Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings

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Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press is suggesting that 2016 could be RB Adrian Peterson's final season with the Minnesota Vikings due to his astronomical (for running backs) $18 million contract value for the 2017 campaign. (Source: The Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: Although this report is pure skepticism, it garners debate as the running back position is tremendously undervalued in today's NFL. Adrian Peterson will receive $12 million in 2016 while his contract value skyrockets up to a whopping $18 million in 2017 for a rusher who will turn 32-years-old in March. In the upcoming fantasy football campaign, Peterson will likely finish in the top 10 in scoring if he remains healthy, but it could be his last big year production-wise in the league with age, as well as the wear and tear on his body, creeps up on the future Hall of Famer. Jerick McKinnon should be selected as Peterson's handcuff as he could see an increase in touches if the Vikings begin to prepare for the future.

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter Matt Vensel reports that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could see a decline in snaps. Backup RB Jerick McKinnon has “had a strong spring” and the Vikings are very interested in giving him more snaps. The Vikings also plan to run more plays out of the shotgun formation. For years, Peterson has struggled in the shotgun and has preferred running behind center. The Vikings may look to substitute Peterson when in the shotgun formation. (Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Even if Peterson does see a slight decline in snaps, he should still get enough snaps to be considered a "bell-cow back". Peterson is going into his tenth season but has shown very few signs of slowing down. With the recent four-game suspension of Le’Veon Bell, there are very few RBs that are safer options than Peterson. Peterson is the Vikings best player, they will adapt their system to fit his strengths, regardless of what they are saying now. Consider Peterson an RB1 and a first round draft pick going forward.

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Fantasy Football Empire | Jul 27th
In 2015, Adrian Peterson (RB-MIN) finished 1st in rushing yards with 1,485. He also ran for the most first downs with 71. He was a workhorse with a league leading 327 rushing attempts. To put this into perspective, the 2nd leading rusher was Doug Martin with 288 carries which were 39 carries less than Peterson. When I break down Peterson's rushing yards per carry, he finished tied for 12th with averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Excluding the 2014 season where he only played 1 game due to injury, Peterson has been a model of consistency. Over the past 8 seasons, Peterson has averaged 14.9 games, 295 rushing attempts, 1,450 rushing yards, 72 yards per game, and 12 rushing touchdowns. Somewhat of a concern was that Peterson fumbled 6 times last season, losing 3 of those fumbles. Peterson is now 31 years old and there will come a time when his skills will diminish. I see regression based on several factors including age and the total number of carries from 2015.
Yahoo! Sports | Jul 20th
Same as it ever was: Returned from ACL injury to deliver 1,700+ YFS and 11 TDs - yes, he's 31 years old, but those RB mileage rules are only a harbinger of ill for ordinary humans
FantasyPros | Jul 18th
Besides Devonta Freeman, who was fueled by the fluke start, Adrian Peterson was the No. 2 fantasy football running back again last season. Although he is aging, we all know this man is a once in a generation freak of nature, so there is no reason to believe he takes a step back. Given that Bridgewater could make a big move forward, AP could be in for an even better season than his 1,485 yard, 11 touchdown campaign.
RotoBaller | Jul 15th
Adrian Peterson has strong words of encouragement for 3rd year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, who thus far has seemed to be a better NFL quarterback than a fantasy one, has continuously received praise this summer from coaches and players. It is hard to see how the Vikings offense won't improve on the passing side. A... Read More
Breaking Football | Jul 13th
At first glance, this stat seems ridiculous. However, after ESPN’s Ben Goessling released an article on star running back Adrian Peterson’s workout routine during the…
Breaking Football | Jul 5th
Ageless wonder still has big role and is still elite. Will have down games but overall remains a monster.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jun 15th
Peterson did have a slow end to the season, but he played a lot of tough run defenses, like Seattle and Arizona. I think he still has one great season left in him, but he is 31-years old and has 2,381 career carries. Those are numbers that traditionally signal an impending decline in fantasy production.
WalterFootball | Jun 15th
Peterson, at times, didn't seem as explosive last season, but the 30-year-old back put up almost identical stats to his amazing career average. His 4.5 yards per carry tied for his second-lowest average, but that number was still fourth for all running backs with over 200 carries, and he led all running backs in carries with 327. Doug Martin was second with 288 and Latavius Murray was third with 266, just to show you how exceptional Peterson's total carries were last season.

Peterson was also the no-doubt motor of the Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater ranked 22nd in total passing yards and 32nd in passing yards per game, while Peterson was first in rushing yards and averaged 92.8 rushing yards per game. He will again be needed next season to keep the offense going, but will probably continue to lose some work to Jerick McKinnon, who has been outstanding in limited work. But I almost see McKinnon's ability as a plus. The Vikings need offense to get them to the goal line, where much of Peterson's value comes from, and McKinnon adds a receiving dimension that Peterson just doesn't have.