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Vikings Coach Stress Patience with RB Adrian Peterson: Fantasy Implications

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings in action during the game against of the Miami Dolphins on September 19 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adrian Peterson

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is stressing patience when it comes to RB Adrian Peterson's return from knee surgery. We break down the fantasy implications.

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list. The move was made on Sunday. However, The Minneapolis Star Tribune Vikings reports that Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is stressing that the team will patient and isn't promising that Peterson will be ready to play in the opening game of the season. Peterson had surgery in late December to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee.

Analysis: Getting Peterson active is good news for the Vikings and fantasy owners, but caution is the right word here. Peterson had surgery less than 8 months ago, so it's unclear what he is capable of at this time. If Peterson plays in the preseason and gets a clean bill of health afterward, then fantasy owners who want to can move forward with him as a No. 1 fantasy back. Peterson has been an elite running back but make sure he's ready (or close to it) before banking on him for the entire season.

For more on the Vikings check out SB Nation Minnesota and Daily Norseman.

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