It hasn’t been the ideal start to the 2016 season for Adrian Peterson. Through the first two games he has only 60 yards on the ground to show for it, while averaging an abysmal 1.7 yards per rush. It got worse in Minnesota’s Sunday Night Football victory over Green Bay as their star tailback tore his meniscus.
Been told meniscus options Adrian Peterson & #Vikings are weighing: partial repair & minimum 4 wk layup, or full repair w/ min 4 month layup
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 19, 2016
The timetable for AP’s return is up in the air as the Vikings continue to weigh their options. At the minimum it looks like he’ll be out 4 weeks. However, if Minnesota wants Peterson to make a full recovery, he’ll require surgery and could miss upwards of 10 weeks.
Assuming Peterson misses some time, Jerick McKinnon would become the feature back for the Vikings. He possesses tremendous speed and has homerun threat ability. If on the free agent market, definitely worth an add as one of week 3’s top waiver wire targets.
Another player to look at is Matt Asiata. He’s the big, power back who will likely get plenty of touches in goal line situations. He’s proven in the past to be a TD machine as he scored 10 total TDs back in 2014. Asiata could warrant a FLEX spot in deeper leagues as he’s a threat to reach paydirt in an expanded role.