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Adrian Peterson RB - ARI

Experience: 10 YRS   Height: 6'1"   Weight: 217  Bye: 8
Proj Pts.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Injury Predictor

Peterson tore the meniscus in his right knee in September of 2016. He returned to play just 1 more game (Week 15) before his season ended with knee and groin injuries. This year, the 32-year old will play backup to Mark Ingram in New Orleans. That should minimize his injury risk.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
1.90 3.8% 46.1%
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Date Injury Analysis
Dec 18, 2016 Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Peterson suffered a groin strain agains the Colts constraining him from playing in the next 2 games.
Sep 18, 2016 Knee Meniscus Tear Peterson hurt his knee during Week 2 game. He was carted off the field and it was later diagnosed as a torn meniscus, earning him a spot on the IR.
Dec 10, 2015 Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Peterson was unaffected after rolling his ankle early in the game against the Cardinals.
Dec 22, 2013 Pedal Foot Sprain In Week 16, Peterson reinjured his foot and missed the following week's action.
Dec 8, 2013 Pedal Foot Sprain Peterson suffered a foot strain late in the season forcing him to miss a game.
Mar 1, 2013 Inguinal Groin Tear Grade 3 Peterson sustained a torn groin during the offseason but recovered by OTA's.
Aug 9, 2012 Knee ACL Sprain Grade 2 This was a hangover from Week 16 when he blew out his ACL and missed 4 preseason games.
Dec 24, 2011 Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 In Week 16, Peterson sustained a torn ACL placing him on the IR for the remainder of the season.
Nov 20, 2011 Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Peterson was sidelined in the 4th quarter after he suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain and returned 5 weeks later.
Dec 13, 2010 Thigh Glute Strain Peterson sustained a thigh strain against the giants and was sidelined for the next week's action.
Nov 28, 2010 Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Peterson hobbled off the field favoring his right ankle and later returned with it all taped up, he was benched the following game because of an ankle sprain.
Aug 3, 2010 Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 In the beginning of the preseason, Peterson suffered a hamstring strain earning him a spot on the bench for one preseason game.
Aug 3, 2010 Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 In the beginning of the preseason, Peterson suffered a hamstring strain earning him a spot on the bench for one preseason game.
Nov 11, 2007 Knee ICL Tear Grade 3 In his game against the Packers, Peterson was carted off before half time and was diagnosed with a torn LCL, sidelining him for the following two weeks.

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