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NEWS: Adrian Peterson could be arrested?

SMITTY: It looks like Peterson is facing possible arrest for violating the terms of his bond “due to an admission that he smoked marijuana.” He reportedly told a court employee that he “smoked a little weed” before providing a sample on Wednesday, and “prosecutors have requested that Peterson’s bond be rescinded, and that he be arrested.” Wow is all we can say. The running back has a trial in December.

NEWS: Teddy Bridgewater availability to be decided game-time; Eddie Lacy to lose carries or thrive?

SMITTY: It sounds like Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) wants to play and the Vikes will just play it safe right up until about 90 minutes before kickoff. Anything can happen in warm-ups, so be sure to stay all over our news and Smart Alerts, but our early guess is that Bridgewater will make a strong push to get onto the field tonight against the Packers. If the QB can’t play, the team will try to run the ball a ton, but if the game gets out of hand, that plan could collapse by the second quarter. Jarius Wright is a much better play with Bridgewater in the line-up, as proven by his monster Week 4 under Bridgewater’s command. As for Eddie Lacy, one report (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) is suggesting we could see more James Starks tonight in Week 5. Sure, this could be the case, but the Pack could also get out to an early lead, in which we’d also expect to see a lot of Starks. Lacy is a boom or bust player at this point; he is the definition of a boom or bust buy-low candidate. If he continues to struggle, he could turn into one of the bigger busts of 2014. If he bounces back, those that bought low could win leagues. This week could determine a lot for Lacy owners, good or bad. The same could be said for Cordarrelle Patterson, who we have pegged as a great buy-low this week. That said, it’s entirely possible his breakout season doesn’t unfold until next year, which is why it’s a boom or bust move to buy-low on CP right now. However, if you truly buy-low, risk is minimized, so be certain to offer the right deals (use our Trade Analyzer!). Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) held out of Tuesday practice?

SMITTY: It’s a short week for Bridgewater and the Vikes, as they face off against the Packers this Thursday night. Wednesday’s walkthrough will be telling, but this could be a game-time/warm-up type of call. Without Bridgewater, though, you have to think that the Packers will get out to an early lead, which won’t be good for Matt Asiata or Jerick McKinnon. It also downgrades Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson quite a bit if Christian Ponder is in the line-up instead of the talented rising star. Stay tuned! Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peterson (out indefinitely); Vikings intended to bring him back once legal case is resolved?

SMITTY: While it’s entirely possible that never plays in the NFL again, keep in mind that he is a first-time offender and his court hearing is October 8th. We can only speculate at this point what will happen, but as we posted early this morning when we broke the news on Peterson being placed on the NFL’s exempt/commissioner’s permission list, the window for trading Peterson away is closed. That window was open for just a short period of time, as Peterson looked likely to play Week 3, and we were pushing for owners to test those trade waters fast. Looking for how this affects our Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peteson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioners Permission List.

SMITTY: And there you have it, the window for trading away Adrian Peterson is gone. AP is required to stay away from the team, and there is no mandatory amount of time one can or cannot stay on this list according to the rotoworld report, which also suggested that AP would remain on the list until the legal proceedings were resolved. Matt Asiata is the starter for Week 3 and maybe a lot longer, with Jerick McKinnon likely to get his shot in the coming weeks. Looking for how this shakes up our Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Adrian Peterson reinstated and will play Week 3.

According to numerous reports, the Vikings have reinstated RB Adrian Peterson and he is expected to play Week 3 against the Saints.

SMITTY: The Vikes are reportedly pointing to ‘due process’ in regards to the indictment and charges of reckless/negligent injury to a child. Don’t be surprised if the NFL takes action if the Vikings won’t. I’m not suggesting that Roger Goodell will, but it’s certainly a possibility. Stay tuned, I’m sure we will be reporting on this at least a couple more times today – at least. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts in order to get real-time updates on this matter.

NEWS: Adrian Peterson to face more punishment by Vikings or NFL on Monday; Is McKinnon the solution for AP owners?

According to startribune.com, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (deactivated for Week 2) is likely to to face more action by either the NFL or Vikings on Monday.

SMITTY: I know everyone wants to know ‘what’ the action will be, but we can only speculate at this point. What is my speculation? My thinking here is that if the NFL hands Adrian Peterson anything less than what Ray Rice was handed, which is a year-long ban, it’s going to put the NFL in a situation where it appears they are suggesting that one form of abuse is worse or more accepting than the other. I am not suggesting that the NFL feels this way, just that not handing Peterson a year-long ban with an indefinite suspension will have too many up in arms. Again, this is all speculation on my part at this point, but I think AP owners better prepare for the worst here. Anything can happen, though, and that’s why both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata need to be picked up in most all larger leagues (and especially if you are an AP owner). Who will be the main man if Peterson is out for the long-term? My early guess, and this is early, is that Asiata, due to experience, will start off carrying the load, but McKinnon was drafted with the intention of evaluating his fit in the offense for the long-term. He is a freakish athlete that, according to rotoworld, scored a 147.5 on the SPARQ, which is one of the highest scores among all running backs over the last 16 years. SPARQ was developed by Nike and scores athleticism, and Calvin Johnson types are in the 140-150+ range. No, I am not saying he is a lock to be anything close to the next elite rusher in the NFL, but his athleticism cannot be overlooked, and that makes him clearly the better long-term option in this situation (with Asiata being possibly the best Week 2 solution). Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for when new news on this breaks!

NEWS: Adrian Peterson indicted for child abuse; Week 2 status, and more, in doubt.

According to TMZ, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse and his Week 2 status, if not more, is in doubt.

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SMITTY: This right here is from Ian Rapoport… From a fantasy perspective, it’s tough to say if Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata would get the carries should Peterson miss time — But, you have to think Cordarrelle Patterson gets more carries in such a situation. That’s huge.

SMITTY: Wow. This league continues to face one bad story after another, and it’s tough to know what’s what with this situation, but it does not look good for Adrian Peterson or his fantasy owners. Sources are basically connecting Peterson to the alleged victim (an 11-year-old boy) reporting that the boy returned home with injuries after visiting with Peterson, at which point the child was taken to the doctor. Child Protective Services has confirmed that they are working on the case. Peterson missed practice on Thursday, and the team confirmed he was not injured — he was back at practice today and Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that Peterson projected nothing being wrong at practice and even reported that he was laughing and joking at the team facility. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that Peterson will now have to turn himself in to Texas authorities, and that makes his Week 2 status cloudy. Look, we need more info before we completely jump to conclusions here, but none of this is good news. If he starts looking more questionable for Week 2, and it sounds like we’re headed down that path, look for it to rock our Week 2 Power Rankings? We just sent out a Smart Alert as to what specific Adrian Peterson owners should immediately do.

Article: 2014 Rookie Rankings & Analysis

smitty staffIt’s late July, so it’s time to reevaluate the 2014 Fantasy Football Rookies. Below is a one-player taste of our Premium 2014 Rookie Rankings with Analysis, so if you aren’t a 2014 STARTERS Subscriber, get access right after you read this sample (who is #5 on our Rookie Rankings)… after you read this, there are 11 more rookie write-ups just like it waiting for you, along with a complete ranking of my top 50 rookies… here we go!

5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR

Date: 7/24/14

This 2014 rookie receiving class is just flat-out phenomenal, as we are talking about the 4th receiver ranked, and this receiver can be a fantasy WR1 if he develops properly. Jordan Matthews is 6-3, 212 pounds, but he plays like he is 6-5, 225 pounds. He has a long reach and has phenomenal spacial awareness. View this exact play right here to see what I mean… if you watched that play, you should have noticed not only Matthews’ timing pulling in the reception, but his innate ability to use his body to defend the area around the football. It’s an instinct most players don’t develop until their second or third NFL season, but Matthews has a natural instinct to use his body to position the defender where he wants the defender. It’s masterful if you take the time to watch him in acton. Like Brandin Cooks, Matthews couldn’t have landed in a more potent offense. And, in Matthews’ case, the Eagles are in need of a big-time possession receiver, and it appears Chip Kelly is going to immediately lean on the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Matthews makes a strong case for Rookie of the Year in 2014! It wouldn’t be shocking if the guy pulled in 55-60 receptions for 900-1000 yards and 6-7 scores as a rookie. The rookie receiver position is changing, and these guys are maturing much faster than they use to.



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NEWS: Adrian Peterson to catch more passes in 2014?

According to 1500espn.com, Adrian Peterson has been impressing both head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner with his passing abilities. “I think I’ve seen him drop one ball the whole time [in three days of minicamp],” Zimmer said.

SMITTY: Norv Turner is notorious for producing huge fantasy running back seasons (Emmitt Smith, Terry Allen, Stephen Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson, Ricky Williams, Frank Gore). It would be an understatement to suggest that Norv Turner is going unleash Peterson in 2014 (expect some extra PPR goodness!). While it’s hard to imagine AP, now 29, playing like a top 1-5RB for more than 2 seasons, he could very well be this year’s top fantasy football rusher at season’s end. As we previously reported earlier in the week, Peterson has no plans to retire before 2016. The Vikings drafted Jerick McKinnon 96th overall in this year’s NFL Draft.