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RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 234Born: 7-24-1987College: UtahDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Wed Sep 21): Asiata should get goal line carries and he is a good receiver out of the backfield, but with the Vikings offense possibly going more pass-heavy without Adrian Peterson and quality run blocker, he's the lesser Vikings back to pick up this week. He could get a spike in value if Jerick McKinnon goes down, but he's just a low ceiling flex play for now.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. While it is difficult to believe, the Vikings might benefit by having some fresh blood in at running back while Adrian Peterson gets his knees back to 100% healthy. Peterson's 1.6 yards per carry average so far this year is the fewest rushing yards per attempt by a player with at least 30 rushes since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger, friends. The Vikings eked out 22/30/0 vs. Green Bay last weekend, including 12/19/0 rushing by Peterson (1.6 yards per carry). Jerick McKinnon has averaged 4.9 yards per carry during his three-year career in Minnesota (168/817/2 rushing with 50/310/1 receiving (73 targets), and was successful as a stand-in for Peterson when the latter was out on suspension. Matt Asiata is expected to be in the mix with McKinnon - he's been a Viking for five years and has scored more rushing TDs (250/884/12 with 70/470/1 receiving on 95 targets) than McKinnon - local beat writer Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects a 65/35 split between McKinnon and Asiata against this week's opponent, the Panthers. Speaking of Carolina, they sit at 17th in the NFL right now, averaging 106.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores handed out to date. However, the 49ers were limited to 26/65/1 rushing last weekend, as the Panthers bounced back from their season-opening loss at Denver. To date, the Panthers have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs on average (22.2). We'll see if the trend to improvement continues against the Vikings' duo. As the Vikings juggle their lineup at running back, we're calling this a neutral matchup in the Panthers' house on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at TEN 9 4 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.3
2 vs GB 12 6 14 0 1 1 11 0 0 2.5
3 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 2 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 11 * * 1 * * * *
3 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 10 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Asiata got most of the touches with Adrian Peterson out, but given the lack of runs altogether (Asiata and Jerick McKinnon combined for just eight), it's not much of an indicator as to who might replace Peterson. As with the entire backfield, Asiata struggled behind a poor offensive line and he made little to no headway against the Packers front.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Relegated to a few short yardage attempts, Asiata had very little luck behind the Vikings' shaky offensive line. He was met at or behind the line.

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Latest News

Vikings | Jerick McKinnon will start (Wed Sep 21, 02:09 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon will be the starting running back with RB Adrian Peterson (knee) sidelined. He likely will play at least 60 percent of the snaps.

Our View: We have a bit of clarity here, but know that McKinnon is going to lose out on some high-value touches if/when the team gets near pay dirt. RB Matt Asiata will also receive playing time and likely will handle the goal line carries.
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Vikings | Minnesota will split work for backs (Mon Sep 19, 04:22 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could see a 65/35 split between carries if RB Adrian Peterson (knee) misses any time, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Our View: We could see McKinnon work as the team's change-of-pace back, and Asiata could be featured on early-down and goal-line situations. Fantasy owners need to monitor Peterson's progress. Neither McKinnon or Asiata should be considered more than RB3 level because of this split and uncertain nature of this situation.
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Schedule

3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs New York Giants
5vs Houston Texans
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Philadelphia Eagles
8@ Chicago Bears
9vs Detroit Lions
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12@ Detroit Lions
13vs Dallas Cowboys
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears