In what is quickly turning into one of the biggest headlines in recent NFL history, even with the Ray Rice situation, the Adrian Peterson saga is getting more media attention day by day. For those who live under a rock and do not know the background story, here it is. Last week, Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges “stemming from an incident in which Peterson allegedly caused cuts to his 4-year-old son’s legs while spanking him with a switch.” Peterson turned himself in and was deactivated for the Vikings Week 2 matchup against the Patriots. Because Adrian Peterson is just so good, the Vikings decided to use the due process excuse to reinstate Peterson for Week 3’s game. The following day, reports surfaced that Peterson was now being investigated for a possible second child abuse case, which his lawyer denied.
Due to the public backlash the Vikings had been receiving, they reversed their reinstatement decision and placed him on the NFL’s exempt/commissioner’s permission list, meaning he will not come back and play until the legal issue is resolved. The Vikings have no plans of releasing the star running back, but it is anyone’s guess as to whether or not he sees another snap this season. “ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio considers it unlikely that Adrian Peterson will ever play for the Vikings again.”
Matt Asiata, the Vikings back up running back did a good job against the Patriots from a fantasy perspective, reeling in a 25 yard touchdown catch. But besides the catch, it was clear to see that Asiata lacks the talent to become a legit fantasy asset and post consistent numbers. The third string running back, Jerick McKinnon seems to be the more talented back and if this legal matter drags on, McKinnon is the safer play long term for fantasy owners.