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Adrian Peterson Could Play This Week Against Chargers: Fantasy Implications

Jul 27, 2012; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) pulls athletic trainer Eric Sugarman as he runs drills away from the team as he is on the physically unable to perform list at training camp at Blakeslee Stadium at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Adrian Peterson's return timetable continues to be a main talking point around the league. We break down the fantasy implications.

As he continues to see an increase in his workload at practice, Adrian Peterson could be in line for some playing time in the Vikings third preseason game. He's been taking first-team reps at practice, but Leslie Frazier and the coaching staff have not decided when he will see game action yet.

Analysis: This is speculation right now, but with the third game of the preseason typically being the dress rehearsal for most teams, Peterson's return to the field would be beneficial for Minnesota. However, they can't afford to rush him back too quickly. His progress appears to be ahead of schedule by most accounts, and he hasn't suffered any setbacks throughout rehab. Peterson isn't going through contact drills at the moment, something that he will discuss with his coaches this week. Fantasy owners should still hold back on their expectations for now, as Peterson has plenty of work left to do.

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

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