Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #4 MIN Active 9 years 31 6'1 220 @AdrianPeterson

2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Dec-06-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): Peterson has a TD in four straight games (five total), with two impact games in his last two starts (216 combined yards and a TD and 187 combined yards with two TDs). He has six games with over 100 yards rushing, with four coming in his last five starts. The Seahawks are allowing 3.8 YPC with three TDs to RBs. They rank 4th in the league in RB Fantasy defense. Peterson averages 23.6 touches per game, so his bar is higher than most. I see more steady than impactful, but his path is trending upward.

UPDATE (11/18): Peterson has returned and hasn't missed a beat. Heading into Week 11, he leads the league in rushing. He has 961 yards and five touchdowns on 4.9 yards per carry, plus he's tacked on 19 receptions for 138 yards. Currently he's the Fantasy RB2. Very little has changed since we've seen him last. He's a must-start week in and week out.

Peterson couldn't match his 2012 success in 2013, which is another reason why a Fantasy player should never draft the hot player from the previous season. Over the first 11 games of 2013, Adrian only had three 100-yard rushing games. He started to hit his stride in weeks 12 and 13 when he rushed for 357 yards on 67 carries, but he suffered a foot injury in week 14 which forced him to miss most of the rest of the season. He tried to play in week 16, but he suffered a groin injury that required surgery in late January. He finished with 1266 rushing yards on 279 attempts and 10 rushing TDs. Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards throughout his eight-year career, which ranks 28th all-time. He has scored 91 touchdowns in 97 career starts. In 2013, Adrian averaged 24 touches per game in his 12 full games. His success in 2012 was a result of his ability to make big plays (27 runs of 20 yards or more and 8 runs of 40 yards or more). Last year, Adrian recorded 23 touches for 93 combined yards in his only game played. He probably has the best opportunity in the league to get plus touches in every game of the season if he is healthy. His value in the passing game has risen high enough where we can expect close to 40 receptions. Peterson has the chance to produce over 1800 combined yards and is almost being a lock to find the end zone at least ten times. Bridgewater's growth should lead to more overall chances running the ball and scoring.

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

SCOUT Fantasy: Regarding Adrian Peterson's workload, how much will the Vikings use Jerick McKinnon? Shawn seems to think AD can get to 40 catches. We're really curious about that considering he had only 29 receptions in 2013, and McKinnon caught 27 passes in just 11 games as a rookie last year. How do you see this shaking out?

Yotter: Peterson's involvement in the passing game has always been a point of interest. Every year, there is the thought that he will be more involved, but that's never really been the case. However, this is the year I think it happens for two reasons: First, what I've seen of him this offseason with Norv Turner's offense is more use there. And secondly, he looks better than ever catching the ball.

McKinnon should be involved in the running game and the passing game too, but I don't think that takes away from Peterson's touches in the passing game. Forty catches for Peterson is probably the top end, but I also think it's realistic this year.

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
1.02 GridironExperts-Jody Smith - Pick made based on Pre-Draft List Peterson is my #1 overall player for this season, so it was either going to be AP or Le'Veon Bell. (Comments Added Mon Aug 3 9:08:06 p.m. ET 2015)
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