The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the biggest surprise teams in the NFL this season. An even bigger surprise has been the play of RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson suffered a devastating knee injury last season and wasn’t expected to be ready for the start of this season. Not only was he ready to play, but he has amazed the NFL world with the level at which he’s been able to return to the field this year. However, after battling a nagging ankle injury, Peterson was held out of practice on Tuesday.
The Vikings have a short week, hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.
This move should come as no surprise to many. This is simply a precautionary move by the Vikings to give Peterson some rest on a very short week. The University of Oklahoma product is coming off his best effort of the season, rushing for 153 yards on 23 carries last week against the Arizona Cardinals. He has totaled an amazing 652 rushing yards this season, just 7 yards behind the league leading RB Arian Foster of the Houston Texans.
Fantasy Implications this week- If you have Peterson, he’s a must start every week. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been surprisingly tough against the run this season, ranking third in the league. Peterson gashed the Buccaneers last season for 120 yards and two scores, but this is a different defensive unit. I will not be surprised to see Peterson held to under 100 yards Thursday night.