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.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Packers. It sounds like the groin is a bigger issue than the knee. So Minnesota will again turn to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in the backfield. McKinnon has quietly caught 23 balls over his last 4 games and is a RB3 or flex option in PPR leagues.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) didn't practice on Wednesday and admitted afterward that he's uncertain for Saturday's game against the Packers. "I'm taking it day by day," he said. AP managed just 23 yards on 7 touches in his return last weekend. He's now averaging 1.9 yards per carry for the season. Minnesota's offense is better without Peterson right now. Jerick McKinnon will be in the RB3 mix if AP doesn't play on Saturday.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is officially active for today’s game against the Colts. He’s back exactly 3 months after tearing his meniscus. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that AP won’t be on a snap count but won’t be run into the ground. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said it’ll be a “3-RB rotation” with AP, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Peterson is no better than a RB3 or flex for Week 15.
The Vikings don't have a snap count for RB Adrian Peterson today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "They just don’t want to run him into the ground his 1st game back," Rapoport adds. Peterson -- as machine-like as he seems -- is a 31-year-old RB who's been out since mid-September. Expect him to work in a rotation with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. We're projecting Peterson for 10-12 touches.
Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle, illness) will play against the Colts today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Will work into three-RB rotation," Schefter adds. We'd bet on Jerick McKinnon and Adrian Peterson seeing more action that Asiata. He shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has been activated from IR. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Colts after tearing his meniscus back in Week 2. AP reportedly looked good in practice this week, but ESPN's Ben Goessling confirms that he's expected to be "worked in slowly." Peterson is no better than a RB3 flier for Week 15 -- and we'd prefer not to use him in fantasy lineups.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said in a Friday radio appearance that he'll play against the Colts this weekend. He returned to practice this week but had previously said that he was targeting a Week 16 return. We haven't yet heard from the Vikings, who would need to make a roster move to activate Peterson. Sidelined since tearing his meniscus back in Week 2, AP would likely return to a limited role. Throw in the fact that he averaged just 1.6 yards per carry behind a bad offensive line before going down, and it's tough to consider him more than a flier in Week 15 lineups.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) plans to return to practice this week and then play against the Packers in Week 16. “I plan on practicing this week to really get my legs under me and get a good feel on where I’m at,” AP said in a radio appearance on Monday. “So, this week is going to be big for me. My plan, and my vision, is to be back for the Green Bay game. That’s what I’m envisioning. Of course, the perfect scenario would be we win out and I’m able to rest up for three weeks, and be ready for the playoffs. That’s the perfect scenario. But I’ll be out there this week practicing, and I’ll go from there.” The Vikings' doctors figure to have a say in when Peterson gets back on the field. We'll continue to track his progress but remain skeptical of him as a fantasy option. He'd be tough to trust in his 1st action since Week 2 behind a still-struggling offensive line.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has been cleared to run and was spotted doing sprints off to the side of practice on Tuesday, according to insider Matt Vensel. HC Mike Zimmer later said that Peterson is "probably ahead of schedule" in his rehab. Vensel adds, though, that AP's "return is still not immediately imminent." He'll likely need at least a week of practice before returning to game action. Week 15 seems like the best-case scenario.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's recovery from a torn meniscus has gone smoothly, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. AP has not yet been cleared to run on solid ground, but he has been running on 30% of his bodyweight on an underwater treadmill. There's still no target date for his return to game action, though. Rapoport suggests that Week 16 is the earliest we'll see Peterson. He'd be a risky fantasy play in his 1st game back, especially against a solid Packers run defense.
Pro Football Talk reports that the Vikings believe RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has a chance to return at some point in December. That'd put him back sometime between Weeks 13 and 16. The last timetable we heard for Peterson after his surgery had late December as his earliest potential return -- although he does have a history of returning sooner than expected. Peterson is worth stashing now if you have an open roster spot, but don't expect him to save your season. He was ineffective before the injury and will return to what might be an even worse offensive line.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has decided to undergo surgery to repair his torn meniscus, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. He's expected to be sidelined at least 3-4 months and maybe as many as 6. Even the short end of that timetable would keep him out until late December. Minnesota's Week 15 game is on December 8; Week 16 on December 24. The Vikings might place Peterson on IR with the designated-to-return tag, but he'll very likely miss the rest of the fantasy football season. Go ahead and drop Peterson from rosters. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle backfield duties for as long as AP is out. Insider Matt Vensel expects a 65-35 split in favor of McKinnon.
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