Adrian Peterson Waiver Wire Week 14: Fantasy outlook for Seahawks RB

Now on his second team this season, does Adrian Peterson have anything left to warrant fantasy managers adding him off the waiver wire?

For the second time this season, fantasy football managers are considering adding Adrian Peterson off the waiver wire. At this point, I can’t even get bothered by the fact that Peterson still plays professional football because teams keep signing him. I just have one question, though — Why, Mr. Peterson? Why? Why do you persist?

Adrian Peterson is not a priority add for fantasy managers off the waiver wire

Last week, Peterson joined his sixth team since leaving the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. The Seattle Seahawks signed the future Hall of Famer for reasons I cannot begin to understand.

This is the same Peterson who couldn’t get a job for the first eight weeks of the season. The same Peterson who then lost his job with the Titans to D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard, both of whom also didn’t have jobs until midway through the season. Peterson is the epitome of the quote, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

Peterson has not looked good this season

In Peterson’s three games with the Titans, he carried the ball 38 times for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last week, in his debut with the Seahawks, he managed 16 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown.

At this point in Peterson’s career, he can fall into the end zone. That’s it. Peterson has no burst left. No agility. None of the attributes that made him a perennial first overall pick in fantasy leagues in the late 2000s/early 2010s. Peterson is undoubtedly one of the greatest running backs of all time, but he belongs nowhere near an NFL field in the year 2021, let alone your fantasy roster.

Is there any logic to adding Peterson off the Week 14 waiver wire?

I know I spent the first part of this article criticizing Peterson’s football ability, but in fantasy football, all we care about are fantasy points. In deep leagues, or if you have no viable alternative at RB2, here is the rosiest picture I can paint of Peterson’s fantasy outlook.

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Chris Carson is done for the season. Rashaad Penny cannot stay healthy and has been ineffective when on the field. Alex Collins played his way out of a job last week when he was deactivated in favor of Peterson. Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas are mostly special teamers. They could succeed if given more work, but Pete Carroll has had myriad opportunities to go in that direction and has chosen not to.

Adrian Peterson will have a role, which is something

Enter 36-year-old Peterson. He’s the type of guy Carroll likes. Old school. Smash-mouth. Always runs forward. Plows into defenders. We know Carroll will go above and beyond to take the ball out of Russell Wilson’s hands. Peterson may not be efficient or effective in any way, but if he’s getting 10-12 carries and goal-line work, there’s at least a chance he can make something happen.

I view AP as a touchdown-or-bust RB4. Last week, he saw 5 carries inside the 10-yard line. Given his limitations at his age, his weekly ceiling is probably around 40 yards and a touchdown. Maybe he catches a pass. You could certainly do worse than 10 fantasy points from your RB2. I’ve seen plenty of fantasy teams with desperation options at RB2 with little to no hope of a touchdown. Peterson at least brings that to the table. Regardless of how poorly he may be running, I expect him to continue being the goal-line back.

This week, the Seahawks play a Texans defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. They’ve allowed 20 rushing touchdowns on the season, second-most in the league behind the Jets. If you were ever going to hold your nose and dive in on AP, it’s this week.

Peterson has more value in half-PPR or non-PPR leagues than PPR leagues but is a last-ditch prayer in all three. I would not recommend adding Peterson off the waiver wire, but if your team is completely ravaged by injuries and bye weeks, he’s a pure touchdown-or-bust Hail Mary option.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.


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