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Adrian Peterson Injury Update Doesn't Help Week 8 Fantasy Outlook for Washington on Thursday Night

Jason Schandl
San Francisco 49ers v Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers v Washington Redskins / Rob Carr/Getty Images
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No stranger to impressive returns from injury, Adrian Peterson plans to suit up on a short week for Thursday night's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings after suffering an ankle injury in Week 7's loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Whether he plays or not, you'll probably want to leave him out of your Week 8 fantasy football lineups.

Replacing the again-injured Derrius Guice as the starting RB in Washington this year, Peterson has only hit double-digit fantasy points once in six games. He hasn't often come close either, posting fewer than four fantasy points in three of those six performances.

Washington has been terrible this year, and that has them spending the majority of their time playing from behind, forcing their hand into a more pass-heavy game plan that keeps the ball away from AP.

Don't expect that to change on Thursday Night, as FanDuel Sportsbook has Washington as 16.5-point underdogs, while Minnesota ranks seventh in the NFL in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings.

Healthy or not, Peterson carries very little value this week in an offense that's not likely to have any success. He doesn't even crack the top 36 RBs in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings, and he is a player to sit in fantasy football on Thursday night.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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