Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
|RB - #1||MIN||Out||8 years||28||6'1||217||@AdrianPeterson|
2013 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-21-2013 by Rob Warner
What can Purple Jesus do for an encore after he miraculously came back from ACL/MCL surgeries and fell just 9 yards short of Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record (AD finished with 2,097 yards on 31 fewer carries than Dickerson)? His seven games of 150+ yards tied Earl Campbell. He seemed to get stronger as the season wore on totaling 1,598 yards over the final 10 games and finished as #1 fantasy RB with eye popping 6.03 yards per carry and 13 total touchdowns. Not surprisingly, he was awarded the MVP and finished 2nd to Peyton Manning for Comeback Player of the Year. The 7th overall pick of the 2007 draft out of Oklahoma has averaged 293 carries for 1,476 yards (99 YPG) over his first 7 seasons and at age 28 shows no signs of wearing down. AD has amassed 78 total TDs and in 2012 he became a bigger factor in the passing game, hauling in 40 receptions for 217 yards. Unless you own the #1 pick in your draft, you won't be getting Peterson on your team this season. AP's goal for 2013 is to top 2,500 yards - which seems crazy until you consider that he is a genetic freak.
The likelihood of the VIkings granting star running back Adrian Peterson's wish and signing quarterback Michael Vick just lessened, as Minnesota re-signed QB Matt Cassel late Friday. The deal is for two years and is worth a reported $10 million. With that move, it's unlikely the Vikings would bring in a third QB to compete for their starting job.
Cassel was the Vikings most effective quarterback in 2013. But, that's not really saying a whole lot. He played in nine games, starting six, amassing 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also throwing nine interceptions. Their quarterback play was probably the biggest factor in their disappointing 5-10-1 season.Fantasy Analysis:
Heading into the 2014 fantasy season, there are a handful of things that will be on my "avoid-at-all-costs" list. The Vikings quarterback situation is one of them.
The team used three different starters in 2013; Cassel, Christian Ponder, and Josh Freeman. None of them set the world on fire, and two of them will be back in 2013. With Vick being the unanimous best option in the upcoming free agent signing period, there was a glimmer of optimism after Peterson tweeted his desire to bring Vick aboard. That glimmer is now gone with the team handing $5 million/year to Cassel.
It sounds like the team is not giving up on their 2011 first round (#12 overall) pick, Ponder. By re-signing Cassel, a 10 year veteran, the team has shown that they feel a Ponder/Cassel combo at the position is good enough to help the team get back to the playoffs. After making it to the postseason in 2012, the Vikings digressed in 2013 with their 5-10-1 record.
WIth this news coming only a day after Peterson's pro-Vick tweet, let's hope the Vikings know what they're doing, because an unhappy star is the last thing any team wants. Monitor the play of Cassel and Ponder in the pre-season and approachWR Cordarrelle Patterson with caution. He's a stud-in-the-making, but a bad QB could definitely de-value the young speedster.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/8 - Following AP's vote for Vick, Vikings re-sign QB Cassel
3/6 - Vick and Peterson in the Vikings backfield?
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|1.01||FFToolbox - Jeb Gorham - After AP's comeback and great performances last season he had to go first. He is the one standout RB before you get to the next group - Foster, Martin, Rice and I have to agree with Ben on Charles.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|1.03||Gridiron Experts - I figured I'd choose between Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster here, but was pleasantly surprised to have the consensus #1 guy in the land be available.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|1.01||FantasyTaz - Some are trying to be cute and predict someone passes ADP this year and while it may happen there is just no way I can pick anyone else at #1. Peterson showed that he is a special kind of talent, especially when you consider he had just come back off a major injury, plus he played through several other injuries during the season that would have sent many lessor RBs to the training table.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|1.02||Rotoexperts - Tony|
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