How will the Vikings struggles impact the team's fantasy football outlook for the remainder of the 2013 season? FanDuel.com has provided us with an exclusive post to discuss how players like Adrian Peterson and Greg Jennings will impact your fantasy football leagues.
After losing 28-7 to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings are in danger of throwing away the 2013 season already. While that is a tough pill for Minnesota fans to swallow, it might be equally tough for fantasy football owners who are not getting a lot of production out of their two top options. Greg Jennings and Adrian Peterson have had individual struggles this season, and things don’t get any easier in the near future. Can they turn it around?
Peterson was the consensus #1 pick in most fantasy football drafts, so anything short of a follow up to his MVP season last year would be a disappointment. Not only has he had to deal with inconsistent play from his teammates, but the off the field distraction involving his child’s death has weighed him down as well. He is currently fifth among running backs in total fantasy football points, but with very poor quarterback play around him, he might not have as many opportunities to explode for big yardage.
Speaking of poor quarterback play, Jennings has really struggled to get going because of it. New quarterback Josh Freeman targeted him 10 times in the Monday Night Football game against the Giants, but he only caught four passes for 41 yards. He has only topped 50 yards twice this season, and his only two touchdowns came in the Steelers matchup. His fantasy football outlook appears grim, mainly because if no one can get him the ball, how can he be productive?
The one positive for Jennings is that with the team constantly trailing, they will be forced to air the ball out. Peterson could get involved more in the receiving game as well. Both of these guys will probably end up being disappointments in fantasy this year though, and it is a direct result of the poor overall team play.