Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may not reach 300 carries this season, but that doesn't mean he will be used less than in years past, just differently. According to ESPN's Ben Goessling, head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner want to turn some of Peterson's would-be rushes into receptions. They want to give him the ball with more space to run and reduce the number of hard hits he absorbs.
We've heard this before. Goessling also writes that Turner has "big plans" for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson . We've heard that before, too. These plans have been made publicized so commonly this offseason, fantasy owners aren't going to be really upset if they both don't pan out as planned.
Peterson is a top-three fantasy RB and staring down his first season with 50 receptions or more. Patterson, despite having just one NFL season under his belt, is a high-end WR2.