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The Lowdown: Adrian Peterson, Carson Palmer, RG3

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Since new offensive coordinator Norv Turner has joined the Vikings, there has been a lot of hearsay about Adrian Peterson being involved in the passing game. Peterson is again one of the hottest commodities in fantasy football once again as a direct result. He’s been working on that aspect since Turner has came on board.

“He’s had good days, but there are some days where he’s been spectacular in those areas. I’m excited to see what the new and improved Adrian Peterson is going to look like when the opener starts. I think this whole team is excited about what he could bring as a dual-threat player.”

The majority of the discussions I’ve seen have been about who to take No. 1 overall have been between Jamaal Charles or LeSean McCoy. I believe Peterson should also be brought into this conversation. Yes, in our RotoViz RB composite ranks, he comes in at No. 4. But he’s no stranger to the passing game and if Turner wants to get him more involved, sign me up. He does have 69 receptions on 90 targets in the last two years and he’s had double-digit rushing TDs in every year since he has entered the league.1 You’re just splitting hairs when comparing these three RBs, but  if the Vikings want to get Peterson even more involved in the passing game, I think he’s got one of the best chances to claim that No. 1 spot this year.

Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer had a career best 4,274 passing yards last season. Gil Brandt believes Palmer has potential to throw for 5,000 yards this season. If he did, he would be the sixth QB in NFL history to do so.

“The guy that’s going to surprise everybody with 5,000 yards this year . . . I think he’s going to have a big year simply because he’s got three really good receivers. One of them is my guy (rookie receiver) John Brown,” Brandt said.

We all know how much the Cardinals love Brown, then you add in Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and pass-catching RB Andre Ellington–you have a recipe for greatness. Going by our RotoViz QB composite ranks, Palmer will make for a solid No. 2 QB. Jacob Rickrode believes Palmer has a chance to be Kurt Warner. I am on the Palmer bandwagon this year. I love his weapons and his potential in this Bruce Arians offense. He’s one of my three late round QBs I am targeting and he is my favorite QB streaming option for Week 1. Palmer should be a guy you feel confident about drafting this year for his low cost.

Robert Griffin, III

Ever since the knee injury that iced his thrilling rookie season, Robert Griffin III hasn’t looked quite like himself. It also doesn’t help that Kirk Cousins has looked much better this preseason.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” coach Jay Gruden said. “[Hesitating] could be a function of him not trusting the coverage, not trusting his footwork, but that’s something that he’s got to get out of . . . He’s got to let some things fly.”

Obviously, Griffin is struggling thus far. Fantasy owners may be having their doubts about him, as his ADP is starting to drop.

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I was optimistic about him headed into this season, with Jordan Reed back from his concussions and the addition of DeSean Jackson. I even drafted him fairly high on the RotoViz Fanium App Challenge.

I turned to our QB Sim Score App to try and reclaim my optimism about him.

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Two of the rankers have Griffin ranked outside the top 10 in our RotoViz QB composite ranks. I’m starting to be concerned about him this year because he just hasn’t looked great. I love the player and I love his weapons, but if I’m drafting Griffin in 2014, I am likely to roster another QB.

  1. In my 12-team standard league draft last night, I was fortunate enough to have the first pick, and I did end up selecting Peterson.  (back)

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