What Kind of Fantasy Impact Will Josh Freeman Have on Adrian Peterson?

By Devin O'Barr
Adrian Peterson
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Fantasy football owners with Adrian Peterson on their team have grown accustomed to spotty quarterback play for the Minnesota Vikings. However, Josh Freeman has reportedly signed a deal with the Vikings, which could throw a wrinkle in Peterson’s production or just give “AD” a boost.

Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel have been under center for Minnesota thus far in 2013 and Peterson went into his Week 5 bye with the more fantasy points than any running back in the NFL. Of course, Peterson’s numbers have been aided by more than a few goal-line carries, which could go by the wayside if Freeman comes to the Midwest with a nose for the end zone and quick legs.

Freeman was hardly a dual-threat quarterback in his last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, yet he did have four rushing touchdowns in 2011 along with over 360 rushing yards way back in 2010. Obviously, it’s been a few years since No. 5 has been effective with his legs, but it’s still something to consider when talking about Peterson and his all-important fantasy football statistics.

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In addition to Freeman’s running habits, be sure to also take note of the arm that this quarterback brings to Minnesota, because he did throw for 27 touchdowns in 2012. If Freeman is throwing ball with the Vikings like he did with Tampa Bay last year, then Peterson’s touchdown total might take a dip.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.

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