6'1", 217 Lbs.
2007, Round #1, Pick #7
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Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will look to bounce back from one of his worst games of the season on Sunday in a road bout with Jacksonville. The odds would appear to be stacked against him in an offense marching out its fourth starting quarterback since Week 12 against a Jaguars defense that hasn't allowed much fantasy production to the running back position. The Jags have surrendered 1,172 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground to opposing RBs, and Derrick Henry accounted for just over 20% of the yardage and half of the scores by himself last Thursday. Whether Peterson is able to put forth a respectable effort will depend on which version of Jacksonville shows up: the one that shut out the Colts two weeks ago, or the one that served as a doormat for the Titans.
5 days ago: Adrian Peterson Ineffective Against Giants
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 10 times for 16 yards in Sunday's blowout loss to the Giants. He was out-gained on the ground by Chris Thompson, who only had three carries, and Josh Johnson, the Redskins' fourth new quarterback in as many weeks. As Washington's season has come apart at the seams after a promising start, so too has Peterson's fantasy value. A few well-timed touchdowns have helped salvage recent performances, but the consistent workload and production we saw from him in the first half of the season has dissipated greatly. If you managed to survive his crippling Week 14 performance, you'll hope he can emulate Derrick Henry's 238-yard, four-score outing against a puzzling Jaguars defense in Week 15.
8 days ago: Adrian Peterson Looks To Run Over Giants Again
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson is still working his way through a shoulder injury that has affected his participation in practice of late, but the injury hasn't kept him out of any games. Monitor the final injury reports as you prepare your lineup for the first round of the fantasy playoffs, but expect Peterson to get the green light come Sunday. Peterson will be facing a Giants defense against which he had his best game of the season, rushing for 149 yards and a touchdown back in Week 8. Adding further appeal to his fantasy value is the fact that the Giants have allowed at least 100 rushing yards or a touchdown to opposing backs in every game since Week 6.
11 days ago: Adrian Peterson Cashes In On Long Touchdown
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson had an odd day at the office on Monday night against the Eagles. He only carried the ball nine times, a pattern we've seen in the past when the Redskins have to play catch-up, and one that usually spells doom for Peterson's fantasy value. Luckily for his investors, he broke one of those nine carries for a 90-yard touchdown run, salvaging his day and perhaps catapulting a team or two into the fantasy playoffs. Peterson is the one player without a giant question mark over his head in an offense now led by Mark Sanchez, as he's been the only one to deliver consistently this season.
15 days ago: Adrian Peterson Could Rumble On Monday Night
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has rushed for just 171 yards combined in his last four games after totaling 345 such yards in the previous three. Not surprisingly, the Redskins have lost three of their last four contests with the focal point of their offense having been held in check. Monday night presents Peterson with the opportunity to end his slide, as the Eagles have allowed at least 126 rushing yards in each of their last three games, while also permitting a total of four rushing touchdowns in that time frame. The Redskins need to end a skid of their own if they want to keep up with Dallas in the division race, so look for them to exploit Philly's weakness on the ground with a heavy dose of hand-offs to Peterson.
23 days ago: Adrian Peterson Slowed Down By Cowboys
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson recorded 35 yards on 12 carries in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys. He fell victim to the same set of circumstances that has hampered his fantasy value at various points throughout the season: the Redskins could not contain the opposing offense effectively enough to lean heavily on the running game. Peterson also saw backup running back Kapri Bibbs scavenge a short touchdown late in the game, further weakening his Week 12 performance. The Redskins have now dropped two consecutive games, so look for them to use their extra preparation time before Week 13 to reinforce what has worked for them all year: defense and the ground game led by Peterson.
24 days ago: Adrian Peterson Faces Tough Defense On Thanksgiving
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has been given a significant workload this season, but he's in line to receive even more volume for the home stretch now that Alex Smith is lost for the year. Peterson's first test as the undisputed leader of Washington's offense will come against a Cowboys team that has been impressive against the run. Dallas has allowed just two teams to rush for over 100 yards this season, and they've surrendered just four rushing touchdowns. Peterson played a role in one of those 100-yard efforts, totaling 99 yards back in Week 7 in the teams' first meeting. The tough defensive matchup aside, Peterson figures to receive more than enough volume out of the backfield to warrant RB2 consideration for Week 12.
27 days ago: Adrian Peterson Scores Two Touchdowns Against Texans
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson found himself with a fantasy-relevant workload on Sunday despite the team facing a deficit early on. It was a rare instance for Peterson, as we've seen the Redskins bid farewell to the rushing attack in games like this earlier in the season. He converted his 16 carries into a pedestrian 51 yards, but salvaged the day with two touchdowns. With quarterback Alex Smith suffering a season-ending injury, it stands to reason that Peterson will see even more work going forward, perhaps even regardless of game script. He is the Redskins' most reliable offensive player, and the team will need to lean on him more than ever to account for the loss of their starting signal-caller.
30 days ago: Adrian Peterson Feels Refreshed
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, who has been bothered by ankle and shoulder injuries for the last few weeks, said he is feeling better than he has in quite some time this week. The Redskins have been limiting the veteran back in practices early in the week as a result. Im feeling good. Last week I actually started feeling all the way healthy, Peterson said. My shoulder, Im back to bench pressing. I hadnt did that in three weeks. So, Im back to kind of doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle is feeling good." The 33-year-old continues to defy the odds and has been the team's leading offensive player all year. However, he's slowed down in the last two weeks and hasn't scored since Oct. 28. Some of that may have to do with the team's beat up offensive line, and it might not get any easier against Houston in Week 11. Still, Peterson remains a volume-based RB2 the rest of the way as the focal point of the offense.
1 month ago: Pedestrian Day For Adrian Peterson
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 19 times for 68 yards in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. The lack of an end zone visit means Peterson's fantasy investors were looking elsewhere in their lineups for outstanding production, but the important thing to remember is that his value is based entirely on volume, and no one is challenging him for that in the Washington backfield. Peterson ceded just three carries to Kapri Bibbs, who doesn't appear to be fantasy-relevant even in Chris Thompson's extended absence. Peterson will continue to see the type of bell cow workload that normally yields fantasy-friendly results, and is arguably the only player in this offense worth starting on a weekly basis.
1 month ago: Adrian Peterson A Bounce-Back Candidate
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has done well with his role in the offense when game flow has permitted his utilization. Last week against the Falcons, he fell victim to the opposite script and was held to just 33 yards from scrimmage. A date with the Buccaneers could send Peterson trending back in the right direction in Week 10. The Buccaneers have allowed 14 total touchdowns to opposing running backs on the season, 11 of them on the ground, which is exactly where Peterson does his damage. Not helping the Buccaneers' case is that they have the worst turnover differential in the NFL, meaning their defense could spend an awful lot of time on the field against a Redskins team that likes to run the ball. Look for Peterson to reenter the RB2 conversation this week.
1 month ago: Adrian Peterson Can't Get Going Against Falcons
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson was held in check by the Falcons on Sunday, rushing nine times for 17 yards. It was an all-too-familiar picture for his fantasy owners, as the Redskins found themselves facing a sizable deficit early and could not rely on Peterson to set the tone. In any case, Peterson's fantasy potential at this point in the season is pretty cut-and-dry: he's going to be a workhorse running back when the Redskins have a lead, and he'll be a non-factor when they fall behind early. The former figures to be the case more often than not, as the 38 points allowed by Washington's defense on Sunday are an outlier.
1 month ago: Adrian Peterson, Paul Richardson Questionable
Washington Redskins running backs Adrian Peterson (shoulder) and Kapri Bibbs (shoulder) and wide receiver Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) were limited in practice this week and are questionable for Week 9 against the Falcons. All three will play. With Chris Thompson (ribs) out again, it'll be the Peterson show in the backfield in a good matchup. He remains a strong volume-based RB2, while Bibbs is an option in deep PPR leagues as an RB3/flex. Richardson has been rolling as the team's top wideout with Jamison Crowder hobbled, but it hasn't resulted in much production. He's a low-ceiling WR4/flex in a brutal passing attack led by quarterback Alex Smith.
1 month ago: Adrian Peterson In Line For Another Solid Outing
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will look to carry his early-season success into a contest with a Falcons defense that has been exploited all year. Only the Chiefs have surrendered more fantasy points per game to opposing running backs than the Falcons. Atlanta has given up at least 70 rushing yards in six of seven games, and has allowed multiple touchdowns to running backs on three different occasions. The Falcons are a relatively high-scoring team, so the Redskins may not be able to completely dictate pace of play the way Peterson's investors have gotten used to over the last few weeks. We shouldn't expect that to devalue him, however, as he still figures to receive an RB2 workload at worst.
1 month ago: Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, Adrian Peterson Miss Practice
Washington Redskins wide receivers Jamison Crowder (ankle) and Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) and running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder) all missed practice on Wednesday. Crowder has missed the last several games and doesn't appear close to returning. He can be left on the waiver wire until further notice. Richardson returned after a one-game absence and predictably underwhelmed with only two catches for 34 yards. Even in an excellent matchup against the Falcons this weekend, Richardson is no better than a WR4/flex as the de facto No. 1 wideout with Crowder sidelined. Peterson is often rested early in the week, so this is nothing to worry about. He has been a productive workhorse for Washington and should continue to do so in a fine matchup. Regardless of whether Chris Thompson plays, Peterson is a strong RB2.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Has Huge Day Against Giants
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson rushed 26 times for 149 yards on Sunday, including a 64-yard touchdown scamper late in the fourth quarter. He also opened the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown catch in the first. Peterson continues to capitalize on the volume sent his way as the Redskins seem committed to getting every last mile left on the veteran's treads. His value might be dependent on game flow, but with the way the Redskins have played defense over the last few weeks, it's certainly realistic to start banking on Peterson to reach 20 touches on a weekly basis.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Remains Strong Option In Week 8
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has been one of the NFL's biggest surprises in 2018, and has yet to show any signs of trailing off. A fantasy-friendly matchup against the Giants in Week 8 could yield even more reward for those who took a chance on him in the late rounds of their drafts. The Giants have allowed just over 83 yards per game to opposing running backs. Take away the two games in which the Redskins had to abandon the run early, and Peterson is averaging 103 on his own. There's nothing on paper to suggest this game gets away from the Redskins, so look for Peterson to once again receive enough volume to approach 100 yards. He could also find his way into the endzone for the first time since Week 3, as New York has surrendered six rushing touchdowns.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Turns In Another Solid Outing
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 99 yards on 24 carries against the Cowboys on Sunday. He has now missed the century mark by a combined four yards in his last two games. Peterson hasn't reached the endzone since Week 3, but the main thing for his fantasy investors to focus on is just how much volume he gets out of the backfield. Washington's defense has quietly been one of the best in the NFL this season in terms of limiting opponents' scoring, and as a result the Redskins have been able to turn Peterson loose. He's averaging 21.5 carries in Washington's four wins, and will continue to be a strong fantasy asset as long as the defense remains effective.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Will Play Against Cowboys
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is active for Week 7 against the Cowboys. Peterson has been battling nagging injuries for weeks but hasn't missed any time. With Chris Thompson out for the second straight week, Peterson will remain a high-volume RB2 for fantasy owners. Expect Kapri Bibbs to serve as the change-of-pace back against Dallas.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Likely To Go
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder/ankle) is expected to play against the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Peterson has popped up the injury report for the same ailments throughout the weeks, and despite practicing sparingly during that time, he has served as the lead back in the Skins' backfield. With fellow running back Chris Thompson (rib/knee) not expected to play, expect Peterson to get his touches in Week 8.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson Listed As Questionable
Washington Redskins running backs Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) and Chris Thompson (knee, rib) are both questionable for Week 7 against the Cowboys. Both players are expected to play in this one, and the Redskins could lean heavily on their backs with receivers Jamison Crowder out and Paul Richardson questionable. Peterson is a volume-based RB2 that will have his ceiling lowered slightly if Thompson returns. Thompson is an RB3/flex in PPR leagues but could surprise if the Redskins are forced to throw often.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson A Solid Play In Week 7
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson may be entirely dependent on volume for his fantasy value, but he has done an excellent job capitalizing on it when it comes his way. Peterson has rushed the ball 17 or more times in three games this season, and in those games he has racked up 313 yards and three touchdowns. Incidentally, those contests account for all three of Washington's wins on the season. With a stingy Cowboys pass defense coming to town in a battle for NFC East supremacy, look for the Redskins to lean heavily on Peterson once again. He should see more than enough touches to sustain RB2 production against Dallas.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Back At Practice Thursday
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) was limited in practice on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday. Peterson should be fine to play in Week 7 against the Cowboys after fighting through nagging injuries the last two weeks. He'll be a volume-based RB2 with a potentially limited ceiling with Chris Thompson (rib, knee) expected to return after sitting out in Week 6.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson, Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson Sit Out
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle, knee, shoulder) and wide receivers Jamison Crowder (ankle) and Paul Richardson (knee) all sat out of practice on Wednesday. Peterson has been banged up for a few weeks now but continues to play. He'll remain a high-volume RB2, but his ceiling will be lowered a bit with the expected return of Chris Thompson in Week 7 against Dallas. Crowder is "iffy" to play this Sunday and is unlikely to practice until Friday. You shouldn't have plans to use him in your lineups this weekend. Richardson had his second touchdown of the year last Sunday but remains an unattractive WR4/flex in this weak passing offense under quarterback Alex Smith.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Shows Toughness Against Panthers
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson stepped up on Sunday with Chris Thompson absent from the team's backfield. It was unclear coming into the game how effective Peterson would be coming off an injury in Week 5, but the Redskins needed a workhorse back and he didn't disappoint, carrying the ball 17 times for 97 yards. The only detriment to his day from a fantasy standpoint was that he didn't score a touchdown. Still, for fantasy owners who elected to gamble on Peterson in the wake of his injury, faith wasn't totally unrewarded.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson, Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson Active
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle, knee, shoulder) and wide receivers Josh Doctson (heel) and Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) are all active in Week 6 against the Panthers. The only healthy pass-catcher, ironically, is tight end Jordan Reed, so he could be in line for a heavy target share. At less than 100 percent, Doctson and Richardson are risky WR4/flex options. Peterson should remain the lead back, but he could be spelled more often by Kapri Bibbs with Chris Thompson ruled out. Peterson is more of a risk as a volume-based RB2.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson A Risky Play Against Panthers
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has been battling a shoulder injury since Monday night, and his status for Week 6 remains up in the air. If he is able to suit up, he'll face a Panthers defense allowing just 95 rushing yards per game, good for eighth best in the NFL. These circumstances create a foggy forecast for Peterson's fantasy value on Sunday. On one hand, the Panthers have permitted quality backs like Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley to have fantasy success against them. On the other, a physical runner like Peterson nursing an injured shoulder could spell a limited workload against a quality run defense. Tread with caution here, and have a backup plan.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Dealing With Shoulder Sprain
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder) is recovering from a sprained shoulder, a person with knowledge of the injury said Wednesday. While head coach Jay Gruden said the veteran is day to day, it remains uncertain if Peterson will need to miss any playing time. The team had a walk-through practice on Wednesday, but Gruden estimated Peterson was a limited participant. We'll get a better idea of Peterson's status Thursday into Friday, when the official injury report is released. He faces a fairly unattractive matchup against the Panthers, a team which ranks eight in the NFL allowing just 95.0 yards per game on the ground.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Expected To Play In Week 6
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder) is dealing with a strained shoulder and will get a second opinion, but he is expected to play in Week 6 against the Panthers, according to a source. It's not a foregone conclusion that Peterson will be able to play this Sunday, although he'll remain in play as a volume-based RB2 if he does. The veteran back said he dislocated the shoulder on Monday night, but he didn't play at all in the second half. If Peterson is unable to play, Chris Thompson (ribs) and Kapri Bibbs would see more work.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Dislocates Shoulder
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder) will receive an MRI exam on Tuesday after he dislocated his shoulder in the Monday night loss to the Saints. He told reporters he dislocated his shoulder near the end of the first half after running just four times for six yards. I just popped it back in and braced it up at halftime, said Peterson, who noted he hurt his shoulder after getting hit while running a flat route. I got back in there. It explains why he wasn't used at all in the second half with the Redskins getting blown out. Stay tuned for what his MRI results show, but Washington's backfield is pretty banged up with Chris Thompson (ribs) also getting hurt late in the game. Kapri Bibbs and Samaje Perine could be in line for some more work in Week 6.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson, Paul Richardson Off The Injury Report
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and wide receiver Paul Richardson (shoulder) have been taken off the final injury report for Monday night against the Saints. Peterson and Richardson both practiced in full on Saturday. Peterson was fully expected to play coming off the bye week, and he is a volume-based RB2 in a good matchup against his former team from last year. Richardson is more of a boom/bust WR4, but he has more upside this week with Josh Doctson (heel) looking doubtful to play.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson Moving Well In Practice
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) was moving around well in practice on Friday and looks good to go for Monday night against the Saints. Peterson has looked spry so far through three games and is coming back fresh off the team's bye week. In what could be a high-scoring game, Peterson has volume-based RB2 appeal against his old team from last season.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson A Volume-Based RB2
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has made good on two games in which the team was able to lean on him, rushing 45 times for 216 yards and three touchdowns in such contests. There will continue to be weeks going forward when the Redskins have the ability to do that, but Week 5 in New Orleans does not figure to be one of them. Peterson received just 11 carries in Week 2 when the Redskins trailed the Colts for the whole game, and a matchup with the high-flying Saints could force Washington to abandon the run on Monday night. Peterson isn't utilized in the passing game enough to sustain a quality fantasy performance here, and with only two teams on bye, you probably have safer options.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson, Paul Richardson Practicing
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and wide receiver Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) were both seen practicing on Thursday. Coming off their bye week, both players should be good to go on Monday night against the Saints. Peterson blew up in Week 3 and remains a volume-based RB2 against his former team. Richardson has nine catches on 14 targets for 131 yards and one touchdown in three games this year with his new team. He remains more of a boom-or-bust WR4/flex, but he has a little more appeal against a weak New Orleans secondary this week.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson, Trent Williams Not Practicing Wednesday
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) and left tackle Trent Williams (knee) were both out of practice on Wednesday. Cornerback Josh Norman was working with trainers on the side. All three players should be just fine in Week 5 against the Saints on Monday. Peterson has a minor sprained ankle, while Williams had a minor knee procedure done last week during the team's bye. Peterson has looked young through three games this year and will once again be a volume-based RB2 on Monday night.
2 months ago: Adrian Peterson, Josh Norman, Trent Williams Miss Practice
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (ankle), cornerback Josh Norman and left tackle Trent Williams (knee) did not practice on Monday. All three players should be good to following a bye week and with the team not playing until next Monday night in Week 5. Despite being 33 years old, Peterson has averaged 4.2 yards per carry on 56 attempts through three games. Keep plugging him in as a strong volume-based RB2 this week. Norman is likely just being rested. Williams underwent a minor knee procedure before the bye week and is expected to be available.
3 months ago: Adrian Peterson Has Sprained Ankle
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle in the Week 3 win over the Packers. However, he should be ready to face the Saints in Week 5. The Redskins are on a bye in Week 4. It doesn't sound serious, but Peterson will have the bye week to rest up and should return as a strong RB2 choice against New Orleans. The veteran back rushed 19 times for 120 yards (6.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns against Green Bay.
3 months ago: Adrian Peterson Comes Up Big Against Green Bay
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson racked up 120 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against the Packers. A 41-yard scamper helped pad his overall numbers, but the 6.3 yards per carry average is encouraging as Peterson seeks to make the most of the chance he's been given to lead Washington's backfield. Not surprisingly, Peterson's two excellent fantasy outings so far have come in games in which the Redskins took early leads and relied heavily on the ground game the rest of the way. He's carried the ball 45 times in Washington's two victories, as opposed to just 11 times in the team's one loss. As such, his fantasy value going forward is largely dependent on game script due to his lack of involvement in the passing game.
3 months ago: Adrian Peterson Could Shine In Week 3
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson heads into Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers with just 3.1 yards per rush on 37 attempts. He was terrible last week against the Indianapolis Colts at home, but popped in the regular season opener and his only game on the road so far. The Packers have yielded 103.5 yards per game on the ground so far, ranking 18th in the NFL in rush defense. However, they haven't yet allowed a run over 20 yards so far. Peterson should be a decent RB3 or flex fantasy option in Week 3, and he is a decent DFS option as long as he is moderately priced.
3 months ago: Adrian Peterson Looks To Keep It Rolling
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will make his home debut in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. He just missed hitting the century mark in rushing yardage last week in Arizona, galloping 96 yards on 26 carries while finding the end zone once. He also added two grabs for 70 yards. It wasn't all great, as he lost a fumble in the game, but fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently. Peterson looks to have plenty left in the tank, and he is a solid low-end RB2 or DFS option against an Indianapolis Colts rush defense which allowed 101 yards last week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
3 months ago: Adrian Peterson Poised To Move Up On Rushing List
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson is looking to have a big day versus the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. What Peterson really wants to do is get off to a great start so he can vault into the top 10 on the NFL's all-time rushing list. He needs just 37 yards to surpass past both Marshall Faulk and Jim Brown, currently 12th and 11th respectively, on the list. "God willing, on my first run, I can go ahead and break it," Peterson told Sirius XM NFL Radio. The 33-year-old has accumulated just 601 yards on the ground over the last two seasons combined, although he did have two 100-yard games in 2017. He is expected to receive a heavy workload against a ripe Cardinals defense. Peterson is a solid RB3/flex option in standard-scoring leagues.
4 months ago: Adrian Peterson Looks Sharp In Team Debut
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson carried 11 times for 56 yards in his team debut on Friday night in the preseason loss against the Denver Broncos. His head coach Jay Gruden was happy with the debut. "I was impressed with Adrian, the way he ran," Gruden said. Peterson just signed on Monday and had only two practices and a walk-through under his belt, so the performance was particularly impressive considering his limited knowledge of the playbook. The veteran said he wanted to be the starting tailback in Week 1, and after this performance it doesn't look wise to bet against him. He could still be a decent RB3 or flex fantasy option, and his ADP likely jumped a few rounds after the strong performance.
4 months ago: Adrian Peterson Eager To Get To Work
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will get his first chance to show what he can do in the preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Friday, just days after joining the organization. Head coach Jay Gruden said he isn't sure how much Peterson will work, but he is anxious to see what 'All Day' can do in a game. Peterson was signed Monday and practiced both Tuesday and Wednesday, while also going through a walk-through on Thursday. "He's been great as far as his personality is concerned. Looks in great shape. Strong, physical. So we'll see; I think it will translate positively," Gruden said. Peterson wants to start in Week 1, but he has work to do. For now, he is a late-round addition in fantasy leagues with room to grow.
4 months ago: Adrian Peterson Agrees To Join Redskins
The Washington Redskins signed free-agent running back Adrian Peterson (Cardinals) on Monday, adding a much-needed boost to their beleaguered backfield after losing rookie Derrius Guice (knee) to a season-ending injury in early August. Peterson is being brought in to give the team some experience, but also depth. The club also lost RBs Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine to ankle injuries in the most recent preseason game, so only Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs were left standing from a group which looked to be rather deep just a few weeks ago. The 33-year-old Peterson is excited to join the team, but he still averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last season in Arizona. He's a bit long in the tooth, and should only be nabbed in the late rounds as a depth fantasy option at this point.
4 months ago: Redskins To Host Adrian Peterson
The Washington Redskins will host free-agent running back Adrian Peterson on Monday, according to sources. The Redskins are looking for more bodies at the position with rookie Derrius Guice (knee) out for the season and Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (ankle) also sidelined. Peterson would be an intriguing option to push Rob Kelley for early-down work, but the veteran was a shell of his former self last year with the Saints and Cardinals and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.
9 months ago: Adrian Peterson's Neck Is Reportedly Healed
According to the Arizona Cardinals doctors, running back Adrian Peterson's neck is reportedly fully healed. Peterson is expected to be released by the Cardinals soon after a relatively ineffective half of a season in which he stepped in for injured running back David Johnson. Wherever he lands, Peterson should be considered an untrustworthy option except in deep formats given his performances in 2017. Furthermore, whether or not Peterson is released, fellow running back David Johnson is expected to carry the full workload and be a locked-in RB1 for the 2018 season.
9 months ago: Cardinals Expected To Release Adrian Peterson
The Arizona Cardinals are expected to release running back Adrian Peterson on Monday, according to a source. He has a $750,000 bonus due on the third day of the league year on Friday, and Arizona is looking to save money. According to a source, the Cardinals could re-sign Peterson, however. Peterson did next to nothing to begin the year with the Saints and wasn't much better in six games in the desert, rushing 129 times for 448 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and two scores. Peterson had his day as the best running back in the NFL with the Vikings, but he's fallen on hard times and is unlikely to be very attractive on the free-agent market.
11 months ago: Adrian Peterson Still Thinks That He Has More In The Tank
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson thinks he can play "four or five more years." Peterson will turn 33 in March and is likely to be released from the Cardinals this offseason. Playing another four years would be a tall feat for an aging running back with over 2,500 rushing attempts and coming off a season-ending neck injury. Peterson will likely be an early-down back for a new team in 2018.
11 months ago: Cardinals Expected To Move On From Adrian Peterson
The Cardinals are expected to move on from running back Adrian Peterson in the offseason. This would pave the way for David Johnson to return as the full-time workhorse running back for the team after suffering an injury in Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. If Peterson were to leave, Johnson should be considered a locked in first round pick in redraft formats. However, if Peterson were to stay, Johnson should still be considered a near-elite option while Peterson will have minimal fantasy value.
11 months ago: Adrian Peterson Likely Will Be Released
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson will likely be cut this offseason, according to Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki. Acquired from the Saints in October, Peterson offered a jolt to the Cardinals' running game in the absence of David Johnson, but Peterson landed on I.R. after suffering a neck injury in Week 12. Peterson is due $3.5 million in 2018 but is not going to get it from Arizona. The Cardinals will clear over $2.8 million against the cap by cutting Peterson, who turns 33 in March.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Placed On IR
The Arizona Cardinals have placed running back Adrian Peterson (neck) on IR, ending his season. Peterson had an up and down year with the Cardinals, ultimately having solid RB3 value most weeks. In his place, fellow running back Kerwynn Williams should provide solid flex value this weekend and for the rest of the season given his expected volume and lack of competition in the backfield.
1 year ago: Bruce Arians Has "No Idea" If Adrian Peterson Will Recover
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has stated that he has no idea whether running back Adrian Peterson (neck) will play again in 2017. This is worrying news for fantasy owners, as Peterson provided solid RB2 value while he was active. If Peterson is unable to play again this year, Kerwynn Williams should continue to be a volume-based flex play and should be picked up in all leagues where he is still available.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Held Out Of Practice Once Again
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) was not seen at the open portion of Thursday's practice. He is likely to miss his third straight game Sunday at Washington. There is no timetable for Peterson's recovery and it's possible he is played his final game of 2017. Kerwynn Williams will be an RB2/3 in the likely event that Peterson sits.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Out, John Brown Limited In Practice
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) missed practice on Wednesday while wide receiver John Brown (toe) logged in a limited practice. While it seems Peterson is set to miss this week's game, Brown should be in line to play and has a role as a WR4 with a low floor. In Peterson's absence, it is expected that Kerwynn Williams will take the majority of the work, giving him RB3 value for the week.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson, John Brown Officially Ruled Out
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck), wide receiver John Brown (toe), defensive lineman Corey Peters (ankle), quarterback Matt Barkley, wide receiver Carlton Agudosi, center Max Tuerk and running back Bronson Hill are inactive for Week 14 against the Titans. Both Peterson and Brown were ruled out on Friday. There is "no timeline" for Peterson's return, although it does not seem like he is headed to Injured Reserve. Kerwynn Williams should once again handle the bulk of the work with Peterson sidelined.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Has No Timeline For Return
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) has "no timeline" for return according to head coach Bruce Arians. Peterson has already been ruled out for Sunday. His neck injury doesn't require surgery, but he is not a lock to return next week. Kerwynn Williams will make another start and is a plug-and-play RB3 against the Titans.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson and John Brown Out Against Titans
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) and wide receiver John Brown (toe) have been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Titans. In Peterson's place, Kerwynn Williams should get the start and maintain his steady production from last week, making him a low-end RB3. Peterson has no timetable for return at the moment, making Williams a top waiver add. Wide receivers J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown should still be considered WR4's this week while the team will continue to rely more on Larry Fitzgerald, who is a WR2 for the week.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Out In Week 14
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) is out for Week 14 against the Titans. He is sitting out for the second straight game and Kerwynn Williams should handle most of the backfield work in Peterson's absence. Williams is on the RB3/flex radar for the first week of the fantasy playoffs and Peterson week to week.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Unlikely To Play
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) is unlikely to play Week 14 against the Titans according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Per Anderson, Peterson does not need surgery for his neck issue, but rest is required. Kerwynn Williams will likely get another start in Peterson's place and will be a mere RB3/FLEX play who needs to be owned in fantasy.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Misses Practice, John Brown Looks Ready
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) was not present at the open portion of practice Thursday while wide receiver John Brown (toe) looked ready to practice. Peterson has not been present for the better part of two weeks, meaning his availability for the weekend is doubtful at best. Kerwynn Williams becomes a low-end RB2 in Peterson's absence, while Brown, if he is able to play, should be considered a WR3/4 with a low floor.
1 year ago: John Brown and Adrian Peterson Miss Practice Wednesday
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) and wide receiver John Brown (toe) missed practice on Wednesday. Furthermore, cornerback Patrick Peterson (hamstring), wide receivers Jaron Brown (knee) and J.J. Nelson (knee), and running back Kerwynn Williams (ribs) were limited in practice. Hopefully Peterson and John Brown will be able to suit up this week; if not, the remaining backs and receivers will have to pick up slack. If healthy, Peterson projects as a high-end RB3 while John Brown, Jaron Brown, and J.J. Nelson are WR3/4 with low floors.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Held Out Of Practice
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) will not practice Wednesday. "We'll wait and see," coach Bruce Arians said when asked if Peterson will play Sunday against the Titans. "We're still waiting on he and the doctors to clear him." If Peterson can't go, Kerwynn Williams would likely get another shot at the lead job after impressing in the first half against the Rams. However, the Titans matchup would be more difficult, making Williams a borderline RB2/3.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson's Return Up To Doctors
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson's (neck) return is going to be up to team doctors and himself. While there is no specific timetable for his return, it is expected that this may put him in danger of missing next week's game. Peterson should be considered a volume-based RB3 when healthy; however, if he is unable to suit up, it will be difficult to find much fantasy value in the running back tandem of D.J. Foster and Kerwynn Williams.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Inactive Against Rams
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) is inactive for Week 13 against the Rams. Peterson came into this game missing practice during the week, and he was a game-time decision. In his absence, Kerwynn Williams is expected to receive the "start," but he'll likely share the workload with D.J. Foster. In a tough matchup with Los Angeles, don't expect much from either running back.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Game-time Decision
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) is still a game-time decision. However, the team is pessimistic that he will be bale to play in Week 13 against the Rams. This is probably a sign that fantasy owners should keep Peterson out of their lineups, especially since the early games have already started. Neither Kerwynn Williams nor D.J. Foster should be considered start-worthy except in the deepest of leagues as a desperation flex option. Williams is expected to start but would likely share plenty of touches with Foster if Peterson doesn't suit up.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Not Expected To Play
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) is not expected to start in Sunday's game despite still being considered a game-time decision. This would make Kerwynn Williams the starting running back, with D.J. Foster expected to get significant snaps as well. The value of both running backs is minimal. If Peterson were to start, he would be an RB3 with his injury concerns. This is shaping up to be a situation to avoid entirely, if at all possible, with the Cardinals playing an afternoon game Sunday.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Is A Game-Day Decision
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stated that running back Adrian Peterson (neck) is a game-day decision for Week 13. This hurts his value even more as the Cardinals play in the afternoon slate this weekend. Behind Peterson, Kerwynn Williams and D.J. Foster should get the majority of the snaps, making it difficult to find any value in the Cardinals backfield this weekend (even if Peterson does play). Williams is dealing with an injury, so Foster would likely see the majority of the work if Peterson is inactive. Avoiding this situation entirely might be your best bet.
1 year ago: John Brown and Adrian Peterson Miss Practice
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (toe) and running back Adrian Peterson (neck) were not at practice during the open portion Friday. This is not good news for fantasy owners who have Peterson on their rosters, as it seems as if his playing time could come into question this weekend, if he even plays at all. If Peterson were to suit up, he would be an RB2 this weekend with volume upside. It seems unlikely that Brown will play given that he has yet to log any practice repetitions this week.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Faces Difficult Matchup
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson has a difficult matchup ahead against the Los Angeles Rams. Peterson should have a very heavy workload; however, it remains to be seen if he will be able to produce. Regardless, Peterson has a nice floor that makes him a high-end RB3 this week with RB2 upside.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Was At Practice Wednesday
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) apparently was at practice Wednesday, contradicting earlier reports. This is very good for his availability this weekend, as it was previously assumed that Peterson would not be available at practice. Peterson should be considered an RB2/3 with volume upside this weekend if he is able to continue practicing Friday.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson and John Brown Miss Practice
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) and John Brown (toe) missed practice Thursday. Peterson has missed two practices in a row, casting doubt on his availability this weekend. Brown also seems doubtful to play. However, if both are able to suit up Friday, they could still realistically participate this weekend. Peterson would be an RB2/3, while Brown would be a WR3/4 with a low floor. If Peterson is inactive, D.J. Foster would likely handle most of the action in the backfield, although he'd be a desperation play in fantasy.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Misses Wednesday's Practice
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (neck) missed Wednesday's practice. If Peterson's injury forces him to miss time, it is unknown how the backfield would shape up; presumably, D.J. Foster and Kerwynn Williams would split the duties. Fantasy owners of Peterson should keep an eye on how he progresses through the week. If Peterson is able to practice in some capacity, that is good news for fantasy owners as he should continue being an RB2/3 with volume upside.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Runs Well In Week 12
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 20 times for 79 yards to go with 20 yards on four receptions. Peterson is claerly going to receive volume in game scripts where the Cardinals are ahead, making him a top-end RB3 with weekly RB2 upside. He should continue to be started as a flex as he has the ability to get into the endzone at any time that his team seems to be the one who will take a lead.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Is Difficult To Play This Week
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson will be difficult to start for fantasy owners after two disappointing performances in the last two weeks. The Jaguars boast an elite front seven that is sure to slow Peterson down, making him an RB3 who will likely receive a significant amount of carries. Therefore, Peterson still carries some upside and could produce good numbers if the Cardinals get out to an early start.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Struggles Against Texans
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson had 14 carries for 26 yards to go along with a 13 yard reception in the team's loss to the Texans. This is not the game that fantasy owners expected; however, Peterson's volatility since joining the Cardinals makes him more of a flex option than the RB2 that many envisioned for him after a promising few weeks.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson A Low-End RB2 Against Texans
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson should be a volume-based RB2 going into this weekend's game against the Texans. Due to their opponent's offensive woes and his own team's lack of a clear starter at quarterback, Peterson should receive a huge workload this weekend. Peterson has provided in two out his first four games as a Cardinal, making him a risky option with high upside who should be in most lineups for fantasy owners.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Stymied By Seattle D
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 21 times for only 29 yards in the Week 10 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday. He caught one pass for 13 yards. Peterson predictably struggled on a short week coming off a record-breaking 37-carry explosion in Week 9 against the Niners. The Cardinals will continue to lean on Peterson as long as he can physically withstand the workload for however long Drew Stanton is under center. That makes Peterson at worst an RB2 on a weekly basis, but good defenses will continue to stack the box to stop AD.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Okay With 30 Carries
Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson has stated that he is okay receiving 30 carries less than a week removed from a season-high league record 37 rushing attempts. This should give fantasy owners great confidence, as Peterson has quickly become the centerpiece of the team's offense and should be a high-floor high end RB2 with RB1 upside this week and for the rest of the season. Make sure Peterson is in your lineup - he has the potential to win the week for fantasy owners.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Has RB1 Upside
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson should be viewed as a high-end RB2 with the upside for RB1 numbers against the Seahawks on Thursday. Peterson is expected to carry a workload similar to last week, making 30 to 35 touches within the realm of possibility. This makes him a must-play in all formats; fantasy owners should have Peterson in their lineups this week, as he has the potential to be a game-winner and leader in scoring at the position.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Could Get As Many Carries Against Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson could get as many carries against the Seahawks on Thursday night as he did against the 49ers in Week 9 when he set a record for a running back over 30 with 37 carries. This is great news for fantasy owners who placed faith in Peterson, as a 30-plus touch workload should return at least high-end RB2 value. If the game script goes the Cardinals way, Peterson could end up being an RB1 with a high chance of scoring, making him a must start this week.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Has Fantastic Week 9 Performance
Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson rushed 37 times for 159 yards to go along with eight yards on two catches against the 49ers. Peterson took over the game and delivered in a big way for fantasy owners, who should be able to rely on him as a high-volume RB2 in an offense where he is becoming the centerpiece. Peterson proved with his performance that the team trusts him with the ball and that he still has the ability to wear down defenses, even if he doesn't find the endzone. Keep Peterson in your lineups - he could be a league winner this year.
1 year ago: Cardinals Plan to Feed Adrian Peterson
The Cardinals game plan for this weekend against the 49ers is to feed running back Adrian Peterson. This is good news for fantasy owners, as it makes Peterson a high-volume RB2 with RB1 upside for the week against a suspect 49ers defense. However, without quarterback Carson Palmer, Peterson should face a stacked box often, so owners should exercise caution with their expectations this week. Regardless, Peterson should be in most lineups this weekend,
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Hopes To Bounce Back In Week 9
Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson will hope to put on a dominant performance against a suspect 49ers front seven in Week 9. Given that the Cardinals are expected to get ahead early, Peterson becomes a volume-based RB2 play as he should run down the defense in the second half of the game. Start Peterson with confidence; the team will look to him to carry the offense in the coming weeks.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Comes Crashing Back Down To Earth
Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson had 11 carries for 21 yards in the Cardinals loss this weekend. Peterson was removed from the game script after the team went down early. This may become a trend as the Cardinals have yet to fully dominate against similar opposition. Consider Peterson a borderline RB2/3 moving forward.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Set For Big Workload Again
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he would love to see running back Adrian Peterson receive 25 carries per game. At 32 years old, sustaining a pace like that for the rest of the season is unlikely for Peterson, but Arizona traded for him to be their workhorse back, and he saw 26 carries in his explosion in Week 6 against Tampa. Until he starts to break down, Peterson should be a strong RB2 with good volume, especially this weekend with Andre Ellington (quadriceps) ruled out.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Hopes To Build On Breakout Performance
After recording over 130 yards and two touchdowns in last week's game, Adrian Peterson will hope to continue his good performances against the Rams this weekend. Operating on a high-powered offense with a weak offensive line, Peterson will hopefully be able to produce and should be viewed as a borderline RB2 going into the game.
1 year ago: Stay Away From Adrian Peterson In Week 6
New Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson will likely get his first carries this weekend against the Bucs' front seven. However, Peterson has only been practicing with the team for less than a week and it might be some time before he gets on the same page as the rest of the offense. Consider Peterson a risky RB3 in standard-scoring leagues until he proves he can handle the workload and be successful. Fellow running back Andre Ellington presents a safer play given his high reception total. Ellington is a solid flex play in PPR leagues.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Will Not Play On Third Downs
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has stated that new running back Adrian Peterson will receive minimal third-down work this season. Peterson is expected to take over the majority of first- and second-down work. However, Andre Ellington is expected to continue to receive the majority of third-down work. This makes Ellington an attractive flex option in a pass-heavy offense and promotes him to high-end flex consideration (he has 24 targets in his last two weeks that he's converted to 18 receptions and 151 yards). Until Peterson proves that his poor performance for New Orleans was a fluke, he should not be started unless fantasy owners have no other options.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Listed As No.1 Running Back On Cardinals Depth Chart
Recent Arizona Cardinals acquisition and running back Adrian Peterson has been listed at the top of the team's depth chart following the release of veteran Chris Johnson. Andre Ellington will likely hold most of the third-down work and remains a decent flex option in PPR leagues despite the signing of Peterson. Peterson himself should be picked up in any leagues he is available. However, because of the Cardinals porous offensive line play and regression as an offense this season, as well as Peterson's lack of output for his previous team, owners should exercise caution and give Peterson a week or two to prove that he can be put into starting lineups.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Will Get His Chances
New Orleans Saints veteran running back Adrian Peterson has had an extremely limited role with his new team through four games of the season, rushing for 81 yards on just 27 carries and averaging only 3.0 yards per carry. He's played just 44 snaps (17 percent) of the team's 259 total offensive snaps. However, running backs coach Joel Thomas thinks Peterson has more to offer and will get his chance eventually. "It's just a matter of time," Thomas said. "I really feel like this block, it's going to break." Running back Mark Ingram leads the team with 170 yards on 42 carries, while rookie Alvin Kamara has 15 carries for 83 yards. Ingram has 15 catches for 125 yards, Kamara has 20 receptions for 147 yards and Peterson has just two grabs for four yards. So far, game flow and other circumstances have led the Saints to go away from Peterson. The bottom line is that Peterson is the third best back on this club. He's an early-down back that doesn't catch passes in a pass-happy offense. He's a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. You get the idea... Peterson may be utilized more in a specific game because of the flow, but it's unlikely he sees enough touches on a regular basis to suddenly become useful to fantasy owners. He belongs on the waiver wire.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson a Complete Non-Factor in Week 4
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson was an afterthought in the game plan for Week 4. Peterson carried the ball four times for four yards and saw no action in the passing game. Rookie Alvin Kamara earned a greater snap share and even Drew Brees carried the ball as often as AP. While one bad game in London could be easily dismissed, Peterson has yet to see double-digit carries or score a touchdown this season. At this rate, it would be surprising if he finishes the year in New Orleans, as they clearly don't need him for anything other than RB depth.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Resting Knee, Status Uncertain
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson was not at practice on Thursday after tweaking his knee the day before in practice. It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, so the day off could be chalked up to veteran rest for a minor issue. Still, the team hasn't released an official status for Peterson and won't do so until later this afternoon. Peterson had been healthy through the first three weeks, but still hasn't produced enough to warrant fantasy ownership. He has 77 rushing yards on a 3.3 average per attempt heading into Week 4. He is a bench stash at best.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Tweaks Knee In Practice
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson "tweaked his knee a little in practice" Wednesday, and he's sitting out of practice Thursday, according to a source informed of the situation. The source said Peterson's missed practice was a "mix" of the injury with taking a "veteran break." Peterson's need keeps pointing downward, and this injury won't help him get more touches in Week 4 in London against Miami. Although he had a season-high nine carries and two receptions in Week 3, the 32-year-old veteran has been the team's least effective back and could continue to lose touches to Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. There's really no reason you should be holding onto Peterson right now.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Still Second Fiddle in N.O. Backfield
New Orleans running back Adrian Peterson saw a slight uptick in carries against Carolina, but it made little difference. Peterson picked up 33 yards on the ground and four on the ground, giving him a 3.3 yards per carry average in three games as a Saint. Although Peterson has seen his rush attempt totals go up each week, there is little hope for fantasy value here as long as Mark Ingram is around. Peterson isn't getting into the end zone either, which makes him nothing more than a bench stash at best.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Doesn't See Bump in Usage or Production Week 2
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson was clamoring for a bigger role in the offense after Week 1, but he didn't get it. Peterson carried the ball eight times against the Patriots and is yet to catch a pass in two games. While it seems to be obvious to everyone other than AP that he is set to be part of a three-way timeshare for snaps, it hasn't stopped him from talking to the media about it. Coach Sean Payton was clear that his role was never set to be one of a featured back. "I don't think we've ever discussed featuring him like he was featured in Minnesota," Payton said. Peterson doesn't figure to have any real fantasy value on a weekly basis and can be left on waivers unless something changes in New Orleans.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Expecting Bigger Role, May Not Get It
New Orleans running back Adrian Peterson had a disappointing start to his tenure with the Saints, carrying the ball six times for 18 yards. Although he knew he was entering a timeshare, it still didn't meet to his expectations. "I didn't sign up for nine snaps... unfortunately that's the way the game played out," Peterson said after Thursday's loss. "I knew it would take a game or so to kind of get adjusted. So we'll see how things (go) this week." Despite his hope for a bigger role, it won't necessarily happen. The team's horrible defense and propensity to fall into pass-first mode have limited RB carries throughout the years and will especially do so with three players ready to step in and claim a share. It may take some time for AP to get going anyway, as he only played three games last season and sat out most of the preseason. There could be room to run against the Patriots this week, but if the Saints fall behind early, Peterson could also be taken out of the game script. He is a risky flex play.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Very Frustrated
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson commented on his Week 1 role against the Vikings, saying thathe "didn't sign up for nine snaps" when he joined the Saints. Peterson was out-snapped 31-26-9 by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in that order. "I didn't sign up for nine snaps, but unfortunately that's the way the game played out," Peterson said. "In my mind, I knew it was gonna take some adjusting. You know, me and Mark played in the last preseason game, AK didn't even play that game. So with all three of us being out there, I knew it would take a game or so to kind of get adjusted." This is bad news for Peterson, as this offense obviously has no interest in a running back who offers nothing in the pass game. Peterson will need the Saints to get leads so he can salt away the clock in the second half and he also figures to get some goal-line work.
1 year ago: Dalvin Cook Surpasses Adrian Peterson With Debut Performance
Rookie Dalvin Cook unseated franchise great Adrian Peterson for the most rushing yards in a professional debut. The second-rounder finished with 127 yards on 22 carries in addition to three receptions. Cook was one of the week's featured rushers as his 22 rushes ranked third to Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott. A good sign of things to come, Cook is in line for big production as a rookie.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Frustrated in Tilt Versus Former Team
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson didn't have to wait long to face the only team he had ever played for before moving to the Big Easy. In a Week 1 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson was fired up and ready to go. The problem is, he never got going. Peterson ran the ball six times for 18 yards and was held out of the end zone. The Saints opted to spread the ball evenly among their three running backs, which appeared to frustrate AP. Cameras caught him on the sideline shouting at head coach Sean Payton. While many assumed he was arguing about lack of playing time, he told the media he was simply telling Payton that the team needed to run the ball more in general. It's not a good look for the oft-troubled star RB, nor did his lack of production inspire any hope for his fantasy value this season. The Vikings were one of the tougher run defenses in the league last year, so don't read too much into this game just yet.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Set for Unfamiliar Role to Start Season
New Orleans running back Adrian Peterson is healthy and ready to go for Week 1 of the 2017 season, but he finds himself in two unfamiliar places. First, it will be his first year with the Saints and anywhere other than Minnesota. Most importantly, AP finds himself in a time-share, or running back by committee (RBBC) if you prefer. Peterson had always been the main back with the Vikings, but he is listed as a co-starter and could watch incumbent RB Mark Ingram take the first series or two on the field. "Coming here, it was something I was expecting. But actually going through it, it's like, 'OK, this is different,'" Peterson said. It could serve him well, as the 32-year old running back has 2,418 career rush attempts under his belt. It does limit his fantasy appeal and make him somewhat TD-dependent to be worth a flex spot in standard leagues. If there's a time to start him, it may be in Week 1 when he immediately faces his former team and could have extra motivation.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Sees First Preseason Game Action Since 2011
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson made a rare appearance in an exhibition game on Saturday. He didn't do anything especially impressive, carrying the ball six times for 15 yards, but it's a good sign that AP is healthy and ready for game action. He was glad for the opportunity too. "It felt good to move around, to get hit and kind of get those first reps out of the way," said Peterson. Peterson's usage is still a question, as he's set to split carries with Mark Ingram. His current fifth-round ADP in standard league may be a bit rich under current circumstances.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson Looks Sharp in Scrimmage
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson was one of the offensive bright spots in Thursday's scrimmage against the Chargers. Peterson cut inside for two nice runs, one for a touchdown. He drew praise from his former coach Norv Turner, who was there to observe his former team from San Diego. "He's such a competitive runner, and he's got such a big heart," Turner said. "And he still has a lot of ability. He's going to have a big year for them." Peterson may not get to showcase what he has left in the tank until Week 1, as it's still undecided whether he will see the field for exhibition games. His last appearance in a preseason game came back in 2011. He is currently slated to share time with Mark Ingram, which makes him an RB3 for draft purposes.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram Listed as Co-Starters on Depth Chart
Among all the overanalysis of the first preseason depth charts issued by NFL teams, the most noteworthy pertaining to the Saints comes at running back. Rather than listing one starter, New Orleans chose to put Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram as co-starters - the only team to do so. Many speculated that Ingram would get the official nod while Peterson was worked into the mix, but maybe there will be more of an even split than anticipated. Peterson hasn't wowed in camp, but he is in shape and doing well with the offense. Ingram has looked sharper than ever, especially in the passing game, although rookie Alvin Kamara will alleviate much of his workload on third downs. Ingram is still likely to gain the most carries and yards at season's end, but it could be closer than expected.
1 year ago: Adrian Peterson May Actually Appear in Preseason Games
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson usually makes a habit of not participating in exhibition games, but this year may be different. Peterson is trying to catch on with a new team and has been actively lobbying to see action in the preseason. He has been healthy so far in camp and doesn't need the reps to prove he can still run, but fitting in a different scheme is the key. "When it comes to the physical part of it, I don't think that's gonna be an issue. It's more mentally fully understanding the offense," said Peterson. Whether he winds up suiting up or not, it will likely take some time for him to adjust to his new role on a new team, while starter Mark Ingram sticks with the first-team. Peterson should be viewed as RB depth, not a fantasy starter.
2 years ago: Adrian Peterson Hopes 2017 is Better Than 2016
After leading the NFL in rushing in 2015, Adrian Peterson finished the 2016 campaign with only 72 rushing yards on only 37 carries. The future Hall of Famer started the season with a dud performance; 31 yards on 19 attempts against the Tennessee Titans Week 1 and looked to bounce back against the Green Bay Packers Week 2. But Peterson tore his meniscus and was considered shelved for the season. Peterson did make a surprise return to the field in Week 15 but was ineffective in limited work, and he did not return to action over the remaining two weeks of the season. It's too early and too difficult to tell what the future holds for AP. The veteran running back has expressed plenty of interest in again wearing a Vikings uniform for an 11th straight season, but it will be tough considering he's owed over $17 million between a bonus and next year's salary. Minnesota has until February 5 to make a decision.