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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 Eagles have released QB Chase Daniel. Signed to a 3-year, $21 million deal last offseason, Daniel attempted exactly 1 pass in his illustrious Philly career. He figures to land a backup job elsewhere relatively soon. The Eagles, meanwhile, brought back QB Nick Foles on a 2-year, $11 million deal to back up Carson Wentz.

ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that WR Ted Ginn has reached a deal with the Saints. Ginn enjoyed his 2 most productive fantasy seasons over the past 2 years after returning to the Panthers. He has also posted his 3 largest season TD totals with Carolina, while struggling for even mild relevance elsewhere. Ginn will turn 32 in April and likely isn't headed for big target volume in New Orleans. But if the Saints finalize a Brandin Cooks trade, then more targets will come available. And it's hard to find a more efficient spot than catching passes from Drew Brees. Playing in New Orleans will make Ginn more relevant to fantasy football owners than just about any other spot. He'll belong in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts, though. We'll see how all the pieces settle around him.

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.

Saints LBs Craig Robertson (shoulder) and Dannell Ellerbe (foot) are active for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Both have played through "questionable" tags in multiple weeks and are OK for normal use but low-floor IDP options.

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.

Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe (foot) and LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Buccaneers. Both entered the weekend questionable but should be fine to use if you had planned to do so.

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.

Saints LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Cardinals. He's fine to get back into IDP lineups after a game away.

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 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.

Saints LB Craig Robertson (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after missing last week's loss in Tampa. We'll update his status Sunday.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) put in a full practice on Friday and is not listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. We don’t know how much he’ll see of CB Patrick Peterson, leaving the rookie as a risk/reward WR2.

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.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot) was limited in practice on Wednesday. He only put in a limited workout on Friday last week before missing the Bucs game. It looks like he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Cardinals, but we'll get another update on his progress tomorrow.

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.

With Michael Thomas out, WR Willie Snead led the Saints in catches (6) and yards (85). He added 8 targets — his most since Week 8 — in a favorable individual matchup out of the slot. With Patrick Peterson likely to see Thomas and Brandin Cooks next week, Snead could handle another 7-8+ targets. He’s on the WR3 radar vs. Arizona.

Saints RB Mark Ingram played through toe and knee injuries against the Bucs and saw just 8 touches (7 carries, 1 catch). Tim Hightower, meanwhile, matched him in targets (2) and saw just 1 fewer rush (6). Ingram managed just 14 yards on the ground and 9 more through the air. In such a messy backfield — and with the Saints offense in a funk — Ingram will be tough to sell as even an RB2 vs. Arizona.


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