Adrian Peterson practices, should play for Vikings, fantasy owners

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson practiced on Friday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to team practice on Friday, according to the Star Tribune. Peterson will also play, according to head coach Leslie Frazier, despite missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Peterson is a veteran and clearly doesn't need a full week of practice to be ready to play at this point in his career. It's good to hear that there were no setbacks with his groin injury in his return to practice.

The prolific running back has not missed any time this season, though he's having a down season by his standards. He's carried the ball 226 times for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns. Fortunately, he's facing a desirable matchup against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Peterson will be all systems go on Sunday and should be started. He's a must-start in any situation, and the fact that he's taking on the worst rushing defense in the league is just icing on the cake. The Bears allow 145.2 rushing yards per game on average. If that's not a desirable matchup, I don't know what is.

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