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Given Bill Belichick’s track record of plugging in veteran players, it is no surprise that Adrian Peterson and the New England Patriots have at least been linked in talks. Obviously Peterson would have to take a dramatic paycut, but as Karen Guregian mentioned in the article, he has already been heavily compensated. If a Super Bowl ring is high on Peterson’s wish list, the Pats are a nice landing spot.
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If the Patriots are going to take a gamble on Peterson, they need to be sure that it is going to work out for them.
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LeGarrette Blount ran for 1,161 yards on 3.9 yards per carry, but scored 18 touchdowns. His usage took a back seat in the Patriots’ Super Bowl run as both Dion Lewis and James White took turns as the star back. Blount finished with just 35 carries for 109 yard (3.1 ypc) with a touchdown in three playoff wins. Blount is a free agent, and could find himself too expensive for the Patriots’ tastes.
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Enter Peterson to the equation. While All Day didn’t live up to his name last year thanks to injuries limiting him to three games and ineffectiveness (1.9 yards per carry on 37 touches), let’s not forget that he ran for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns on a 4.5 ypc the year prior. Peterson has 2,418 career carries for 11,747 yards (4.9 ypc) and 97 rushing touchdowns. The blame doesn’t fall entirely on Peterson. The Vikings’ offensive line was downright offensive last year. Plus Norv Turner’s play calling left plenty to be desired.
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He will turn 32 this month, but he has had just 385 carries over the past three years because of injuries/suspension. Not to mention, there aren’t many players with his recovery ability or physique.
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Whether or not Peterson has anything left in the tank is not my concern regarding a fit with the Patriots. They would get a good sense of the shape he is in early on. Again, as long as the injuries have healed, expect Peterson to be in great shape. The major roadblock for Peterson joining the Patriots is his fumbling issues. He has fumbled 39 times during his career, losing 23. The Patriots simply do not put the ball on the ground. When they do, an immediate trip to Belichick’s doghouse ensues. The Patrtiots were middle-of-the-pack with nine fumbles last year. They tied for second with seven in 2015 and four in 2014.
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Keep an eye on this because of the fantasy football implications, but my money says Peterson will be landing elsewhere.


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The lockout drags on, but the media machine that fuels the NFL keeps churning. The latest news out of Winter Park confirms what was already expected. The Vikings are going to lean heavily on Adrian Peterson in 2011.
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Why wouldn’t they? They no longer have to appease Brett Favre so they can afford to hand the rock to arguable the most physically gifted running back in the league time and time again. While the Vikings may eventually bring in a veteran quarterback, right now it’s a fight between rookie Christian Ponder and second-year Joe Webb.
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In a recent interview Bill Musgrave was quoted as saying “We’ll major in giving the ball to Adrian, and we’ll need a quarterback that can keep defenses honest and can have a little bit of movement to himself. Not just be a statue back there because with the pieces that are in place we won’t be just a drop-back, stay-in-the-pocket type team. We’re going to really attack the defense on the edges both with Adrian and also our quarterback.”
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Both Ponder and Webb have good mobility so don’t read into that statement in hopes of a hint as to who will line up under center in Week 1.
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While All Day will get plenty of carries this year, don’t count Toby Gerhart out. He will certainly be in the mix for the Purple as well.
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Chad Ochocino is no dummy. If he wants to remain in the spotlight he has to perform on the field. The last time he had a down year he responded with a 72 catch, 1047 yard, nine touchdown season. Now we just have to figure out where he’ll call home next year because he probably won’t return to the Bengals.

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Roster
QB1:  Tom Brady
RB1:  Adrian Peterson
RB2:  Michael Turner
WR1:  Dwayne Bowe
WR2:  Brandon Marshall
Flex:  Percy Harvin
Bench: Marshawn Lynch
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Marshawn Lynch had some moments last year, and his playoff run against the Saints was epic. He’s the starter and should get the carries at the stripe. He’ll make an adequate RB3 in the seventh round.

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Roster
QB1:  Tom Brady
RB1:  Adrian Peterson
RB2:  Michael Turner
RB3:  Marshawn Lynch
WR1:  Dwayne Bowe
WR2:  Brandon Marshall
Flex:  Percy Harvin


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The Vikings have already said they want to get Percy Harvin more involved in the offense next year. As long as he can overcome injuries and migraines, he should be a solid WR3.
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Roster
QB1:  Tom Brady
RB1:  Adrian Peterson
RB2:  Michael Turner
WR1:  Dwayne Bowe
WR2:  Brandon Marshall
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Tom Brady throwing
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In the fifth round (50th overall) I went with Tom Brady. Philip Rivers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning all went in the third round. In my mind Tom Brady is right there with that trio so getting him in the fifth round is an excellent value.
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Roster
QB1:  Tom Brady
RB1:  Adrian Peterson
RB:  Michael Turner
WR1:  Dwayne Bowe
WR2:  Brandon Marshall


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In the fourth round (47th overall) I opted for Brandon Marshall.   He had a strong finish to a would be forgettable 2010 season. He regressed in Miami, but still finished with 86 catches for 1014 yards. The Dolphins will look to upgrade at quarterback when the lockout is lifted. Either way he makes for a solid WR2 in PPR leagues.
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Roster
RB1:  Adrian Peterson
RB:  Michael Turner
WR1:  Dwayne Bowe
WR2:  Brandon Marshall

Dwayne Bowe catch
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In the third round (pick #26 overall) I continued my trend of double-digit touchdown fantasy players for squad. I am looking somewhere over Dwayne Bowe. Jonathan Baldwin should help draw some attention away from the beastly Bowe. Conditioning could be a issue with Bowe as the lockout drags on, but he’s in a contract year so he has millions of dollars on the line to stay in good shape.
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Roster
RB1:  Adrian Peterson
RB:  Michael Turner
WR1:  Dwayne Bowe

Michael Turner running
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In the second round (pick #23 overall) I solidified my backfield with Michael Turner.  With three straight double-digit touchdown seasons, as well as averaging over 1300 yards over that span, Burner is too good to overlook here, even in a PPR league. He’s 29, but he’s has less wear on his tires thanks to his days backing up LT in San Diego.
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Roster
RB1:  Adrian Peterson
RB:  Michael Turner

Adrian Peterson
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I had the second overall pick. Arian Foster was off the board so I decided to go with Adrian Peterson. He has been a model of consistency his entire career, and with a rookie quarterback likely taking the bulk of the snaps, Peterson should be the focal point of the offense. I expect another spectacular year from #28.
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Roster
RB1:  Adrian Peterson


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