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Adrian Peterson (Knee) To Miss Rest Of Vikings Preseason: 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

Adrian Peterson will not participate in the Vikings' remaining two preseason games. We break down the fantasy implications.

Adrian Peterson will miss the Minnesota Vikings' final two preseason games, head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday. The move was reportedly made as a precaution, and is not an indication of Peterson's progress from a torn ACL suffered late last season. The coaching staff is currently re-evaluating its no-contact policy for the veteran and uber-talented, though injury-prone, running back.

Analysis: Peterson would no doubt like to see some action in preseason, but he has reportedly been understanding of the coaching staff's decision. The Vikings' success this season begins and ends with Peterson, and there is no way that Frazier will be taking any risks that aren't absolutely necessary. From a fantasy standpoint, you should be just as cautious with the fragile back as the Vikings are. That means waiting longer than usual to draft him (Peterson's average draft position is around the beginning of the second round in standard 10-team leagues) and handcuffing him properly with Toby Gerhart.

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

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