Teddy Bridgewater is out for the 2016 Fantasy Football season. I know I didn’t target him in my drafts, but I did add his teammate Adrian Peterson to a few of my rosters.
All Bridgewater needed to do was be a game manager, and Peterson would handle the rest.
Now that Shaun Hill is the starting quarterback, though, are things going to change?
The answer is not much. In fact, this could actually even be better news for Peterson. There was talks during the offseason that the coaching staff wanted Bridgewater to take more chances, and there were also reports of his teammates being impressed with his arm.Embed from Getty Images
I don’t buy that Bridgewater would have significantly improved upon his stats from last year, but throwing the ball more would take away carries from Peterson.
Now, though, the formula for winning for the Minnesota Vikings is exclusively tied to Peterson running, Hill limiting his turnovers, and solid defense.
Remember, there has been a quarterback carousel in Minnesota over the last several seasons, with a really interesting mix of characters.
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Outside of Brett Favre in 2009, there hasn’t been consistency at the quarterback position.
But take a look at some of Peterson’s best seasons over the last several years…
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Two of Peterson’s top Fantasy seasons were when Frerotte and Ponder were the starting quarterbacks.Embed from Getty Images
If you still have a draft coming up, the only hesitation you should have with drafting Peterson is his age. Father Time is going to catch up with him eventually, but don’t let Bridgewater being sidelined for the 2016 Fantasy Football season scare you.
If you’re having trouble deciding who to start at DFS in Week 1 on DraftKings or FanDuel, especially at the running back position, make sure to check out lead writer Jon Kelly’s Week 1 DFS picks.