Adrian Peterson Fantasy Football News 2018

The Cardinals have released RB Adrian Peterson. It was a no-brainer move, saving about $3 million against the 2018 cap. Peterson averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in 6 games with Arizona -- after averaging 3.0 in 4 appearances for the Saints. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has seemingly reached the end of his football road.

The Cardinals have placed RB Adrian Peterson on IR. We still don't have any details on his neck injury, but he never returned to practice after going down in Week 12. It ends another disappointing season that saw Peterson muster just 3.4 yards per carry across 10 games with New Orleans and Arizona. He's signed for 2018 for a little more than $1 million, but there's no guarantee the Cardinals bring him back. Peterson turns 33 in March.

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Bruce Arians admitted that he has "no idea" if Peterson will play again this season, let alone this week. Look for RB Kerwynn Williams to get another start against the Redskins.

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) is out for Sunday's game against the Titans. He remained sidelined all week and has no timetable for return. RB Kerwynn Williams gets another start after rushing for 97 yards on the Rams last week, but the matchup against Tennessee is much tougher. The Titans are allowing just 3.4 yards per carry to RBs.

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's looking like a poor bet to play this weekend. That'd leave Kerwynn Williams as the lead back -- but just a RB3 or flex option vs. a tough Titans run defense.

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) won't practice on Wednesday, HC Bruce Arians said. "We're still waiting on he and the doctors to clear him," Arians added. We still don't have any details on Peterson's injury, but fantasy owners obviously can't be counting on him in Week 14 fantasy lineups right now. RB Kerwynn Williams would get another start vs. the Titans if Peterson remains sidelined.

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) is inactive for today's game against the Rams. He didn’t practice all week, and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. Kerwynn Williams figures to serve as Arizona’s lead back today but will be playing through a rib injury. RB D.J. Foster should handle the majority of the passing-down work.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) a "long shot" to play against the Rams today. "... though the final decision will be made this morning," Rapoport adds. Peterson didn't practice all week and should be on fantasy benches now. RB Kerwynn Williams will draw the start against a Rams defense allowing 4.7 yards per carry to RBs. He figures to lose passing-down work to RB D.J. Foster, though. Consider Williams a low-end RB3/flex option.

Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson (neck) didn’t practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams. HC Bruce Arians said Friday that AP will be a game-time decision. Unfortunately, Rams-Cardinals doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET. Hopefully we get an update on his status on Sunday morning. Peterson’s absence would leave Arizona with RBs Kerwynn Williams, D.J. Foster and Elijhaa Penny.

The Saints have traded RB Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals in exchange for a conditional draft pick, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. It's been clear from the get-go that Peterson wasn't working in New Orleans. He mustered just 3.0 yards per carry on 27 attempts over the first 4 weeks. The question, of course, is how much of that was due to a bad fit in the offense and how much to the 32-year-old having little gas left in the tank. We should find out in Arizona, where Peterson will get a shot to revive a moribund running game averaging a league-worst 2.6 yards per carry. He won't get much help from a banged-up offensive line currently ranked 24th in Football Outsiders' Adjusted Line Yards. (The Saints, by comparison, are sitting 11th.) Peterson is worth adding if he was dropped in your league, but keep expectations in check.

Saints RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is not listed on the final Week 4 injury report. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said he tweaked his knee on Wednesday, but Peterson put in a full practice on Friday. The knee shouldn’t be an issue, but his workload remains one. AP is a risky RB3 or flex.

Saints RB Adrian Peterson "tweaked" his knee in Wednesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and didn't practice on Thursday. His status for Sunday morning's game against the Dolphins is uncertain. Peterson has yet to score top top 37 yards in a game this season.

ESPN's Mike Triplett calls Mark Ingram the "most impressive" RB in Saints camp so far. He's looked especially good in the passing game. Triplett projects Ingram to lead a backfield that also includes Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara in both snaps and total yards. The crowded backfield caps his upside a bit, but Ingram is still plenty capable of beating his recent RB24 price tag.

Saints LT Terron Armstead suffered a torn shoulder labrum Wednesday that will require surgery. According to ESPN, he's expected to miss 4-6 months. The short end of that span would make Armstead available in mid-October, but it's tough to imagine his upper-body strength being ready for the rigors of NFL blocking right away. New Orleans will have to approach the season as though it won't have it's star LT. That's obviously a significant blow to Drew Brees' pass protection and a challenge for the Saints' running game. We're not downgrading their fantasy prospects at this point, because New Orleans has delivered big offensive numbers for so long under Brees and HC Sean Payton. But losing Armstead adds downside risk and could be a tie-breaker if you're weighing Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson against the next guy on your fantasy football draft list.

The New Orleans Time-Picayune's Larry Holder expects the Saints to deploy a "3-headed monster" in the backfield this season. He points to the team's 2009 and 2011 backfields as blueprints. In 2009, Mike Bell led the team with 172 carries but caught just 4 balls. Pierre Thomas was next in line with 147 carries and 39 catches. Reggie Bush carried 70 times and hauled in 47 passes. In 2011, Mark Ingram was the lead ball carrier with 122 totes. He caught just 11 passes. Thomas again contributed in both facets, with 110 carries and 50 catches. Ditto with Darren Sproles, who carried 87 times and caught 86 balls. Holder pegs rookie Alvin Kamara for the Bush/Sproles pass-catching role. That'd presumably leave Ingram as Pierre Thomas as Adrian Peterson as Mike Bell/Mark Ingram. The actual touch distribution won't precisely match either of those past backfields. But the takeaway is that all 3 guys could have significant roles. That'd turn it into a fantasy football headache.

The Saints added Alvin Kamara to the backfield with the 67th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Kamara is a tough case to crack. He flashes elite burst and change-of-direction on tape and tested as an 83rd percentile athlete among RBs. But he totaled just 210 carries in 2 seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Alabama. His time at Tuscaloosa included a knee injury and a suspension for “behavioral reasons.” Kamara also suffered a sprained left LCL and meniscus this past year. He looks like a boom/bust prospect as a runner but should at least contribute in the passing game after totaling 74 catches for 683 yards (9.2 yards per catch) and 7 TDs over the last 2 years. That’ll be his only shot to make an impact in 2017 in a backfield with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Ingram is signed for just 2 more years, though, and Peterson is 32 years old. Kamara definitely has a shot to develop into the Saints’ lead back of the future, making him an intriguing dynasty pick.

The Saints and RB Adrian Peterson have agreed to terms. It's officially a 2-year, $7 million deal, but it'll play out like a 1-year contract with a team option for 2018. Peterson gets $3.5 million guaranteed this year, but none of the remaining $3.5 million is guaranteed for 2018. The contract -- and how long it took him to get 1 -- tells us how the league views AP at this point. He's a 32-year-old RB with over 2,600 career touches and a lengthy injury history. Saints insider Nick Underhill fully expects Mark Ingram to remain New Orleans' lead back, with Peterson as the backup. So he'll essentially be replacing Tim Hightower, who tallied 133 carries and 22 catches last year. Those 155 touches are a good initial projection for Peterson. He'll likely settle into RB3 range in our 2017 rankings -- albeit with TD upside. Ingram's stock takes a hit, but he could still average somewhere around the 14.6 carries per game he has over the past 3 seasons. And his pass-catching role should remain.

The Vikings announced on Tuesday that they won't exercise the 2017 option on RB Adrian Peterson's contract, making him a free agent. That option would have paid AP $18 million this year, so this was a no-brainer move. But GM Rick Spielman suggested that the team is open to bringing Peterson back at a reduced rate. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward," Spielman said. We'll see how the open market treats AP. He turns 32 in March, has amassed over 2,400 NFL carries and averaged 1.9 yards on his 37 attempts last year.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Bears. The 31-year-old finishes the season with an ugly 1.9 yards per carry across just 3 appearances. His days in Minnesota are numbered unless he agrees to a massive pay cut this offseason. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle backfield duties for the Vikings this weekend.


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