Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson dealt with a minor finger injury this week, but was fully expected to play in the team’s week seven contest against the Detroit Lions. While the finger isn’t a problem, a recent illness just might be.
Per reports, Peterson has been officially downgrade to questionable by the team, as he’s dealing with an illness. There is no word on the exact illness, but the downgrade in Peterson’s status suggests it is serious enough that it could potentially keep him out or limit him against the Lions. While Peterson is still more likely to play than not, he could end up being limited on Sunday. If Peterson is limited or sidelined this week, the Vikings would turn to backups Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata for bigger roles.
The second I saw this I thought: Matt Asiata – three touchdown game. It seems Asiata goes nuts every time he gets the opportunity, while Minnesota would naturally tend to rely on him over the raw McKinnon just because he’s more fundamentally sound and easier to trust. While Peterson isn’t to be given up on just yet in fantasy football leagues, this is definitely a situation to monitor. If Peterson indeed sits out of week seven, both Asiata and McKinnon would be worth considering against a suspect Lions defense, while Asiata’s weird blow up history could even make him a killer contrarian sleeper in daily fantasy leagues.