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Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

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Draft: 2007 Round 1 (7)
College: Oklahoma
Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 217 DOB: 1985-03-21 Age: 31
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#18 3 2.05

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2007 MIN 14 9 238 1,341 5.6 12 28 19 268 14.1 1 238.9 17.1
2008 MIN 16 15 364 1,757 4.8 10 39 21 125 6.0 0 248.2 15.5
2009 MIN 16 15 315 1,389 4.4 18 57 43 436 10.1 0 290.5 18.2
2010 MIN 15 15 283 1,298 4.6 12 50 36 341 9.5 1 241.9 16.1
2011 MIN 12 12 209 973 4.7 12 23 18 139 7.7 1 189.2 15.8
2012 MIN 16 0 348 2,097 6.0 12 51 40 217 5.4 1 309.4 19.3
2012 (Projected) MIN     241 1,086 4.5 8   17 155 9.1 1 178.1  

2016 Outlook
Depth Chart
Of all the question marks at running back entering the 2012 fantasy football season, none is bigger than the Vikings Adrian Peterson. A perennial candidate for the 1st overall pick in every format, Peterson tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 16 last season and there are doubts that he will be fully recovered from that injury by opening day. What is not in doubt is that Peterson will not be 100% to start the season. In fact, he may not even return to his pre-injury form at any point in 2012. Of course, when you have scored 64 touchdowns in 73 career games and averaged 92.6 rushing yards, 110.5 total yards and 16.6 FPts/G over your career while remaining mostly injury free despite being the most punishing running back in the league, you donít need to be 100% healthy to be productive. There are plenty of question marks with Peterson in 2012 but it all boils down to where do you draft him? Letís examine the scenarios. AP could open the season on the PUP list, forcing him to miss the first six games of the season. He could be on the roster on opening day but still miss the first 2-3 games of the year. He could split time with backup Toby Gerhart for several games and then assume a larger role as the season progresses (just in time for the fantasy playoff run). Maybe the Vikings, expected to be NFC North doormats, choose to be very cautious with their franchise player in 2012. One last scenario: since the guy is basically superhuman, maybe he doesnít need as much time to recover from a torn ACL as other players do. If you like to play the odds, you need to assume that Peterson will rate no better than an upper tier RB2 in 2012 and hopefully he gets rolling by the end of the seasonÖ and nabbing Gerhart is an absolute must.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB2 Jerick McKinnon
RB2RB3 Matt Asiata
RB4RB1 Adrian Peterson
RB5FB1 Zach Line
Vikings Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Adrian Peterson closer to return     -- Mon Nov 21 7:30 pm --

Making "solid progress" following September meniscus surgery
Adrian Peterson, who underwent surgery to repair a right lateral meniscus tear on Sept. 22, is making solid progress in his recovery and could be back on the field for the Minnesota Vikings by mid-to-late December, according to league sources. Peterson had an exam late last week and could start running this week. Although the three-time rushing champion is said to be exercising caution in his return from the knee injury he sustained on Sept. 18 against the Green Bay Packers, he could make his return before the end of the regular season. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: There is optimism he could be ready to play by Week 15 or 16, although caution needs to be exercised here for multiple reasons. With ex-OC Norv Turner out, there's no telling how much new OC Pat Shurmur would commit to the running game. Secondly, the Vikings have perhaps the worst front five in the league now. Last but not least, AP averaged 1.6 YPC behind Minnesota's "healthy" offensive line over the first two weeks of the season.
Injury Vikings have "no idea" if AP will return     -- Mon Nov 14 4:55 pm --

On IR following meniscus surgery
Mike Zimmer on if Adrian Peterson will play at any time this season: "I have no idea." (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: It may be about time for owners with deep benches to give up hope on Peterson, who is running out of time to give himself at contributing this season. Minnesota isn't giving him much reason to rush back either, as the Vikings' offensive line is getting outplayed on a weekly basis. Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata and Ronnie Hillman will mostly likely finish the season out in a three-headed committee.
Pat Shurmur in as Vikes OC, Norv Turner out     -- Wed Nov 2 10:30 am --

Vikings make switch at offensive coordinator
Vikings announce Pat Shurmur will assume the duties as Interim Offensive Coordinator effective immediately. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: It's unclear why Norv Turner resigned today but the Vikes have struggled the last two weeks on offense registering 10 points against the Bears and Eagles the last two weeks. Given the injuries to the offensive line and injury to Adrian Peterson it's unlikely the offense is going to get out their funk.
Injury Vikings place Adrian Peterson on IR     -- Fri Sep 23 3:00 pm --

Earliest return would be Week 11
The Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on injured reserve Friday. Peterson underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. Itís still possible Peterson returns this season as each NFL team is allowed to reinstate one player from injured reserve after eight weeks. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: The earliest Peterson could return would be Week 11 although it's likely he won't be back during the regular season. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will form a committee for the Vikes moving forward.
Injury Adrian Peterson to have surgery, out 3-4 months     -- Wed Sep 21 11:45 am --

Torn meniscus
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is planning to have surgery Thursday morning to repair his torn meniscus, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Peterson, who was injured Sunday, told ESPN that he has a "bucket handle tear" of the meniscus, which typically has a recovery time of three to four months. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Opting for surgery will cost Peterson most of the season. Peterson owners can hang on to the veteran running back for a couple days as more news surfaces but at best he could return late in the season. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will form a committee in Peterson's absence, with both being FLEX considerations from week to week.
Injury Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus     -- Mon Sep 19 5:10 pm --

HC Mike Zimmer declines to rule RB out for Week 3
Mike Zimmer did not dismiss idea that Adrian Peterson could play this week with torn meniscus. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: AP has shown himself to have amazing recuperative powers, but the notion anytime soon after not being able to put any weight on his right leg Sunday night borders on ridiculous. The odds are strong Peterson misses at least a month if the tear is substantial enough. Jerick McKinnon would be expected to handle the bulk of the workload in such a scenario, while Matt Asiata steals an occasional series and assume goal-line duties.

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