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RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. As expected, Jerrick McKinnon took over the lead role for the Vikings at Buffalo, and put together 101 yards combined in that effort (19/103/0 rushing and 2/-2/0 receiving). Matt Asiata had 6/24/0 rushing and 1/13/0 in his new change-of-pace role. The tandem isn't making people forget Adrian Peterson, but they are providing an effective ground game for the Vikings. The Buccaneers' rush D is soft this year, ranking 25th in the NFL averaging 128.3 yards allowed per game, with seven rushing scores given up over six games played. They were on bye last week, but handed over 35/169/1 to Baltimore and 29/140/2 to the Saints in their two prior games. Advantage, Minnesota.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs ATL 20 78 3 4 3 22 0 0
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 PROJ-Dodds 5 * * 2 * * *
8 at TB PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 2 * * *
8 at TB PROJ-Bloom 6 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs GB (15 / 72 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Asiata got most of the touches, but managed to fumble the ball as well in the second quarter so it was a mixed bag of a night. His 4.8 yards per carry was a step up from his 3.7 yard average. The fumble was more of a great job by Packers safety Morgan Burnett than it was a poor one by Asiata. He was holding the ball tightly and Burnett attacked the side Asiata had the ball on and appeared to get his hand right on the ball to punch it out as he took the big back down. Asiata also had a few drops on easy passes, though his first one came when the rain was coming down during the first quarter. The second one could have been ruled a catch but was broken up by cornerback Casey Hayward. Asiata had the ball briefly and had he taken another step, the ball might have been considered caught and the play would have been another turnover. Overall Asiata had some success on the ground despite some iffy line play, but the Vikings were so far behind so immediately that they didn't run the ball a ton.

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.


Latest News

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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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon a lone bright spot (Mon Oct 13, 02:31 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon received his first start of his career in the team's Week 6 loss to the Detroit Lions. He had 11 carries for 40 yards and also a team-high six catches for 42 yards, as he was the lone bright spot of the offense. RB Matt Asiata had only two carries for negative five yards and one catch for 18 yards in the game. It was the first time Asiata didn't have double-digit carries since RB Adrian Peterson has been out.

Our View: There is a changing of the guard in Minnesota that fantasy owners need to recognize. McKinnon is the more explosive player, and he's a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Adjust your projections and expectations accordingly for both McKinnon and Asiata.
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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon takes over (Mon Oct 13, 09:08 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 58 offensive snaps in Week 6, while RB Matt Asiata played in just 15. McKinnon had 11 rushes for 40 yards and a team-high six catches for 42 yards.

Our View: The switch has happened in Minnesota. Asiata is a glorified fullback, and he's limited every time he touches the football. McKinnon is a dynamic athlete with the ability to make big plays happen out of nothing. We should see a similar split going forward, and fantasy owners need to take note.
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