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By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Sep 1st 12:41pm EDT

After holding him out for the entire preseason, the new Vikings coach staff is excited to unleash a more well-rounded and hopefully more productive Adrian Peterson when the regular season begins this weekend. The new regime plans on featuring the All-Pro more in the passing game and on runs to the outside instead of just inside the tackles. "I'm excited to see what the new and improved Adrian Peterson is going to look like when the opener starts," said Vikings' running backs coach Kirby Wilson. "I think this whole team is excited about what he could bring as a dual-threat player." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: More diversity likely means even more production for Adrian Peterson in 2014. Peterson's two most successful fantasy seasons of his career were also the only two years that he had more than 40 receptions. He could conceivably catch 50+ balls this season and when you add that potential plus his track record, Peterson is definitely worthy of being the No. 1 overall selection in all fantasy formats.

By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 12:53am EDT

According to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, Adrian Peterson will most likely sit out the remainder of the preseason. Zimmer said Peterson is unlikely to play in Saturday's game against the Chiefs and added "I really don't see the need" when asked if Peterson would appear at all this preseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: At this point in his storied career Adrian Peterson doesn't need to play in preseason games in order to be prepared for the grind of an NFL season. In fact it's probably better for fantasy owners that he doesn't play so you can be guaranteed that he enters the season healthy. With LeSean McCoy and Jamal Charles already nursing injuries, Peterson becomes even more interesting as the potential No. 1 overall player off the board in upcoming drafts.

By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Aug 12th 10:32pm EDT

Despite dropping one pass, Adrian Peterson made several nice catches during Monday night's practice. According to Star Tribune reporter Mark Craig, Peterson's most impressive catch of the night came on a short crossing pattern when he hauled in a pass in traffic without breaking stride. (Source: Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Adrian Peterson is already one of the most sought after fantasy players in the game and if he can continue to develop as a pass-catcher there is no telling what kind of numbers he can put up this season in Norv Turner's running back friendly offense. With a current ADP of No. 3 in standard leagues and No. 4 in PPR leagues, Peterson actually has a chance to exceed expectations if he is properly utilized in the passing game. Peterson isn't expected to see any action in the remaining preseason games so we won't get a chance to witness his pass catching improvements until after our drafts. But if the news out of camp is correct we might see an even more well-rounded and ultimately an even more productive AP in 2014. And if that's the case Peterson would be well worth the No. 1 overall selection in all formats.

By Michael Bailey, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 1:44pm EDT

(Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smart move by Zimmer. Peterson has absolutely nothing to prove or gain by playing in preseason games and should continue to be a top five overall pick in all fantasy leagues.

By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Sat, Jul 26th 6:36pm EDT

New Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner said that Adrian Peterson can be an effective pass protector for the Vikings this season. Turner also said that while Peterson's third-down role has not been determined yet "you'd like his presence out there" on third downs. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's pretty simple really. Better pass protection means more playing time on passing downs for Peterson. And that means more catches and more receiving yards for the already productive All-Pro. If Peterson can provide adequate pass protection he has a chance to exceed his career highs of 43 catches and 436 receiving yards from 2009. He would also become even more valuable in PPR leagues and would definitely need to be considered along with Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy for the #1 overall spot on draft boards.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 2:34pm EDT

The 29-year-old star running back is coming off a 2013 season, where he rushed for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns. The newly married Peterson is looking to improve on those numbers under new head coach Mike Zimmer and creative offensive coordinator Norv Turner. "Just taking on a new offense, a new offensive scheme," Peterson said. "I know what we did in OTA's and mini-camps is nothing to what we are about to experience now. I'm excited because we have some good pieces in place and we're surrounded by good coaches and people as well." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Peterson is currently ranked third overall in the Fantasy Pros consensus rankings behind only Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy. He rushed for over 1,000 yards for the sixth time in his seven NFL seasons in 2013, but his 10 touchdowns were his lowest total since 2008. With Turner in charge of the offense, Peterson should be utilized correctly and his numbers should increase because of it.

Fantasy Football Maniax | Sep 2nd
Peterson has to be excited about the progress the Vikings passing game has made in the preseason. If the Vikings can have balance in the passing game, it will go along way to him having another monster season.
FFLockerRoom | Sep 2nd
I love AP but the St. Louis defense is very good. This might be one of those games I might be upset about if I had to watch it on FOX.
The Fantasy Fix | Aug 30th
1. LeSean McCoy McCoy should be this year’s first-overall pick. He is a perfect fit in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense. Last season Shady won the rushing title by 268 yards. Over the past three seasons, McCoy is second in fantasy points only to Adrian Peterson. He had well over 350 touches last year and is […]
ESPN | Aug 15th
Matthew stops by the show to let you know why he believes Adrian Peterson should again be the number one player drafted in fantasy this season.
The Fake Football | Jul 17th
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