With Vikings Adrian Peterson deactivated from Sunday’s game against the Patriots, here are a few running backs fantasy owners could replace him.
Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
With DeAngelo Williams doubtful for the Panthers’ game against the Detroit Lions, Stewart is likely going to see some considerable time as the lead back. While the Lions run defense is strong, you should expect him to remain productive from the backfield given his seven-year history with the team. He has 4,036 rushing yards with 27 touchdowns in 875 carries in his career. ESPN has him at 33 percent ownership so he’ll be worthy of a pickup.
Jonathan Dwyer – Arizona Cardinals
Dwyer’s value is contingent on his production on the goal-line. The New York Giants have allowed rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs in five of their past six games stemming from last season. While starter Andre Ellington is expected to play Sunday, but his absence from practice Wednesday and Thursday might suggest more a running back by committee approach. Dwyer has jumped to 28.4 percent among fantasy owners, an increase of 18.9 percent.
Matt Asiata – Minnesota Vikings
Last but not least, his replacement (for now), Asiata will likely be getting the bulk of the carries over Jerick McKinnon. Spelling for Peterson, Asiata’s rushed for 185 yards for three TDs in 49 carries into his third season with the team. He could see more action as the season progresses and the NFL and law enforcement will determine Peterson’s immediate future. Fantasy owners have picked him up in 6.7 percent of ESPN leagues which means there isn’t much a bode of confidence in his abilities. In the very least he might be worth a look as bench fodder with a wait-and-see approach.