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During the season, trades in the NFL happen but they’re very rare and usually don’t involve big name players. That changed today when ESPN’s Dianna Russini announced that the New Orleans Saints dealt former NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick, per her sources. It’s a shocker in many ways as Peterson signed with the Saints this past offseason and was expected to contend for the starting running back job in New Orleans. But Peterson was logjammed in a cluttered backfield with Mark Ingram and rookie breakout Alvin Kamara.
Peterson has made an appearance in each of the Saint’s first four games but has only carried the ball a total of 27 times for 81 yards (3.0 yards per carry). Peterson is also not known as a receiving back and he’s only totaled two catches for four yards so far this season. The Saints and Cardinals both made a solid deal here as the Saints somewhat unloaded a clogged backfield and Arizona was able to find a veteran replacement while star RB David Johnson is out with an injury.
The real questions looming here are whether the trade gives AP a little more value in fantasy football aspects. He is owned in 47.5% of ESPN leagues and is more than likely available in your league. We can’t say or assume anything about what Peterson’s role will be in Arizona yet but one would be wise to consider having him as an deep asset on your bench. For the Saints, fantasy owners of Ingram and Kamara can breath a little bit more as now their players will not be competing for playing time with the veteran AP. Peterson is an interesting option in standard leagues and has lesser value in most point per reception scoring leagues.