Adrian Peterson Fantasy Football News 2020

A member of Jacksonville's practice squad tested positive for COVID on Friday night, the team announced. The Jaguars are still planning on playing vs. the Lions on Sunday, but the situation obviously bears monitoring over the next 24 hours.

Adrian Peterson easily led the Detroit backfield in the opening loss to Chicago, doubling up #2 Kerryon Johnson in carries, rushing for 71 more yards than the combined total for Johnson and D'Andre Swift and even leading the trio in receiving yards (21 on 3 catches). But that doesn't necessarily mean he's the lead back going forward. “Obviously you start getting the guy with the hot hand, and Adrian was running really well in that last game, so he got a few more carries in there as well," OC Darrell Bevell told the Detroit Free Press. "So we’ll kind of continue to go in that area. We really like all three of those guys, but we’re going to try to — I always say, we’re going to try to put them in the best spots to help them be successful. They all bring a little bit different pieces to the puzzle. There was some situational football in there that elevated some guys’ snaps — so just the way we’re using them. I think we can continue to see that rotation a little bit.” This could be a frustrating fantasy situation as we continue to see which situations favor which of the 3 Detroit backs -- as well as who might be the "hot hand" on a given day. For Week 2, we have to treat Peterson as the likeliest carry/touch leader.

Lions D’Andre Swift (hip) isn’t listed on the final Week 1 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. The rookie will make his NFL debut against the Bears this weekend — but it’s completely uncertain how much work he’ll get alongside Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

RB Adrian Peterson is joining the Lions on a 1-year deal, according to multiple reports. "I know coach [Darell] Bevell from my days in Minnesota," Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better." Peterson further complicates an already crowded backfield. He looks like the best bet for goal-line work, which would sap fantasy upside from D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. We're not interested in drafting Peterson. Frankly, we already weren't chasing too hard after Swift or Johnson either. This looks like a frustrating fantasy backfield for 2020.

Washington has released RB Adrian Peterson. It’s a surprising move after the future Hall-of-Famer ran with the 1st-team offense all summer. Running alongside Peterson with the starters was rookie Antonio Gibson, who now looks like the clear favorite to lead Washington’s RBs in touches this season. Peterson’s release also makes RB Bryce Love a more intriguing late-round fantasy pick. Check out the updated projections for Washington's backfield.

The Athletic's Ben Standig writes that Washington RB Bryce Love "isn’t a threat for work initially." Love's camp got off to a buzzy start, but he's been quiet lately. "He is still shaking off the rust after not practicing since suffering a torn ACL at Stanford in Dec. 2018," Standig writes. He projects Adrian Peterson, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic to start the season ahead of Love on the depth chart. We remain intrigued by Love's talent in a still-unsettled Washington backfield. But he's just a bench stash in deep fantasy leagues and a waiver-wire watch-list guy in shallower setups.

RBs Adrian Peterson and Antonio Gibson appear to be atop Washington's depth chart right now. According to Kyle Stackpole of the team's official site, Peterson has been the starter in camp so far, with Gibson also receiving a "fair amount of 1st-team reps." RBs Bryce Love and Peyton Barber have worked primarily with the 2nd and 3rd teams. This remains a fluid situation, but Peterson and Gibson should be the first 2 Washington RBs off the board in fantasy drafts. Love is a worthwhile late-round flier.

Washington HC Ron Rivera has been encouraged by what he's seen from RB Bryce Love early in training camp. "He's a guy that's multi-dimensional," Rivera said. "At Stanford, he didn't have to do a lot of routes and pass catching, but he's very capable and we're getting to see that. This is a guy that could be an every-down back for you. He's an explosive, dynamic player." Love missed his entire 2019 rookie season recovering from a torn ACL suffered in his final college game. He's no stranger to big workloads, though, carrying 263 times for 2,118 yards and 19 scores in 2017. His rushing numbers took a step back in 2018, but he caught a career-high 20 passes. A few Washington reporters have noted that Love appears to be 2nd on the RB depth chart right now -- behind Adrian Peterson but ahead of rookie Antonio Gibson. The situation certainly bears monitoring over the next few weeks.

Police arrested RB Derrius Guice on Friday afternoon on domestic violence-related charges. According to The Washington Post, Guice faces 1 count of strangulation (a felony), 3 counts of assault and battery and 1 count of destruction of property. Washington swiftly announced that it had released Guice. Unless these charges somehow prove to be baseless, don't expect Guice to be on a roster for the coming NFL season. Adrian Peterson now looks like the lead ball-carrier for Washington, with Antonio Gibson, Bryce Love, Peyton Barber as his current competition. We'll see if the team adds a free agent (*cough* Devonta Freeman *cough*).

The Redskins added RB Antonio Gibson in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here’s 1 of the biggest wild cards in this year’s draft. Gibson spent his first 2 college seasons at East Central Community College before transferring to Memphis. He tallied just 6 touches in his first year with the Tigers before breaking out as an offensive weapon this past season. Gibson caught 38 balls for 735 yards (19.3 YPC) and 8 TDs, while adding 369 yards and 2 scores on 33 carries (11.2 YPC). He also averaged a big 28.0 yards with 1 TD on 23 kick returns, earning Conference USA Co-Special Teams Player of the Year honors. Per Pro Football Focus, Gibson broke a ridiculous 33 tackles on his 71 offensive touches this past season. Then he went to the Combine and blazed a 4.39-second 40 time at 6’0 and 228 pounds and earned an 83rd percentile SPARQ score. We think Gibson would work best at RB — and that’s where he was announced when Washington picked him. Of course, this is a crowded backfield with Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson.

The Redskins have exercised RB Adrian Peterson's 2020 option, which will pay him $2.25 million in 2020. The future Hall-of-Famer averaged 4.3 yards per carry while leading Washington with 211 carries and 899 rushing yards last year. A healthy Derrius Guice figures to lead the 2020 Redskins backfield -- but Peterson is strong veteran insurance.

Washington HC Bill Callahan said Monday that RB Derrius Guice will not play against the Eagles in Week 15, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's no surprise after Guice sprained a knee ligament in Sunday's loss to the Packers. We'll see if the team brings him back over the final 2 weeks. Adrian Peterson isn't an exciting option against a tough Philly run D, but he should be in for a full rushing workload. That alone makes him a low-end RB2 candidate for fantasy.

Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (toe) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He finished 3rd among Washington RBs in snaps last week and is a weak fantasy option. RB Chris Thompson (toe) is inactive, giving Wendell Smallwood another game in a passing-down role.

 
 
 

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