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What to do with Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson in fantasy football Week 16

Adrian Peterson went back to his normal workload without the presence of Derrius Guice last Sunday. Can we expect more of the same against the Giants?

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Occasionally, it’s nice to have aspects of Fantasy Football that aren’t overly complicated. In a world where snap counts and committees are the new normal, it’s refreshing to have a running back like Adrian Peterson who’s essentially impervious to script or workload concerns. I mean, I don’t want to say I can predict exactly how the veteran’s Sunday afternoon is going to go against the Giants, but we do have some clear indicators of his massive floor.

Peterson garnered 19 touches and played 60.4% of Washington’s offensive snaps in last weekend’s 37-27 loss to Philadelphia. It was the highest snap share that the 34-year-old RB had seen since a Week 10 loss to Buffalo, which makes perfect sense, as it was also the first contest the team had played without Derrius Guice in that same span of time. In fact, in the last five games that Peterson has exceeded a 60% snap rate, he’s averaged 18.2 rushing attempts and 89.8 rushing yards. These aren’t the kind of numbers that are going to blow anyone away, especially with Peterson’s inability to get himself involved in the passing attack; however, it’s an elite level of volume and it puts him a touchdown away from being an Top-15 option at his position.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Washington RBs Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson

It’s been rare in 2019 to see Peterson in the always welcomed role of high-volume running back as a home favorite, but that’s precisely where we stand in Week 16. Surprisingly, New York’s surrendered an NFL-low 3.2 yards per carry on the road this season, yet it’s not like Washington tailors its game plan to the whims of its opponent. They run the football. A lot. That’s why you can’t allow yourself to look at Chris Thompson as anything other than a desperation FLEX option in PPR formats. Thompson’s a sublime pass-catcher in a low-scoring offense that doesn’t play to his strengths. It’s not an ideal situation.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Peterson. Sit Thompson.