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What to do with Adrian Peterson in Week 11 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Adrian Peterson ahead of the Lions Week 11 matchup against the Panthers, with D’Andre Swift ruled out.

 Adrian Peterson #28 of the Detroit Lions warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 8, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Game day update: The injury report is lengthy for Detroit, with D’Andre Swift, Kenny Golladay, and Danny Amendola all out for Week 11. The Lions offense is not nearly as good without Golladay and Swift out there, and becomes a quantity rather than quality option. ESPN projects Adrian Peterson with 12.0 fantasy points and Kerryon Johnson with 10.1 points in PPR leagues. AP seems likely to get a sizable workload, but Johnson is an x-factor that would lower AP’s ceiling.

The Lions will take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 11 and the Lions backfield will look to take advantage of a Carolina defense that has allowed the second most points to opposing RBs so far this season. Will Adrian Peterson be of assistance in securing a Week 11 victory for your fantasy team considering D’Andre Swift’s absence? We break down the fantasy analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Lions RBs Adrian Peterson

Just as Adrian Peterson appeared to have handed over the reins of the Detroit backfield to D’Andre Swift, fantasy managers get another surprise. Swift did not participate in team practice on Thursday with a concussion, eventually ruled out on Friday due to the injury. Peterson has failed to reach double digit carries since Week 6, but given the opportunity he’ll see as a starter this week, he could prove to be a valuable fantasy asset with a relatively safe floor. Peterson will face a relatively friendly opponent this weekend and with a banged up wide receiver corps should provide him with plenty of carries, as long as they can stay competitive. Peterson hit his season-high of 114 scrimmage yards in Week 1 and has scored two touchdowns on the season.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Adrian Peterson as a volume based, low-end RB3/flex.