Normally, drafting a 31-year-old running back with 2,497 career carries and 244 career receptions would be a recipe for disaster. But the Vikings' Adrian Peterson isn't your normal running back. Missing most of 2014 seemed to re-energize his game as he handled 327 carries, posted 10-plus Fantasy points in 11 of 16 games and finished the season as the second-best rusher in all formats. There's a certain truth that Peterson will, eventually, slow down, but no one seems ready to bet against him just yet -- certainly not with the schedule he has laid out in front of him this season. He remains one of the best running backs you can get in Fantasy, well worth a pick between third and sixth overall. Just be sure to get his backup, Jerick McKinnon, in Round 10 or later as a lineup precaution.
Peterson did not fully participate in training camp Friday due to an undisclosed injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He tweaked himself a little bit in the offseason. He's going to be fine," said head coach Mike Zimmer. "He did the conditioning test today. We're just being careful with him." Peterson was able to run light sprints and participated in walk-through of a play on offense, so the injury doesn't sound serious. Still, monitor his progress early in training ccamp.
Peterson rushed for 45 yards on 23 carries and added 13 receiving yards on two catches in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He lost a fumble during the game. Stymied for much of the game, Peterson lost a critical fumble in the fourth quarter that set Seattle up to take the lead. Later, on Minnesota's second-to-last drive of the game, it was Jerick McKinnon, not Peterson, on the field trying to help lead the comeback. Fumbles come with the territory for Peterson, who led the league in the unfortunate stat this year and has fumbled at least thrice in six of his eight full seasons. What doesn't normally come with the territory is a lack of production, and that's what Peterson began to show toward the end of the season. In five of his last six games of the year, including Sunday, Peterson was held to 3.5 yards per carry or less - the lone exception being a matchup against the hapless Giants defense. Peterson still managed to score three touchdowns during those games, but given that he'll be 31 next season, Peterson may be showing signs of fatigue that could result in a less dominant share of carries in 2016.
Peterson (back) is active for Sunday's wild-card contest versus the Seahawks. Peterson will brush off a lower back injury with the Vikings' season on the line, but his least productive outing occurred in a Week 13 beatdown versus the Seahawks, who contained the 2015 rushing champion to eight carries for 18 yards and four receptions for six yards. A throwback performance will be required to upend the back-to-back NFC champions.
Peterson (back) is considered probable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Peterson was a full participant in Friday's practice, his first appearance during a week in which he's treated a back injury. Despite that ailment, Peterson is expected to be ready to roll for Sunday's playoff tilt against the Seahawks.
Peterson (lower back) didn't practice Thursday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. While Peterson also sat out Wednesday's session, the report suggests that the running back is simply being being rested and is in line to suit up for Sunday afternoon's playoff tilt at home against the Seahawks.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|4||10/04||New York Giants||26||20.38|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|3 Year Avg||209||942||7||20||137||0||149|