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RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 9: vs Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jerrick McKinnon is getting a steady diet of carries since taking over as the Viking's featured rusher - 16/83/0 rushing and 1/-1/0 receiving at Tampa Bay, and 19/103/0 rushing with 2/-2/0 receiving at Buffalo two weeks ago. Matt Asiata has seen 4/1/0 rushing and 4/26/0 receiving at Tampa and 6/24/0 rushing and 1/13/0 receiving at Buffalo in the change of pace role. Despite having a rookie quarterback on the firing line, the Vikings' rushing attack is providing a solid, chain-moving presence each weekend. The Washington rush D did a decent job in Dallas on Monday Night Football, keeping DeMarco Murray out of the end zone, but they did allow him and others 25/166/0 rushing on the night. Tennessee had less luck at Washington two games back, with 22/76/0 rushing to their credit. To date, Washington is ranked 15th in the NFL with an average of 111.1 yards allowed per game in this phase, and they have given away only three rushing scores to date. The Vikings have some tough customers coming to TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 at GB 15 72 0 3 0 0 0 1
6 vs DET 2 -5 0 2 1 18 0 0
7 at BUF 6 24 0 2 1 13 0 0
8 at TB 4 1 0 5 4 26 0 0
9 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds 4 * * 3 * * *
9 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 2 * * *
9 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom 4 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs DET (2 / -5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Asiata was a clear role player on offense this week against Detroit. Jerick McKinnon saw the field as the starter and Asiata logged just three touches. His lone successful gain, an 18-yard reception, came in the final minute of the first half as Detroit's defense backed up into a shell to limit a long gain. Not in the box score was an 11-yard gain on the ground for Asiata through a huge hole created by a holding penalty and an interception that was tipped into the air by Asiata on a target over the middle. Jerick McKinnon continues to outplay Asiata and for the first time since Week 1, Asiata saw fewer than 15 touches.

2014 Week 7 vs BUF (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Jerick McKinnon got the start and most of the carries against the Buffalo Bills, and what Asiata did get he didn't do much with. A lot of his carries seemed to go right up the gut, into the teeth of the defense. With the offensive line struggling to block again this week, Asiata didn't often have much help in creating plays. The team tried to send him outside a few times to mixed results, one for a long game and another for a minimal one. Asiata is an effective pass-catcher, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater missed him on a wide open swing pass for what should have been a big gain.

2014 Week 8 vs TB (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)

Jerrick McKinnon got the bulk of the ground touches, but Matt Asiata got the targets in the passing game. Asiata caught a lot of shorter passes, often across the middle, but normally did a very good job making the first tackler miss so he could gain a few more yards. His biggest play found Asiata completely open and free in the flat with no defender anywhere near him. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was under pressure and scrambled to his right, then delivered the pass to his running back, who immediately turned upfield with good speed. Unfortunately the play was wiped out by a holding penalty by tight end Chase Ford, but it was a good play by Asiata.

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Latest News

Vikings | MIN RBs share workload (Mon Oct 27, 08:48 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 43 snaps Sunday, Oct. 26, while RB Matt Asiata played 27. McKinnon accounted for 61 percent of the offensive snaps, while Asiata played 39 percent.

Our View: It's more of a RBBC than fantasy owners wanted to see. In games that Minnesota is not going to get blown out, this could be the game plan. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
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Vikings | Matt Asiata sees limited touches (Sun Oct 19, 05:56 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried just six times for 24 yards in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills, while posting one reception for 13 yards.

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Schedule

9vs Washington Redskins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Green Bay Packers
13vs Carolina Panthers
14vs New York Jets
15@ Detroit Lions
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Chicago Bears