Fantasy football impact: Adrian Peterson signs with Saints

The New Orleans Saints pulled a surprising move on Tuesday, adding Adrian Peterson to their roster as they signed the free agent to a two-year deal.

Peterson joins Mark Ingram as the only other back with starting potential on the roster.

The move is a clear hit to Ingram’s value but it really depends on how Sean Payton plans on using the runners.

Ingram had 1,043 yards rushing last season with Tim Hightower adding 548. Hightower is now a 49er and it’s yet to be determined how Peterson will be used, though Payton has said he’d “complement” Ingram.

Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 24, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Ingram carried the ball 205 times with Hightower rushing 133 times last season. Six other Saints accounted for 64 carries. You could easily see all of those rushes go to Peterson this upcoming season.

This may end up being a 50/50 split in the end, which isn’t good for fantasy.

NFL teams see the value in having two running backs play in a significant amount of plays.

One thing is clear. You can’t select either of these guys in early rounds, unless it becomes apparent that one will take the lead role. Ingram was already going late in the second round. Push him even further down, though he has the slight edge over Peterson at this point. Stay tuned.

Author: Staff Writer

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