| Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
Want Custom Fantasy Scoring?|
You are not logged in. You must be logged in and create a league profile to apply
custom fantasy scoring to the stat, projection and ranking pages.
Login or Register
|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.
|At least six teams possibly interested in AP -- Thu Jan 29 3:25 pm --|
Return to Minnesota up in the air
|If there were no legal issues, Adrian Peterson would be back in Minnesota. But now it is far less certain. The Vikings would like him back -- they've made that fairly clear -- but Peterson might not be entirely comfortable returning to Minnesota.
At least a half-dozen teams have done some background work on Peterson in the event he becomes available, per league sources. Both the Seahawks and Patriots have proved that running the football is key to winning championships. There will be a team, maybe even the Dallas Cowboys, that wants to make Peterson the centerpiece of its offensive attack next season. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Peterson has a $15.4 M cap number in 2015 and Minnesota may have seen enough from Jerick McKinnon that the Vikings might be willing to part with their aging 29-year-old back (30 in March). As Schefter suggests, Dallas would be a prime landing spot if the Cowboys do no re-sign DeMarco Murray - which is a distinct possibility. Along with Ndamukong Suh, expect Peterson's uncertain status to dominate the headlines in the coming weeks.
|Peterson's uncertainty could alter Vikings' draft -- Wed Jan 14 5:00 pm --|
Running back remains suspended
|With Adrian Peterson's future still up in the air after the running back's suspension was upheld in December, the Minnesota Vikings might need to consider other options at the position moving forward.
"I think a lot (of the offseason plan) will depend on Adrian's situation, but I also know initially, as I start putting a little bit of the draft stuff together, it's a pretty good running back class this year," general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday.
FF Today's Take: The Vikings have little choice but look to add quality depth and competition in the backfield with Peterson's status still up in the air for next season. Currently suspended and carrying a $15.9 million price tag for 2015, Peterson could find himself cut by Minnesota if a resolution isn't reached this Spring.
|Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers -- Wed Nov 19 4:27 pm --|
Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson
|The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Adrian Peterson all but out for the rest of the season, and Matt Asiata working through the league's concussion protocol, the Vikings were in need of running back help. Expect a timeshare with McKinnon and Tate moving forward. This move derails the small value McKinnon currently has and puts both in RB4 territory.
|Report: Adrian Peterson suspended for rest of 2014 -- Tue Nov 18 9:00 am --|
Vikings RB was notified today of NFL decision
|Adam Schefter reports Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was notified today that he has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Well, that settles that. Peterson may appeal, but at this point it's unrealistic to expect he'll return to the football field in 2014. He's safe to drop in redrafts and may have played his last snap in Minnesota.
|Adrian Peterson grievance must be heard by Nov.17 -- Tue Nov 11 1:35 pm --|
Ruling expected by Nov. 22 per CBA
|On Monday, the NFL Players Association filed on behalf of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson a grievance against the league and the team, based on the failure of the NFL to remove Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list after his legal case was resolved.
Under Article 43 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a hearing on the expedited grievance must occur within seven days of its filing. In this case, the hearing will happen by Monday, November 17. The grievance then must be resolved within five days after the hearing.
At the latest, Peterson’s status will be determined by Saturday, November 22 — one day before the Vikings launch a three-game home stand commencing with the Packers.
The grievance could, as a practical matter, be resolved sooner than that. A conference call will happen as soon as Tuesday between the league, the NFLPA, and arbitrator Shyam Das. The arbitrator, who undoubtedly understands that this matter boils down to the interpretation of the September 18 letter agreement that placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list “until the criminal charges pending against him are adjudicated,” could inform that parties that the hearing will happen this week, and Das could in turn rule quickly — possibly, at the hearing itself.
The letter launching the grievance focuses, as expected, on the argument that the agreement to place Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list expired when the legal case was resolved. The league has reneged on that deal by keeping Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list pending completion of his personal-conduct policy review.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: It's good news for those holding Peterson that a decision must be reached before the end of the month, but it's obvious the league is dragging its feet and the star RB won't be back for Week 11.
|NFLPA files non-injury grievance for AP -- Mon Nov 10 6:20 pm --|
RB could be on verge of playing
|NFLPA announced it has filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner’s Exempt list based on explicit language in a signed agreement dated September 18, 2014. "We asked the NFL to honor the terms of that agreement last week and as of now, they have failed to respond or comply. It is our obligation to protect all players’ rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL." (Adam Schefter on Facebook)|
FF Today's Take: Although the league has hinted it will take as much time as it needs to "get it right", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may get pressured to make a decision sooner than later. There figures to be plenty of updates throughout the week, but the possibility of Peterson playing as soon as Week 11 against the Bears - although unlikely - cannot be discounted.
Fatal error: Call to undefined function SearchPlayer() in /home/fftoday/public_html/stats/playerprofile.php on line 1181