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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: 30

Season Stats
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  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/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  

2015 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
RB1RB1 Adrian Peterson
RB2RB2 Jerick McKinnon
RB3RB3 Matt Asiata
RB4RB4 Joe Banyard
Vikings Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Peterson drawing high praise from coaching staff     -- Fri Jul 31 4:30 pm --

Head coach Zimmer: "He's in fantastic shape"
Adrian Peterson is as good as ever after a year away. “He’s in fantastic shape. His body is rock hard. He’s really into all the football stuff, he’s got a smile on his face, he seems to be extremely happy and excited to be here. Every day you see a couple cuts that look like a Hall of Fame running back, so those are good sights to see,” Zimmer said. The Vikings have become a trendy pick to be a playoff team, with Peterson returning, Teddy Bridgewater improving in his second season and Zimmer getting another year to build his defense. (NBC Sports)

FF Today's Take: There's been no shortage of positive sentiment voiced about AP's ability this offseason. But when he ties up his cleats on September 13th for the Vikings opening game, he will have played just one regular season game in the past 20 months. There is no doubting Peterson's superhuman ability but at 30 years old and after a year away from football, there are less risky running back options available if you don't feel like rolling the dice.
Vikings, Peterson agree on restructured deal     -- Tue Jul 21 12:45 pm --

Details not disclosed
The Vikings and Adrian Peterson have mutually agreed to restructure the final three years of Peterson's contract. Per team policy, contract details will not be disclosed. "This agreement is a win for both Adrian and the Vikings and is a positive step toward Adrian finishing his career as a Minnesota Viking," said Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. "As we have consistently said, Adrian is a valuable part of the Vikings organization and we look forward to his return to the field.” (Vikings.com)

FF Today's Take: This announcement was part a joint release where Peterson thanked the Vikings for the restructured deal that likely gives the RB more upfront money for lower base salary in the final years of the deal. "It was important for me to continue my career in Minnesota," said Peterson. This, more than anything is a public relations attempt to show the Vikings and Peterson are now on good terms.
McKinnon, Asiata competing for backup RB job     -- Fri Jul 17 11:00 pm --

Peterson expected to be used more on third downs
It’s clear who the Vikings will use as their starting running back, but Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will compete for the backup role. We expected to see Peterson used more in third down situations last year, and Adrian Peterson believes that will be the case again this year in his return. We’ll see if Peterson, 30, will need to participate in a preseason game after his suspension, but everyone around the organization expects him to have a huge year. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: If Peterson does play more on third downs, that will cut into opportunities for McKinnon and Asiata. Expect McKinnon to emerge as Peterson's backup but whoever wins the job out of camp will be nothing more than a handcuff for Peterson owners.
RB coach discusses Adrian Peterson's workload     -- Fri Jun 12 1:23 pm --

"More about snaps not the carries"
"No question that the workload will be a lot more balanced than in the past because the organization has done an outstanding job of acquiring talent and other explosive pieces," Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson told Around The NFL on Thursday. "And just as the natural progression as an older back ages, the workload decreases anyway." (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: Wilson went on to say "I think it's more about snaps per game, because that's what you have to watch in regard to the wear and tear." It's common for coaches to talk about reducing a running back's workload during June and July but when the lights come on, they find it hard to take their best player off the field. Adrian Peterson is an RB1 while Jerick McKinnon is an intriguing mid-to-late round upside pick.
Peterson won't participate in voluntary OTA's     -- Sun May 24 11:30 pm --

Still wants to be traded
Running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance Tuesday at Winter Park when the Vikings begin their first week of voluntary organized team activities. He instead will remain in Texas, according to multiple reports. The first time that Peterson — and the rest of his Vikings teammates — are required to show up at Winter Park is next month’s mandatory minicamp. If he opts to skip those workouts, the Vikings can choose to fine him. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Other reports suggest that Peterson still wants to be traded and is considering sitting out upcoming mandatory workouts. Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this season. Peterson has skipped voluntary workouts in the past.

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