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Adrian Peterson Fantasy Outlook Rises as Week 11 Starter

By michael obermuller
Adrian Peterson is the starting running back again in Week 11 with D'Andre Swift downgraded to out.
Adrian Peterson is the starting running back again in Week 11 with D'Andre Swift downgraded to out. / Nic Antaya/Getty Images
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Adrian Peterson has seemed ageless throughout his career. The legendary running back is still getting starting opportunities at age 35. Considering how many rushers fall out of the NFL in under five seasons, AP's 14-year tenure is incredible to behold.

Now in Week 11, the running back known as "All Day" will tally one more start on to his illustrious career against the Carolina Panthers. Rookie D'Andre Swift had won the job from Peterson a couple weeks ago, but he's now unavailable due to a concussion.

Adrian Peterson Fantasy Outlook

Kerryon Johnson is expected to share the rushing duties to some extent, but it's huge that head coach Matt Patricia has named Peterson the starter. That means the veteran is likelier to get the opportunity on early downs, and near the goal line.

AP's production has declined as the season has gone on, but he is coming off a slight resurgence with 5.25 yards per carry in limited Week 10 action. If he can build off that in much larger snap share against a Panthers defense that is ranked No. 26 in rushing yards allowed, he immediately becomes a viable fantasy option.

Johnson has not been particularly impressive in the rushing or passing attack, but he has some value in PPR formats as he's likely to handle some decent volume on passing downs.

However, if you're choosing between the two, it's always smart to side with the starter.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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