Well folks, after four games, the Adrian Peterson experiment in New Orleans has come to a close. After an offseason deal worth $7M for two years, the Saints have traded away AP to the Cardinals for a conventional draft pick. Simply put, the Saints wanted to get rid of him, and this was the fastest way, and easiest way possible. This now leaves New Orleans with three running backs: Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and youngster Trey Edmunds. Meanwhile in Arizona, Adrian Peterson now jumps into the wasteland that was the RBBC with David Johnson’s injury, now competing for touches against Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, and Andre Ellington.

So what does this mean for both teams? Well let’s get to it!

What This Means for New Orleans

Well it was only a matter of time before Peterson would either become nonexistent or leave entirely, right? After only playing 4 games, with 27 rushing attempts good for 81 yards and no TD’s, it’s safe to say that Peterson wasn’t being a crucial centerpiece of the offense, something we thought would occur when he signed with the Saints over the offseason. Now that he’s gone, we can finally get to the runners that actually are productive in this offense, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. However, it was still a bit of a mess between these two running backs when AP was in the picture. Kamara mostly produced on passing downs out of the backfield, with Ingram mostly working in the early down scenarios, however Kamara still outproduced Ingram in terms of total TD’s and yards/rush. I can’t say with 100% certainty that without AP, the Saints coaching staff will just give Kamara the bell-cow role on both rushing and passing downs, with Ingram working as the change-of-pace back, just because 1.) Kamara has been playing better and 2.) The Saints hate Mark Ingram, apparently, but it seems like the likeliest outcome for this backfield.

What This Means for Arizona

First off, Adrian Peterson will now have more value on Arizona than he did in New Orleans, so he’s worth a waiver wire add, but just because he’ll have more value doesn’t mean he’ll be the runner he once was, or step into the bell-cow role that David Johnson left behind. When DJ first went down, we all rushed to the waiver wire to pick up Kerwynn Williams, thinking that he would be the bell-cow, and he wasn’t. We then rushed to the waiver wire to pick up Chris Johnson, and he was a bust as well. Johnson and Williams barely rushed for more than two yards/carry when they had their chances, and now Peterson will get his chance. And sure, Peterson isn’t a bad runner, and in my opinion, he’s certainly better than Williams and CJ2k, but this Cardinals offensive line is just brutal. First off, they can’t protect Carson Palmer if their life depended on it, and now they’ve lost a crucial piece in this line for the season in G Mike Iupati.

For Peterson to be fully productive in Arizona, he’ll have to get 15-20 carries each game (we thought that was going to be the case in New Orleans, and *spoiler alert* it didn’t happen). Here’s the problem though: No Cardinals back has seen 15-20 carries this season. Not even David Johnson. And although Peterson is probably better than Williams and Johnson, it’s anyone’s guess if they’ll feature him that often. My guess is that they won’t, simply due to their passing nature as an offense combined with their O-Line play.

Peterson is worth a waiver wire pick, but not the best waiver wire addition this week. Don’t take him if you have the first priority, and definitely don’t blow your FAAB to get him. I would use <5% of your budget to get him. Aaron Jones, Elijah McGuire, and Marlon Mack are all guys who I would much rather have than Peterson. And as for the rest of this Cardinals backfield, you can keep onto Andre Ellington in PPR leagues, but you can drop everyone else.

 

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  1. Jake says:
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    Would you trade Ajayi for Dougie Baldwin ?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jake: To get Baldwin? Yes

  2. Kenneth Dean says:
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    Would you trade Julio Jones for Jordan Howard? I badly need another RB but my WR corp hasnt lived up to expectatons.

    My Roster Below:

    QB Matt Ryan
    WR Amari Cooper
    WR Doug Baldwin / Rishard Matthews
    WR Julio Jones
    RB Bilal Powell
    RB Aaron Jones
    TE Jimmy Graham
    W/R/T T. Coleman / Rishard Matthews

    BN T West, D Henry, K. Golladay, M. Mack

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Kenneth Dean: No definitely not

  3. Big League choo says:
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    10 team standard 2rbs/2wrs/1 flex

    Had tons of injuries this yr, 1-4 need to make moves 6/10 teams make it so 6-7 might get me in

    Sent some offers out, which side would you take

    1)My Howard/Parker for Julio/d Jax

    2)Howard/mixon for Leveon

    3)Diggs/Howard for Leveon

    4) mixon/diggs for freeman

    5) Mixon/Parker for Aaron jones/Montgomery

    Rbs Howard, Hyde, mixon, mccafrey, DJ

    WRs diggs, dez, Parker, Snead

    TE rudolf

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Big League choo: Out of these, the first is the way to go

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Hey, Zach, is it true William “Refrigerator” Perry got his nickname because his favorite episode of Punky Brewster was when she was trapped in a refrigerator?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Grey: Of course!!

  5. Frank the tank says:
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    Howdy zach attack!

    This waiver wire Wednesday I don’t a ton of moves to make; Dak Prescott was dropped last week & has a bye this week would you add him for depth & play matchups ROS between him & my Winston?

    Next which player who is either listed as “Out” or “IR” but either or they can be put in my IR slot who would you add to stash for that purpose of a late season return & stash on IR for now: Greg Olsen, Eifert, or luck. Personally I kinda like Dak ROS over luck though.

    – I have snead, hold or drop for a stash of mike Williams who will debut this Sunday vs raiders, or add any of these: kearse, Roger Lewis, mike Wallace, Cole Beasley, kamar Aiken, or juju smith?
    Or drop snead for either Marlon Mack, AP or breida?

    Thanks man!

    • Frank the tank says:
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      @Frank the tank:

      FYI my RBs are Gordon, hunt, mcaffery, Aaron jones, McKinnon, chark west & Austin ekeler

      My WRs Keenan Allen, Baldwin, tyreek hill, hogan, Parker, snead, fuller V, snead,

      IR slot #1 DJ
      #2 vacant

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Frank the tank: Whaddup Frank!!! I think Prescott is good, sure, but I don’t think you should drop Winston for him. I would drop another player to pick up Prescott. I also like Dak over Luck ROS.

      I would pick up JuJu Smith, as he’s proving to be the WR2 over Martavis in Pittsburgh.

  6. The imp says:
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    Assuming Powell is hurt who is your drop to avoid zero:
    Starters
    Cousins//Allen/LatMurray//Hilton/Jeffrey/Garçon/bye week TE
    Bench/bye/injured
    Shady/Powell/Fuller/wentz

    I’m looking for a trade and Powell health, but am not optimistic on either.
    Thanks

    • the imp says:
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      @The imp: One trade target could be McCaffrey from a WR hungry owner. Would Garcon be too much of an overpay? It would leave me with boom or bust Fuller starting every week, but I would be free to cut LatMurray for the bye week slot I need.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @The imp: I would drop LatMurray.

      As for a trade, I wouldn’t mind getting McCaffrey from Fuller.

  7. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Got offered Mike Evans for my Brandin Cooks and Ty Montgomery in my ppr league. Should I do it or ask for a throw in?

    • Papa Jean Segura says:
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      @Papa Jean Segura: or cooks and Mccaffery?

        • Papa Jean Segura says:
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          @Zach: I would be getting Evans. I did it already gave up Cooks and CMC

  8. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    “something we thought would occur” hmm, i don’t know if “we” all thought that. AP is old and didn’t fit the NO offense at all. this was remarked upon by many of you around here in preseason. NO never had room for all three of these guys and the other two actually work in the offense. i know the whole “ingram is hated” tale (and there is truth to it last 2 years) but he’s a lot better than peterson at this point, plus can actually catch a football with his hands.

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      @Sinkhole Demayo: also peterson’s ADP (so the general thoughts around fantasy world) didn’t have AP as the “centerpiece” of anything.

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        @Sinkhole Demayo: ok, WHO thought AP was getting 15-20 carries per game at NO as this line states:
        “we thought that was going to be the case in New Orleans”
        i don’t think ANYBODY wrote that one in preseason. some interesting less than 2 month ago memory in this report above.

        • Zach

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          @Sinkhole Demayo: First off, big shoutout to you for the excellent hindsight analysis. Because Mark Ingram wasn’t featured as much as he should have been in years prior, having to compete with Tim Hightower, and because Alvin Kamara was only a 3rd-round rookie heading into Training Camp, I at least thought (and I don’t think I was the only one) that there would be a CHANCE for him to be productive in New Orleans, considering they paid him to a contract over the summer. I don’t think we all expected for Kamara to be this good, and for Peterson to nearly be invisible in this offense. Yes, there was the danger of his age, which myself and MB talked about in the summer, but he was still being taken in drafts (his ADP finished at 67th overall. But, if you disagree about the community’s opinion towards AP in the summer, I guess we have to agree to disagree.

          • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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            @Zach: see this part right here i agree with 100% of it
            “Because Mark Ingram wasn’t featured as much as he should have been in years prior, having to compete with Tim Hightower, and because Alvin Kamara was only a 3rd-round rookie heading into Training Camp, I at least thought (and I don’t think I was the only one) that there would be a CHANCE for him to be productive in New Orleans, considering they paid him to a contract over the summer. I don’t think we all expected for Kamara to be this good, and for Peterson to nearly be invisible in this offense”

            my points have nothing to do with that. it’s these WAY stronger inaccurate statements (about you and the rest of the razz writers) that showed up far above.

  9. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    @Zach: look, i’m not saying it was reasonable to say he was going to be THIS bad in NO. i didn’t think so either. but i wasn’t the one saying he
    “was going to be getting 15-20 carries in NO”
    neither YOU, nor ANYBODY else said that one, till just now, and i don’t think it’s since your memory is actually this bad, it’s you wanting to make your report here seem more powerful.

    and while this was reasonable to think (and i thought so too 6 weeks ago):
    A = “that there would be a CHANCE for him to be productive in New Orleans”

    you are the one above (far above in your article) saying the MUCH stronger than A (and just now, by the way, fairly sure you didn’t say that before, and quite sure nobody else did):
    B = “he’d be a “centerpiece” of NO”and that was “something we thought would occur when he signed with the Saints over the offseason.” who are these “we” exactly (you yourself weren’t in this “we” for sure as we’ll see)

    i’m not using hindsight analysis, and neither are you, you are warping what you (or anybody else around here with this “we”) actually said to make your article seem to be something other than what it is (nothing against the rest of the article you didn’t need to throw in this kind of historically bad flavoring). you ACTUALLY had AP ranked 11 spots lower than ECR, and 16 lower than ADP as of august 18th in your own rankings. so yeah, statements such as these seem out of place. i’m not somebody claiming to “know” that he would’ve been this level of bust as he’s been at NO as far as this “hindsight” deal.

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