Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
|RB - #5||7.97||MIN||Probable||8 years||29||6'1||217||@AdrianPeterson|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-23-2014 by Rob Warner
ALL DAY, EVERY DAY: The Vikings led the league with 23 rushing touchdowns in 2013 – led by Adrian Peterson's 10 rushing scores. Purple Jesus averaged 90 yards per game and posted his seventh straight season of double digit touchdowns. The seventh overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft wasn't able to approach 2,000 yards like he did in 2012 (finished with 1,266 yards in 14 games). The soon-to-be 29-year-old can hear the clock ticking on his career and rumors have surfaced that he could ask out if the Vikings don't right the ship at quarterback. Peterson is owed $13 million in 2015, but it would be unthinkable for the Vikings to entertain trade offers unless they decide to go into major rebuilding mode (unlikely as they look to build momentum for the opening of their new stadium in 2016).
Editor's note: Peterson is still a Top 3 pick in redraft (check out this FFToolbox article detailing your options in that range). All those same concerns are there, such as a lack of other proven weapons and a weak passing attack. The former Oklahoma Sooner should not fall far in any draft in any format.
What does a team gain by exposing a veteran workhorse running back to punishing contact in exhibition games? If you're the VIkings or 49ers, it appears the answer is nothing.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Monday that he has "nothing to see" from Adrian Peterson in preseason games. He said Peterson may get a carry or two if he really wants them, but the team may just hold him out until September.
Zimmer's statement comes a day after ESPN's Bill Williamson wrote that Frank Gore is unlikely to suit up for San Francisco's preseason action. Given the 49ers' recent injuries at running back with Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, they don't want to risk one to their leading man.
Thus, Carlos Hyde and Matt Asiata better prepare to get a long look in August.
Peterson hasn't taken a preseason carry since 2011. Gore has seen four in each of the past two years. Both have been fine for fantasy owners (Peterson has been a little more so). This is the smart, obvious move for two coaches looking to limit the amount of wear and tear on the legs of their star player. Peterson remains a top-three fantasy pick. Gore's value is a little more complicated given his age (31) and Hyde's presumed immediate impact. Gore wants to carry a heavier burden this season, but he probably won't get it. He's more of a low-end RB2.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/28 - Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, 49ers RB Frank Gore unlikely to play in preseason
7/28 - RB Adrian Peterson says Vikings' offense won't be as predictable
7/27 - Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater already getting first-team reps
7/17 - Vikings intend to use RB Adrian Peterson differently this season
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|1.01||FFToolbox - Jeb Gorham - After AP's comeback and great performances last season he had to go first. He is the one standout RB before you get to the next group - Foster, Martin, Rice and I have to agree with Ben on Charles.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|1.03||Gridiron Experts - I figured I'd choose between Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster here, but was pleasantly surprised to have the consensus #1 guy in the land be available.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|1.01||FantasyTaz - Some are trying to be cute and predict someone passes ADP this year and while it may happen there is just no way I can pick anyone else at #1. Peterson showed that he is a special kind of talent, especially when you consider he had just come back off a major injury, plus he played through several other injuries during the season that would have sent many lessor RBs to the training table.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|1.02||Rotoexperts - Tony|
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