Three and out: Vikings’ to use Peterson as receiver?

More touches possible for Peterson: With RB Adrian Peterson on track for his lowest receptions total since 2008, Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave says the team might throw a few passes Peterson’s way to help the offense avoid long down and distance situations. The former Oklahoma star has never been a huge part of Minnesota’s passing game, but it could provide a boost for rookie QB Christian Ponder. If Peterson is on your roster, you are going to start him regardless, but extra touches should be music to your ears. The bad news? If you own any Vikings receivers, their already-minimal value could be taking an even bigger hit.

Bradford out vs. Saints: A lingering ankle injury once again will prevent QB Sam Bradford from stepping on the field against New Orleans on Sunday. That means another week of A.J. Feeley at the helm, which isn’t terrible news for Brandon Lloyd owners since Lloyd was a frequent target last week. The Saints have been pretty pliable against opposing passing attacks, so while you shouldn’t expect the Rams to post Saints-like numbers, there is a chance for Lloyd to produce as a No. 2 or 3 receiver this week.

Hillis misses practice again: After missing Friday’s practice, it’s likely that RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) won’t be available for the Browns this week. Once again, Montario Hardesty will carry the load for Cleveland against San Francisco’s second-ranked run defense. If you can avoid playing Hardesty this week, by all means, do so. As for Hillis, the weekly round-and-round understandably has fantasy owners at their wits’ end. Even when he’s played, his production hasn’t justified the high pick that many owners spent on him. That high pick makes it hard to drop Hillis, but his lack of production makes it hard to trade him. Until he shows something, it’s time to leave him on the bench.

— Marcas Grant

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