Adrian Peterson Deactivated: What should fantasy owners do?

Adrian Peterson has been deactivated by the Minnesota Vikings for pending Child Abuse charges and it looks like AP will miss the rest of the season. At least, we know that Peterson’s chances of playing for the Vikings again are slim to none.

If you drafted Adrian Peterson in the first round of your NFL season long draft, then you desperately need a replacement RB to fill the void left in Peterson’s absence.

Should you drop Adrian Peterson from your fantasy team?

It makes sense to still hold on to Peterson if you have roster space available. We don’t know for sure what will happen to him in the future, but you have a few waiver wire options available to you.

If you drop him, he could be reinstated within a few weeks and be claimed off waivers by another team in your league. It’s risky but remember what happened to Josh Gordon? He went from a 1 year ban to only 10 games. Proceed with caution on this issue.

Fantasy RB replacements for AP

Here are 5 stud running backs available on waivers in most NFL leagues to help you stay strong on the RB position until the Adrian Peterson child abuse issue clears up.

Ahmad Bradshaw


The Colts running back is on a recent tear. He rushed 13 times for 79 yards with a 5.4 average YPC.

He also caught 2 TDs passes and seems to be more dangerous around the goalline than Trent Richardson.

He is still averaging over 5 YPC this season and will carry a heavy workload in the Colts Run n Gun offense. He’s available in most Yahoo! and NFL season long leagues.

Khiry Robinson


With Mark Ingram out with a hand injury, Robinson has been given to green light to carry a heavy workload.

He’s a bit of a sleeper and gamble, but he could pay off handsomely if he finds success on the ground to complement the Brees passing attack.

He’s averaging 4.2 YPC and already found the endzone once in week 1.

Jerick McKinnon


He’s young and inexperienced but appears to be more talented than Matt Asiata. The Vikings drafted McKinnon to eventually replace Adrian Peterson, which speaks volumes about his raw talent.

As long as Peterson is sidelined with the whole Child abuse fiasco, McKinnon becomes a super valuable waiver wire pickup.

Lamar Miller


The Dolphins running back is currently under the radar but has been ultra consistent. He carried the ball for 11 times in back to back games while nursing a sore ankle.

He’s off the injury report so expect Miller to remain healthy in the foreseeable future.

He averages an impressive 4.8 YPC so far this season and is available in most leagues.

Knile Davis


Davis’ value is 100% dependent on the health of Jamaal Charles. Ever since Charles got hurt last year in the playoffs, I am fearful he will have a very poor season this year.

On the other hand, Knile Davis looked explosive and strong in the Chiefs offense. He is a must play as long as Charles sits out.

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Juke is an avid daily fantasy sports player who competes in NFL, NBA, EPL & UCL. He's been playing DFS for 5 years and shares his successes & failures on RotoJuke. You can track his DFS gameplay by checking out his profile: jukebox9988. Follow Juke on Twitter.

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