| Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
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|Draft: 2007 Round 1 (7)
Ht: 6’1” Wt: 217 DOB: 1985-03-21 Age: 29
|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.
Comment: Peterson (ACL, MCL) is ahead of schedule on his rehab but won't participate in any preseason games. He'll likely be active but limited early in the season.
|Adrian Peterson in trouble again -- Thu Oct 9 6:10 pm --|
Reportedly violated bond conditions
|Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have suspended Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, FOX 26 News has learned.
Court records show while giving his urine sample Wednesday Peterson admitted to a staffer he had 'smoked a little weed' before the test. As a result of that, the Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the judge in this case to set aside Peterson's $15,000 bond and have him arrested again. (FOX Houston)|
FF Today's Take: Give Peterson credit for being honest, but that is about the only positive thing that can be said on his behalf right now. If this story is true, it shows a stunning lack of good judgment for a player that may writing a sad end to a Hall of Fame career. There is a very strong chance AP will not return to the field in 2014 or an increasing likelihood he will not play for the Vikings again.
|Adrian Peterson in court on Wednesday -- Mon Oct 6 5:15 pm --|
Hopes to speed up trial in order to return to field in 2014
|Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be present at his hearing Wednesday in a Texas courtroom to defend himself against child abuse charges. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It is a longshot that Peterson plays another snap in 2014 as his chances for a return to the field hinge on essentially speeding up the legal process and hoping he can get a non-guilty verdict. In such a case, the NFL will likely count whatever number of games he has missed up to that point against the length of suspension it deems appropriate. Owners are advised to continue holding AP until this process plays itself out a bit more.
|Zimmer: McKinnon still change-of-pace back -- Mon Sep 29 3:35 pm --|
Rookie rushed for 135 yards in Week 4
|Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, HC Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back. Zimmer said he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses.
“I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Matt Asiata has scored three touchdowns in a game twice through four career starts, yet just about all anyone wants to talk about McKinnon. At the moment, Zimmer's statement is probably more telling about Adrian Peterson's future than it is about Asiata's lead-back role. With that said, McKinnon needs to be added in whatever leagues he was available in because there is no question he should see roughly 10-15 touches per week in an offense that will feature the running game.
|Vikings reverse course on AP -- Wed Sep 17 2:30 am --|
Placed on Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list
|A statement from Vikings.com regarding the ongoing case regarding Adrian Peterson: In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. (Vikings.com)|
FF Today's Take: There's no mandatory length of stay on the list, but the Vikings indicated that Peterson would remain there "until the legal proceedings are resolved." This is looking more and more like it will be an extended absence, especially since Peterson will be held out of team activities while the situation is resolved. Matt Asiata becomes a strong flex/low-end RB2 play for as long as AP is forced to sit out.
|Adrian Peterson case "under review" by NFL -- Tue Sep 16 10:54 am --|
Former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel reviewing Hardy case too
|The NFL says the Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy cases are under review, according to Ed Werder's Twitter post. The Vikings reinstated Peterson Monday, but deferred any questions about further discipline to the league office. The NFL's new hire, former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel, is examining both cases. (Twitter (@Edwerderespn))|
FF Today's Take: Whether the NFL has the power to step in and suspend Peterson before the case goes to trial is hard to assess, but FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday it falls under the new domestic violence policy, in which first-time offenders get a six-game ban. Our advice is to hold Matt Asiata until a clearer picture emerges.
|Peterson expected to play in Week 3 -- Mon Sep 15 11:50 am --|
Vikings to let legal system play out before imposing discipline
|The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practices and meetings this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was deactivated for the Vikings' Week 2 game against the New England Patriots after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: "At this time we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action." The Vikings will the Peterson case play out in the legal system before imposing any kind of punishment. Peterson owners can exhale for now and should be able to plug him into lineups for the foreseeable future.
|Adrian Peterson indicted, Week 2 status unclear -- Fri Sep 12 5:15 am --|
Charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child
|Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas, grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to multiple media reports. Last October, Peterson's 2-year-old son died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after being allegedly assaulted by a man who was dating the boy's mother. Peterson learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the NFL this week... this has been an on-going case and Peterson testified for the grand jury weeks ago. He hasn't been arrested but may need to turn himself in leaving his status for this week up in the air. There's been now official word from the Vikings as of yet. Matt Asiata would likely start if Peterson is unavailable.
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