Adrian Peterson Fantasy News

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling suggests Adrian Peterson will play more on third down this year with Toby Gerhart out of the picture:

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could find himself on the field in passing situations more often this year, getting asked to chip a defender before releasing on a pass route, he's probably not going to just be sitting in the backfield picking up blitzes.

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Rob Gronkowski (ACL) on track in his recovery
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:09pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski visited Dr. James Andrews this week. He's right where he should be. Will start jogging soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. He was injured on Dec. 8, and we’re not sure why he waited a month to have the surgery. Regardless, it typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a major risk in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:21pm

St. Paul Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson is getting hit too much, and Mike Zimmer vows to do something about it.

After watching plenty of film on Peterson since taking over as Vikings coach in January, Zimmer said the team needs to do more to get the star running back into the open field.

“He’s such a great player, a hall of fame player, one of the best ever,’’ Zimmer said Tuesday in an interview with ESPN at the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. “I think you always got to use those kind of guys. We’d like to run him into a few less bodies, so there’s not 11 of them meeting him at the (line of scrimmage).’’

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, the second most in NFL history. However, last year he fell off to 1,266 yards and missed two games in December due to injury. Peterson underwent surgery on his groin in January, but general manager Rick Spielman recently said he will be “fine’’ once offseason workouts get underway in April. He's still going to be a top fantasy RB on our board, but it would be nice if the Vikes could get him some help on offense.

Eddie Lacy's snaps may rise
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:18am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The reigning offensive rookie of the year who rushed for a Packers' rookie record 1,178 yards last season, Eddie Lacy will be the workhorse back once again. In fact, he could be on the field even more than he was last season, when he played 60.5 percent of the offensive snaps. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at last month's scouting combine that he wants Lacy to become a three-down back. Last season, he often gave way to fullback John Kuhn on third down.

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.

Packers see Eddie Lacy as 'a three-down player'
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:23am

Jason Wilde, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Eddie Lacy: "What I look for Eddie to do is be a three-down player."

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 10:20am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy was the NFL offensive rookie of the year, but new Packers RB coach Sam Gash thinks he can teach him some things about advancing his career beyond first-year success.

"Just point him in the right direction and let him go," Gash said. "Just talk to him about the little things, the part about being a pro. He’s a young guy and he plays hard, but there’s an art to being a pro. I’m definitely not going to mess him up. That’s something I learned a long time, let runners run."

Gash said as soon as he got the job he called Lacy and introduced himself. He said he began watching some tape of Lacy recently and based on his conversation with the rookie and what he saw on tape, he said he thought there were similarities between Lacy and Curtis Martin.

"Even though he’s bigger, same mentality," Gash said. "Curtis didn’t like watching football. If anybody watched his Hall of Fame speech, he was a guy who didn’t necessarily like watching football, but he was instinctive and just a great player.

"Eddie is pretty similar in his mentality. But you watch him on film, which I’m just starting to do, he’s an exciting prospect."

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.

Vikings plan to utilize Adrian Peterson in space
Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Under new OC Norv Turner, the Vikings' plan for RB Adrian Peterson could look slightly different than how the 2012 NFL MVP has been used in the past. He talked about wanting to get Peterson the ball in space more often, which could sound like sweet poetry to Vikings fans who have wondered why Peterson hasn't been used as a receiving threat more over the years. The best season of Peterson's career as a receiver, not surprisingly, came in 2009, when he caught 43 passes for 436 yards from Brett Favre, who used running backs as receivers with great success during his career.

"He’s run the ball in closed-in quarters with a lot of defenders there and he makes a lot of long runs, making people miss or running over people," Turner said. "It’s hard to do, but we would like to get him in space and getting the field spread a little bit better for for him."

If Turner is able to get Peterson in the open field more often, either by throwing him the ball or by reducing the number of defenders in the box, it could help take some of the wear off a running back who just had his third surgery in as many years and will be 29 in March.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson has only averaged 2.0 receptions in his career, and has been curiously underutilized in the passing game since day one. He's not quite the natural receiver as LaDainian Tomlinson was, but as a Turner-RB comparison, Tomlinson averaged 3.7 receptions throughout his career.

Vikings want 'balance' on offense
Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:53am

Vikings, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings OC Norv Turner on a running offense: "It's all about balance. We need to be good at all things. Balance is the most critical thing."

Fantasy Impact:

No one should be worried about Adrian Peterson's workload. Turner likes to run the ball and only goes pass-happy when he doesn't have enough talent at running back.

Adrian Peterson to have groin surgery
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the third consecutive offseason, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has plans to go under the knife. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Wednesday night that Peterson soon will have groin surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. William Meyers, who operated on Peterson's sports hernia last season, will perform the surgery.

It's a good time to ask whether the Vikings should think about giving another running back a few of Peterson's carries during the season, though it's questionable whether Toby Gerhart would want to come back for a supporting role when he could have bigger opportunities coming as a free agent this spring.

Peterson, for that matter, isn't one to ask for less work, but he might be getting to an age where both he and the Vikings are better served by an attempt to reduce his mileage somewhat.

Peterson's ticket to a lesser workload could actually come through new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who became San Diego's coach at a similar point in LaDainian Tomlinson's career. Tomlinson was 28 when Turner took over the Chargers in 2007, and as Turner leaned more on San Diego's passing game, the Chargers dialed back Tomlinson's workload. He carried 315 times in 2007 -- down 33 carries from his 31-touchdown season of 2006 and the second-fewest of his career to that point.

Fantasy Impact:

Recovery should take about 4-6 weeks. At 29, Peterson will still enter 2014 redrafts with a 1st round ADP, but his long-term outlook obviously isn't as bright as it once was.

Adrian Peterson may need groin surgery
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 10:33am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to visit Philadelphia-based specialist Dr. William Meyers next week to evaluate his troublesome groin and decide if surgery is needed, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

This probably isn't a huge concern heading into the 2014 season, but it's a reminder that Peterson is turning 29 this March and is no spring chicken. He should excel in new OC Norv Turner's offense, but may only have 1-2 years of peak performance remaining.

Adrian Peterson out Week 17
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, meaning that the star running back will miss the Minnesota Vikings' final game at Mall of America Field.

Peterson has been plagued by a groin injury suffered last week against Cincinnati and a foot injury sustained earlier this month.

Fantasy Impact:

With Peterson and backup Toby Gerhart both sidelined, the Vikings will have to turn to Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard at running back.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:47am

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he's holding out hope on running back Toby Gerhart.

Fantasy Impact:

There seems to be a good chance Adrian Peterson is held out of this game leaving Gerhart for a potentially big workload against the Lions in Week 17. Obviously a situation to monitor.