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Adrian Peterson Fantasy Projection, Week 16

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to the field last week to contribute 60 yards rushing on just 10 carries. Considering he felt he was less than 100 percent fit to play, Peterson was pretty productive on limited touches.

So with heavy fantasy football ramifications for week 16, Peterson's fantasy owners will hope AP gets more touches against the Washington Redskins to help deliver a fantasy championship. Peterson remains dinged up while dealing with the high-ankle sprain that has slowed him down for the last few weeks.

The Redskins' run defense ranks 15th in the NFL but has played well of late. But the key for Peterson will be the number of touches he can get in the game. Aside from his balky ankle, Peterson's legs should be fresh and ready for as much action as the ankle can handle and if that includes a trip to the end zone, fantasy owners will be happy.

Fantasy owners should find some positives in AP's projections for the week. According to numberFire, Peterson projects to roughly double his touches from last week with 17.33 carries for 78.40 yards and 2.11 receptions for 18.50 yards with 0.65 touchdowns. Last week, Peterson was shut out of the passing game, so if his carries approach 20 and he catches a couple of balls out of the backfield, there will be plenty of chances to big plays which could deliver a nice contribution for fantasy owners.

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