Adrian Peterson Trade To Cardinals: Fantasy Football Ramifications

The New Orleans Saints traded Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini, ending the veteran running back’s very short stay in The Big Easy.

Peterson never got it going with the Saints, carrying the ball just 27 times in four games for 81 yards and failing to reach the end zone. He’ll join a Cardinals backfield that currently consists of pass-catcher Andre Ellington and return specialist Kerwynn Williams after over-the-hill Chris Johnson was released. So let’s look at the fantasy football impact the Peterson trade will have on the Cardinals and the Saints.

What it means for the Cardinals


The player who immediately felt the most impact in Arizona was Johnson, who was cut just moments after news of the trade hit. With Ellington solidified as the Cardinals’ pass-catching back, Johnson wasn’t able to capitalize on the opportunity afforded to him by David Johnson’s wrist injury, averaging a measly 2.5 yards per carry (and 5.2 DKFP per game). While Peterson hasn’t exactly exceeded Johnson regarding production — averaging 3 yards per carry — the Cardinals will look to get whatever they can out of the probable Hall of Famer for the remainder of the season.

Peterson might be limited in his carries at first, but as long as he performs, his volume should ramp up. Ellington shouldn’t see a change in his production, as he has been heavily use in the passing game, averaging eight targets per game and totaling 257 receiving yards.

What it means for the Saints


The Saints will roll out the Mark Ingram-Alvin Kamara tandem for the remainder of the season. Ingram has seen the majority of touches this season, but that’s not saying much, as he hasn’t exceeded 14 in a game. Although Peterson wasn’t stealing many touches, Ingram still should see an uptick in volume.

Kamara is the most exciting player of the mix, as he has seen a substantial amount of work in the passing game. The rookie is averaging seven targets on the season and is coming off a Week 4 performance in which he caught all 10 of his targets. The Saints want to see what they have in Kamara, and he should have a much more consistent role in this offense.

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