Adrian Peterson Fantasy News

Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. With Peterson out for the year, Jerick McKinnon is expected to start and see the most touches, though Matt Asiata will be heavily involved, especially around the goal line. McKinnon (toe) took full practice reps all week.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) took full practice reps again Thursday. With Adrian Peterson (knee) out for the year, McKinnon is expected to start and see the most touches, though Matt Asiata will be heavily involved, especially around the goal line.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) practiced fully Wednesday. With Adrian Peterson (knee) out for the year, McKinnon is expected to start and see the most touches, though Matt Asiata will be heavily involved, especially around the goal line.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus, out 3-4 months

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 11:42am

Josina Anderson - [Full Article]

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson told me he's planning to have surgery on Thurs to repair his meniscus. He's "doing it with faith and optimism."

Peterson has what is known as "bucket handle tear." I'm told that's a minimum of 3-4 months out and up 6 months usually.

Related players: Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata

Fantasy Impact:

This is not a trim, but a full repair, which is why he's going to be out so long. Jerick McKinnon is likely to start with a healthy dose of Matt Asiata on third down (due to his superior pass protection), around the goal line and late in games, as he serves as the team's closer. (Asiata saw seven touches while McKinnon saw only two with the Vikings nursing a lead in Week 2.) Both players are good additions this week, though the Vikings' running game has yet to have much success this year. For a breakdown about how McKinnon and Asiata split the work with Peterson sidelined in 2014, be sure to check out John Paulsen's article on the subject.

Zimmer: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus, timetable uncertain

Monday, September 19, 2016, 2:51pm

Justin Gaard - [Full Article]

Mike Zimmer to @DanBarreiroKFAN on Adrian Peterson: "He's got a torn meniscus." Timetable uncertain at this point. Vikings

Fantasy Impact:

Adam Schefter added that Zimmer did not rule Peterson out for Week 3, though that would be pretty surprising. Meniscus tears typically require surgery with a recovery of 2-4 weeks if it's a simple trim. So that's the timeline that we're working with right now. Waiver Wire Watch for Week 3 will be up soon, but be sure to check out John Paulsen's article to get an idea of how the Minnesota RB touches will be distributed while Peterson is sidelined. In short, Jerick McKinnon is the priority add, but Matt Asiata may return better value given his lower FAAB cost, especially in standard formats where his goal line touches are at a premium. More from our injury expert Russell Manalastas: " I'd be very pessimistic about him playing this week. Location of tear and size of tear really determines whether or not a player can return from a tear without needing surgery. Could he play with the tear? Sure, if his knee doesn't lock up on him and it doesn't cause more pain than he's already experiencing. But risk of doing additional damage could be a concern as well."

Zimmer: RB Adrian Peterson (knee) 'might miss a week'

Monday, September 19, 2016, 8:20am

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

A knee injury knocked Adrian Peterson out of the Vikings’ 17-14 win over Green Bay in the third quarter on Sunday night.

After the game, Peterson was on crutches in the locker room with a black brace supporting his right knee. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson would undergo a magnetic resonance imaging scan on Monday morning. Asked if the injury might be serious, Zimmer said “it could,” but reiterated the MRI would be needed to know the extent of the damage.

“He might miss a week, I don’t know if he will or not,” Zimmer said. “Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson struggled with 19 yards on 12 carries when he was on the field, another subpar fantasy performance. While we'll continue to monitor for updates, Zimmer's timetable of possibly missing a week seems somewhat encouraging but it looks like owners should have a backup plan. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata would fill in for Peterson if he misses time with McKinnon seeming like the better option as a fantasy replacement.

Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) took full practice reps all week and was removed from the injury report. Peterson will be fine to face Green Bay.

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:05pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. The full practice indicates that Peterson will be fine to face the Packers this week.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8:02pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. The full practice indicates that Peterson will be fine to face the Packers this week.

Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:48pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (foot, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 1. The midweek downgrade is typically a bad sign. If McKinnon is out, Adrian Peterson would likely see a few extra snaps on third team unless the team decides to insert Matt Asiata into that role.

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (foot) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. The midweek downgrade is typically a bad sign. If McKinnon is out, Adrian Peterson would likely see a few extra snaps on third team unless the team decides to insert Matt Asiata into that role.

Lions plan to get Ameer Abdullah the ball 'a number of different ways'

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

While Ameer Abdullah is clearly Detroit’s best option at running back, don’t expect him to carry the ball like Adrian Peterson or Doug Martin. The Lions aren’t planning on anything like that for him. Not even close.

He’ll get his touches. Just not like a traditional lead back might.

“I don’t envision him carrying the ball 30 times in a ballgame,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “I think he’s capable, certainly, but that’s not his strength. I think he’s one of those guys that you have to get it to him a number of different ways.

“Do I think he’s durable enough to do it? Absolutely. Do I think he’s strong enough to do it? Absolutely. But I just don’t think that’s his cup of tea.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Abdullah will have a larger role in the passing game after averaging just 1.6 catches per game as a rookie. Zach Zenner will be used in relief and we know Theo Riddick will be used frequently as a receiver.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. McKinnon figures to suit up in Week 1, though he’s unlikely to see enough touches to be fantasy relevant behind Adrian Peterson. He could be a factor in PPR formats if he can lock down the third down role.

Vikes RB Adrian Peterson to decide if he sees preseason action

Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings have not come to a decision yet about whether Adrian Peterson will play in the preseason, coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. If the league's leading rusher does see the field before the start of the regular season, it will be in large part because he wants to get in an exhibition game.

"I'm going to sit down and talk to him about it and if he wants to play then we'll discuss what we think," Zimmer said. "If he goes in there, he's probably not going to get one pass and out. So he's going to play (for a longer period of time if he does play)."

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson hasn't carried the ball in a preseason game since he returned from knee surgery in 2012, and his only exhibition game appearance during that time came in 2013, when he played one series in the Vikings' third preseason game against San Francisco, the story said. The piece also added that Zimmer doesn't feel it's necessary to see Peterson in a preseason game before the regular season starts.

Appeals court rules NFL had right to suspend Adrian Peterson

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

In February 2015, Judge David Doty ruled that the NFL and arbitrator Harold Henderson overstepped their bounds when Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended indefinitely (a suspension upheld by Henderson) and fined six paychecks after he pleaded no contest in November 2014 to reckless assault to settle charges that he abused his son.

That ruling paved the way to Peterson’s reinstatement after he spent all but one game of the 2014 season on the exempt list after the abuse allegations came to light. The NFL appealed the ruling on the grounds that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Peterson under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the NFL on Thursday. In their decision, which was obtained by TheSportsEsquires.com, the court found that “the parties bargained to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator, and the arbitrator acted within his authority, so we reverse the district court’s judgment vacating the arbitration decision.” The decision also rejected the NFLPA argument that the penalty being “fundamentally unfair” takes precedence over the powers given to the league under the CBA.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the decision has no impact on Peterson’s eligibility to play, only whether the league has the right to collect the fine. Joined with the decision on the Tom Brady appeal in the Second Circuit, it also serves to reinforce Goodell’s power to impose discipline under the current CBA.

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