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|As I suspected, McKinnon was nothing more than an infrequently used caddy to Peterson in 2015. With Peterson back and better than ever, McKinnon was relegated to mop up duty for most of the year. With only 73 total touches on the season, McKinnon didnít have many opportunities to display his elite athleticism. Despite the lack of meaningful involvement, there is reason to pay very close attention to the third year back. First, his explosion is evident by his 5.2 yards per carry average last season, besting his impressive 4.8 average as a rookie. Raw coming out of Georgia Southern, one would figure that with some experience under his belt, his mental game will start to catch up to his physical game. While he has little to no standalone value in fantasy based on his projected usage, I feel he is a MUST add handcuff for Peterson owners. His ability, and offensive fit make him one of the few back-up running backs than could be true difference makers in fantasy football, and well worth an upside stash even for non-Peterson owners.
| Adrian Peterson out for Week 16|
McKinnon and Asiata to handle rushing load
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Dec 23, 1:30 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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.