.

Fantasy Tip: Since Peterson received limited action in team drills Friday, his injury should not be considered serious. The 31-year-old veteran makes a somewhat risky fantasy option because the Vikings are moving towards a spread offense and he has never been considered a great receiver. That being said, he should still be viewed as a midrange RB1 in all seasonal leagues.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson set to walk?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:26:44 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely in his final year with the Vikings as his salary hikes to $18 million in 2017, and QB Teddy Bridgewater is due for a large salary increase, according to beat writer Charley Walters.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson, 31, carries some risk this season because the offense is shifting to more shotgun sets, which Peterson struggled with last year. Jerick McKinnon figures to handle a lot of third downs. The upside for Peterson is lacking this year, but he remains a midrange RB1.

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Chargers | Melvin Gordon seeks help for fumbling

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:53:20 -0700

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon worked with Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson this offseason to help fix his fumbling issues.

Fantasy Tip: Gordon is coming off a disappointing rookie season, and while it is too soon to label him a bust, don't count on him being more than a RB3 in 2016.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson has to adapt to shotgun

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:41:40 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be part of a more shotgun-centric offense this season, and he struggled to run out of the gun early last year. The team shifted its offense to run more plays under center afterwards. Peterson vowed to become a better receiver this offseason.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson has proven time and time again not to count him out, but he has a lot working against him from a fantasy perspective this season. He's 31, has never been a great receiver, and the offense seems to be shifting to more of a spread offense. This will benefit Jerick McKinnon. Peterson remains a midrange RB1, but all of these factors make him a little less attractive in fantasy. McKinnon is an attractive RB5, but his usage outlook continues to gain steam. He could continue to move up the fantasy pecking order.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Vikings | Adrian Peterson above and beyond

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:08:04 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is working out in Houston at a training facility he helped to open. He is going through grueling workouts, trying to put his various training disciplines - hill sprints, weight lifting, agility drills, core work, pool training, boxing and MMA sparring - in one place. Peterson also runs 10 40-yard dashes, with 30 seconds' rest in between each. The slowest of them should be no worse than 4.49 to 4.55 seconds.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is performing at a high level and despite being 31 years old, he is in tip top shape and ready to perform as a first-round fantasy selection should. Peterson is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson not worried about age

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:33:34 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson thinks his body can hold up as long as he wants to play in the NFL, but he doesn't know how much longer he wants to go through the rigors of the league.

"Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that, that will definitely be the deciding factor," Peterson said. "Physically, I'll be good. It's just mentally, like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring."

Fantasy Tip: The NFL offseason is a tedious process, but Peterson will be good to go for the 2016 season nonetheless. As is the case every year when he's healthy, he's a top-tier RB1 choice coming off an NFL-best 1,485 rushing yards in 2015.

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Vikings | More receiving for Adrian Peterson?

Tue, 31 May 2016 17:13:24 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be more involved in the passing game this season, particularly in shotgun formation, according to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling. Peterson said he'd like to improve as a pass-catcher and has been working in that area this offseason.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson has held his own in the passing game throughout his career, but he hasn't been as effective as he can be in that area, either. If he is used more as a pass-catcher then he'll be even more valuable in PPR leagues, of course. He's a mid-range RB1 in both standard and PPR formats.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson may play in preseason

Fri, 06 May 2016 14:26:06 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he may receive some work during the preseason. "I feel like getting out there and playing a little bit," Peterson said. "It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for, like, 'Hey, I need to get out there just to kind of get the legs moving and get the pads (on) a little bit.' I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing a little more in the preseason than I have the past seven, eight years." Peterson has not received a carry in any of the last four preseasons.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson probably would receive only a handful of touches this preseason if he plays because the team wants to make sure he is healthy for the regular season. Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in the league and should be in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

NFL | Ezekiel Elliott draws big comparison

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:29:27 -0700

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott was compared to Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson by an anonymous AFC running backs coach. "It was hard to find weaknesses for Adrian coming out and it's hard to find weaknesses for Elliott," the coach said. "I don't usually believe in taking running backs in the first round, but Elliott is one of those guys you make an exception for just like Adrian Peterson."

Fantasy Tip: Elliott is considered the best running back in this year's draft class and could be taken in the first 15 picks, which is rare for a running back. He has all the tools to be a successful player at the next level and should make an immediate impact in fantasy football, too. His fantasy value can be better gauged once we know where he'll play, though.

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Vikings | Ground game hurting Teddy Bridgewater?

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:18:36 -0800

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's development has been slowed because the offense heavily features RB Adrian Peterson, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer added that he believes Bridgewater can take charge if needed, and the offense just needs time to mold together to use the strengths of both players.

Fantasy Tip: As long as Peterson is healthy and performing well, Bridgewater is likely to play second fiddle in the offense. He is a low-range QB2 at this point.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson's role won't be reduced

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:27:17 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's role won't be reduced this year at age 31, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Fantasy Tip: As long as Peterson is around and healthy, Minnesota remains a run-first squad. At 30 in 2015, Peterson led the NFL in rushing and doesn't appear to be slowing down. He's definitely at the top of the pack for starting fantasy running backs again in 2016.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson the last of his kind?

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:20:58 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was the only player to have more than 300 carries last year, and retired RB Emmitt Smith believes that if Peterson doesn't break the all-time rushing record, no one will.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson is still four or five good years away from making a legit run at Smith's record, but he is the closest thing to a workhorse back in a league that continues to move to a committee approach at running back. He is probably the safest fantasy option at his position and should be one of the first players off the board in 2016.

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