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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 don’t 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? Let’s 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 doesn’t 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 season… and nabbing Gerhart is an absolute must.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB2 Jerick McKinnon
RB2RB3 Matt Asiata
RB3RB1 Adrian Peterson
RB4FB1 Zach Line
Vikings Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Adrian Peterson out for Week 16     -- Fri Dec 23 1:30 pm --

McKinnon and Asiata to handle rushing load
After a one-game return, Adrian Peterson has been ruled out again. The Vikings running back will not play in Minnesota's Week 16 matchup against the Packers after aggravating a groin injury against the Colts. Peterson did not participate in practice all this week because of groin and knee ailments. (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: With Peterson out, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle the rushing load against the Packers. Neither are recommended fantasy plays given the state of the Vikings running game.
Injury Adrian Peterson says he's playing this weekend     -- Fri Dec 16 2:30 pm --

AP: "Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll"
After three practices on his surgically-repaired knee, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he’s “ready to roll.” Peterson said he’ll play Sunday against the Colts, his first game action since suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee Week 2, he told Dash Radio during an interview on Friday afternoon. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Interesting. It's tough to gauge how much Peterson will play and while he's definitely worth an add if he's available in your league, the Vikings run game has struggled this season. Peterson (31-50) averaged 1.6 yards per carry in his first two games this season.
Injury Adrian Peterson returns to practice     -- Wed Dec 14 12:22 pm --

Suffered torn miniscus in Week 2
Adrian Peterson is officially back at practice for the Minnesota Vikings. The team announced Wednesday the running back was designated for return from injured reserve and will suit up for practice. Teams have one return designation per year and must identify the player on the first day he begins practicing. (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: Minnesota hasn't had a legitimate rushing attack since Adrian Peterson went down with a knee injury in Week 2 this season-Vikings rank last in NFL with 73.4 rushing yards per game. The positive news is encouraging but it doesn't appear that Peterson will be ready for action this weekend. He would make a splash for fantasy matchups in Week 16 so long as he is cleared to play and the Vikings remain in the playoff hunt.
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.

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