Adrian Peterson, Shaun Hill's Fantasy Outlook After Teddy Bridgewater's Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2016

Aug 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs out of the locker room for pre game warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact left knee injury at practice on Tuesday, and head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters "it doesn’t look good right now" for the third-year signal-caller to play this season, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.  

The newswhich comes after Bridgewater showed real development and graded out as the second-ranked quarterback through three weeks of the preseason, per Pro Football Focus—figures to dampen the Vikings' hopes of competing for a second straight NFC North title and silence the buzz surrounding their potential as a Super Bowl sleeper. 

The injury also figures to impact several of the Vikings' key contributors as it pertains to their respective fantasy stocks. 

Chief among those players is running back Adrian Peterson, who is seeking to defend his rushing crown a year after scampering for a league-best 1,485 yards. 

While the absence of a dynamic signal-caller could theoretically sink Peterson's value slightly, the Vikings' game plan should continue to revolve around feeding their workhorse the rock as a way to stabilize an offense in limbo. 

Plus, the Vikings have made it clear during Peterson's tenure in Minnesota that as long as he's on the field, he will be the focal point of their attack. Not only does the 31-year-old average 19.8 carries per game for his career, but he has topped 19.9 carries a game every season dating back to 2012. 

Also consider that the Vikings' aerial attack was among the league's least dynamic with Bridgewater last season, and Peterson could be in for another big year, as Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans noted: 

Brad Evans @YahooNoise

Remember, Minnesota ranked dead last in pass attempts last year (484 in total). Run with Peterson, play sound D. That's the formula.

Beyond Peterson, backup-quarterback-turned-primary signal-caller Shaun Hill will watch his stock rise in conjunction with Bridgewater's untimely injury.

However, he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a desperation contingency plan in the deepest of leagues.

The Vikings have been a run-first team under Zimmer, and Hill has never been more than a game manager in extended action: 

Shaun Hill's Stats in Season With 6-Plus Starts
SeasonStartsPass YdsComp %TDINT
2008 (SF)82,04662.8138
2009 (SF)694356.152
2010 (DET)102,86661.81612
2014 (STL)81,65763.387
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

That sample size is telling, and it should give owners pause before they consider adding Hill in a backup capacity.

Rather than target Hill as a potential stopgap solution, players should be advised to chase the likes of Sam Bradford, Brock Osweiler, Dak Prescott, Ryan Tannehill or Ryan Fitzpatrick, if available.  


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