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RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 22): Asiata has a low weekly ceiling, but he's the starter and involved enough in the passing game to remain a flex. He could even have some surprise value if Teddy Bridgewater is ready for prime time.

Week 4: vs Atlanta Falcons

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at STL 2 10 0 1 1 5 0 0
2 vs NE 13 36 0 7 5 48 1 0
3 at NO 12 35 0 6 3 36 0 0
4 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds 14 * * 3 * * *
4 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay 16 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs STL (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Asiata only got into the game briefly, but ran the ball well with his chances. He showed some burst on his first carry in the second quarter and made a nice catch and run in the fourth quarter on a dump pass from Matt Cassel. He is well behind Adrian Peterson in the pecking order and was only on the field for 14 snaps (or 14 percent of the offensive snaps). His role is very limited.

2014 Week 2 vs NE (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 48 / 1 rec)

A third year running back out of Utah, Matt Asiata is a plodding back who looked very limited on Sunday. Aside from a 25-yard touchdown reception, he was stymied by the Patriots defense and unable to create many positive plays. The offensive line didn't help, as they didn't open many holes for him and weren't clearing lanes. When they did, Asiata didn't show off much speed or power and was limited in his ability to create extra yards. Asiata's touchdown showed off a nice bit of running though. On the play, he cut out on a short route towards the sideline where he found himself wide open. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw him the ball and he accelerated down the sideline. Nobody even came close to him until he crossed the plane of the goal line. His low point was when a ball came off his hands in the fourth quarter and was intercepted. On the play, Asiata was running a crossing route and Cassel threw the ball a little hard, almost directly at the back's head. Asiata got his hands on it but the ball deflected off of them and fell to a Patriots defender.

2014 Week 3 vs NO (12 / 35 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Asiata got the start and had more touches as well as yards than his backfield mate Jerick McKinnon, but the backfield is not terribly effective without Adrian Peterson. He had a great catch and run after rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater entered the game. On the play, Asiata ran a short outlet route and Bridgewater hit him with a pass. Asiata was all alone and turned upfield. He was 25 yards downfield before the first defender reached him and Asiata dodged him, and the back added another 16 yards before being brought down. It was a nice run, though it is clear Asiata doesn't quite have anything like breakaway speed and will need blocking and open space for those big gains. He also will need more help from the offensive line--especially a shaky left side of the line--as he can't create as many plays by himself.


Latest News

Vikings | Adrian Peterson out indefinitely (Wed Sep 17, 02:05 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list and will be out indefinitely.

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Vikings | NFL reviewing Adrian Peterson case (Sun Sep 14, 12:28 PM) - Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's case will be reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to league spokesman Brian McCarthy.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata expected to carry load (Fri Sep 12, 11:28 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata figures to get a majority of the touches in Week 2 against the New England Patriots with RB Adrian Peterson deactivated. RB Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see touches.

Our View: Against the Patriots in Week 2, we like Asiata as a mid-level RB2. This change of events with the Vikings has caused fantasy owners to scramble. We don't know if/when Adrian Peterson will be back. Just know that Minnesota's ground game won't be as effective without him.
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