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By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Thu, Oct 9th 10:17pm EDT

Prosecutors in Texas filed paperwork on Thursday to have Adrian Peterson arrested for violating conditions of his bond after he admitted to a drug tester that he had recently used marijuana. According to the report, Peterson told the worker that he had "smoked a little weed" before taking a urinalysis test on Wednesday. Peterson has been free on a $15,000 bond for felony child abuse charges and not taking illegal drugs is typically a requirement for being out on bond. Peterson's trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on December 1st. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This most recent development in the Adrian Peterson saga makes it even more unlikely that the former All-Pro returns to the field in 2014. Even if Peterson's attorneys are able to convince a jury to find him not guilty of child abuse charges, the Vikings would still need to be willing to actually put him back on the field. And with the flurry of negative stories continuing to emerge about Peterson's past (and current) behavior, public opinion in Minnesota has certainly turned against the former face of the franchise.

By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 9:26pm EDT

According to a spokesperson for Adrian Peterson's attorney, the Vikings' running back will plead not guilty to child abuse charges when he makes his first court appearance in Texas on Wednesday. This decision makes it unlikely that Peterson will return to the field in 2014. When asked on Tuesday about the possibility of Peterson returning to the team this season, Vikings' head coach Mike Zimmer did not sound very optimistic. "I don't know that that's not going to happen in 2014," Zimmer said. "Honestly, I want the best for Adrian..., but I also have to coach the guys that are here and go forward. If things get resolved and it's a good thing, then the more power to him. We will worry about that when the time comes." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This latest development makes it all but certain that Adrian Peterson will not play again in 2014. If you were still stashing Peterson on your bench in hopes of him returning to the field for the stretch run, it's finally time to drop the former first-round pick from your roster in all redraft leagues. However you will still probably want to hold on to him in keeper or dynasty leagues to see how things play out in the court system. There is a chance that the former face of the franchise has played his last game as a Viking, but Peterson would most likely emerge as a starter for whatever teams he plays for and would continue to be viewed as an RB1.

By Michael Bailey, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 10:45am EDT

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a ProFootballTalk source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings later this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Plenty of scuttlebutt about Peterson's future, with many opining that he's played his last game as a Viking. There's also word that his legal team wants to force the Vikings' hand by getting Peterson reinstated this season. From a strictly fantasy football perspective, only those banking on Matt Asiata aren't hoping for a quick resolution as to the availability of one of the league's elite backs.

By Dale Redman, Vikings Correspondent, Wed, Sep 17th 2:50am EDT

The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list until his legal case is resolved. The Vikings have reversed course from their Monday press conference, essentially barring Peterson from all team activities until his child abuse case is resolved. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is a huge blow to all Peterson owners, since his trial for child abuse charges would not start until 2015 at the earliest. Effectively Peterson is suspended for the year. A huge blow since most owners spent a top 5 pick on Peterson. If for some reason Matt Asiata or Jerick McKinnon are available in your league, pick them up now. Scour the waiver wire, trade for a replacement, basically do whatever you can to find another RB since it doesn't look good for Peterson to return in 2014.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Sep 16th 4:21pm EDT

The Radisson, Mylan and Anheuser Busch have ended their partnerships with Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. Nike also stopped selling AP jerseys at the Nike Store in the Mall of America and Twin Cities Outlets in Eagan. You can still purchase his jersey on (Source: Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: None of this news is good for the Vikings and Peterson. He is set to practice and play this weekend, but with more news possibly coming out, disagreements made by the Minnesota governor and other figures only time will tell. Place Peterson in your lineups with caution, it isn't 100% certain that he will suit up. If he does he is a RB 1 against the Saints.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 12:04pm EDT

Peterson has been reinstated by the Vikings after an announcement this morning by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf. AP will practice this week and will also play this Sunday against New Orleans. How much he plays remains to be seen. (Source: Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The Wilf's pointed out that they believe that this a matter of due process and "we should allow the legal system to determine the appropriate course of action." They also said they will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian's fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process. Will all that being said I put AP in your Week 3 starting lineup, but pay attention to how much the Vikings plan to use him as the week progresses.

By Michael Bailey, Vikings Correspondent, Sat, Sep 13th 11:48pm EDT

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's trial for reckless or negligent injury of a child will likely occur in 2015. Peterson was released from jail on $15,000 bond Saturday, Sept. 13, after being arrested for a felony charge involving his son. (Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: We'll know more about Peterson's future next week. As of right now, Matt Asiata should be picked up in all leagues with Jerick McKinnon being more of a long-term stash.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Sat, Sep 13th 9:45am EDT

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Peterson turned himself in to Texas (Montgomery County) authorities at 2:06 a.m. ET Saturday. He was booked and charged by police before posting a $15,000 bond. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: He is on his way back to Minnesota, but he will likely face more discipline from the league while this thing plays out. Matt Asiata will be the Vikings workhorse on Sunday against New England. Asiata should be considered a fill-in RB 2/Flex option at best,

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 6:53pm EDT

The Vikings announced just a short while ago that star running back Adrian Peterson will be deactivated amid reports of injury to his 4-year-old son. NBC Sports is reporting that Peterson gave his son a disciplining with a flexible tree branch. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Find someone else to use on your bench this week. Obviously this is a tough break for the Vikings and fantasy owners. But the seriousness of this incident is more important. Matt Asiata should get the bulk of the carries with Jerrick McKinnon serving as the change-of-pace back.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 5:34pm EDT

Minnesota Vikings team officials released this statement just two minutes ago: "The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin." (Source: Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: According to ESPN, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office has not arrested Peterson just yet. Peterson missed practices Aug. 20-21 with what the Vikings called personal reasons and reports he recently testified before grand jury. Keep checking back as more information comes in. His status is looking very murky for Sunday's home meeting with New England.

By Andrew Sears, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 5:11pm EDT

Fox Sports reports that Texas law enforcement has handed down an indictment on Peterson for charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Early reports are the incident stems from Peterson disciplining his 11 year old son with a switch. (Source: Mark Berman)

Fantasy Impact: This is obviously disturbing news and is yet another black eye for the NFL. With the indictment Peterson will turn himself in and and his status for this weekend is unclear. From a fantasy perspective, his primary backups in line to pick up the workload would be Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 5:01pm EDT

Fox 26 in Houston reported Friday that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Montgomery (Texas) County for reckless or negligent injury to a child. According, to TMZ, Child Protective Services are working on the case involving Peterson and an 11-year-old boy. (Source: Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: "With indictment Peterson will have to turn himself in and thus his status for this weekend is now unclear," Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer said on Friday. Keep checking back for more updates as this thing unfolds. Neither the Vikings or Peterson's attorney have responded to calls.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 12:50pm EDT

A day after sitting out of practice for rest purposes, Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was back practicing on Friday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson is the No. 2 back this week behind only LeSean McCoy. He has a decent matchup against a mid-pack New England run defense, so expect a better outing than last week. However, with Tom Brady under center, the Patriots have never lost on the road to an NFC North opponent.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Thu, Sep 11th 11:11am EDT

Since the start of 2012, the Vikings are just 1-11-1 in outdoor games during the regular season and playoffs. On the flipside, Minnesota is 15-6 in indoor games. (Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: The Vikings have struggled as of late, but Adrian Peterson certainly has not. The 29-year-old has a career average 4.8 ypc and 29 total touchdowns lifetime outdoors. However, he has just four rushing touchdowns the past two seasons on grass. But the Patriots certainly have some holes in their run defense as they allowed 191 yards on the ground to the Dolphins in Week 1. Peterson is a top 3 back this week despite being outdoors.

By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 1:35am EDT

After sitting out the entire preseason, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 21 times for 75 yards in their season-opening victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He also added two catches for 18 yards on three targets.

Fantasy Impact: While it wasn't an extremely productive fantasy day according to Adrian Peterson standards, he did end up with a pretty solid outing in his first live action of the season. Peterson racked up a total of 93 yards from scrimmage and was utilized in the passing game and on runs to the perimeter. Although he was unable to get into the end zone, Peterson was definitely the focal point of the Vikings' offense in Week 1 and will continue to be a must-start in all fantasy leagues.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 5:19pm EDT

“Based on everything I’ve seen in practice, and we had obviously a very up-tempo week in practice, he looks like he’s ready to roll. I don’t see any rust,” Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said during Friday's media session. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Peterson owners. The 29-year-old is the No. 4 ranked player in the Week One Fantasy Pros rankings. Look for him to put up impressive numbers once again in this season opening matchup against St. Louis.

By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Wed, Sep 3rd 11:03am EDT

Peterson holds the team opening day records with 180 rushing yards and three rushing TD's set against Cleveland in 2009. Peterson also tied the opening day team record with a 78-yard TD run last season against Detroit. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: AP has had great success against the Rams in the past, rushing for 212 yards and two TD's in their last matchup in 2012. However, St. Louis ranked ninth overall in run defense last season, while opponents averaged only 3.8 ypc against them. They also forced a league-high 15 fumbles. Peterson is a must start, but don't be shocked to see him struggle early on before turning things up as the game progresses.

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.

ProFootballTalk | Oct 22nd
The prosecution may still win the war, but its lost the battle over who’ll preside over the war.  Or something. According to the Associated Press, Judge Kelly Case will continue to handle the Adrian Peterson child abuse prosecution.  A retired judge has decided that Case should not be recused based upon an alleged bias against…
ESPN | Oct 22nd
A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has been denied.
ESPN | Oct 22nd
A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has been denied.
FantasySharks | Oct 15th
Who has been the MVP of the first half of the fantasy football season?  Whose been the biggest waiver wire wonder so far?  And who is the biggest bust besides Adrian Peterson?  We're answering all these question and more as we give out awards for the biggest studs and biggest duds of the first half of the fantasy football season.
The Fantasy Fix | Oct 9th
Unless you live under a rock, you must be aware that is the go-to site for seeing “expert” rankings compiled. Because they’re committed to providing up-to-date, quality content for their viewers, FantasyPros sends their contributing “experts” numerous emails telling them when their rankings need to be updated. Considering I still had Adrian Peterson in...
Breaking Football | Sep 19th
In what is quickly turning into one of the biggest headlines in recent NFL history, even with the Ray Rice situation, the Adrian Peterson saga is getting more media attention day by day. For those who live under a rock and do not know the background story, here it is. Last week, Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges “stemming from an incident in which Peterson allegedly caused ...
ESPN | Sep 18th
In the wake of Adrian Peterson's removal from the Vikings roster, Matthew Berry wonders if fantasy owners should be morally bound to do the same.
RotoBaller | Sep 17th
Week 2 was initially overshadowed by a handful of off-the-field issues, primarily the Ray Rice saga and the Adrian Peterson case. But once the games got underway, the injury bug hit many high-profile fantasy studs, forcing owners to take a step back and evaluate their rosters for the upcoming weeks. Luckily, bye weeks are still a week away, […]
Yahoo! Sports | Sep 17th
Adrian Peterson is officially back in limbo.  While most of the country was asleep, the news came out early Wednesday: Peterson has been placed on the exempt list, which means he'll stay away from the Vikings while Peterson's child abuse charges are addressed.  Here's the crux of the story, from the Associated Press: The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day ...
Breaking Football | Sep 15th
This has undoubtedly been one of the worst months in the history of the NFL, in terms of player and personnel behavior. Along with many others, Adrian Peterson was a big reason why. Just a week later after having been charged with reckless and negligent injury to a child, Peterson will be active and playing against the New Orleans Saints in week three. No one is 100% sure of where this situation w...
EDSFootball | Sep 15th
Shortly after news broke of Adrian Peterson's indictment, the Minnesota Vikings deactivated him for their Week 2 matchup against the Patriots. With Peterson out, Matt Asiata (47 snaps) had slightly more than double the snaps of Jerick McKinnon (23) and paid off for fantasy owners that added (and started) him this week. Although he averaged just 2.8 yards per carry with a long of seven yards, ...
Gridiron Experts | Sep 13th
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was been indicted in Texas after an incident in which he whipped his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as punishment. Mike Rigz | Adrian Peterson Indicted, Charged with Injuring Child - Gridiron Experts [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Razzball | Sep 12th
Did he beat his kid until he was purple? Jesus. So, as if there hasn't been enough negative news going around these parts, apparently, the Vikings running back wishes to keep the dominoes going. In other news, thanks for making me hungry for pizza too. Ya jerk. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on charges of child injury in Texas, according to multiple reports. 
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 […]