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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 (Mon Nov 23): Perish the thought of Adrian Peterson going down, but if he does, Asiata would get passing down and short yardage work.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Adrian Peterson was limited to 13/45/1 rushing and 2/16/0 receiving vs. Green Bay last week, after blowing up for 26/203/1 rushing with 2/13/0 receiving vs. Oakland two weeks ago. He's one of the elite running backs in the NFL with the capability to break games wide open at any time. The Falcons' rush D is first in the NFL averaging 87.4 yards allowed per game, but they've given up slightly more than one rushing TD per game on average this year with 11 surrendered. Over the past four weeks, the Falcons are ranked 17th in the NFL averaging 16.9 fantasy points given out to opposing running backs - the Colts posted just 27/74/0 rushing last week but Ahmad Bradshaw (9/32/0 rushing with 4/20/2 receiving) caught two TD passes; two games ago San Francisco posted 38/133/0 rushing vs. the Falcons before they went on bye. This looks like an attractive matchup for a dual-threat back like Peterson.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CHI 13 1 5 0 3 3 6 0 0 1.1
9 vs STL 13 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.4
10 at OAK 13 2 7 0 2 2 18 0 0 2.5
11 vs GB 14 0 0 0 1 1 9 0 0 0.9
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 1 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 1 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Asiata was only in for just over a dozen offensive snaps, but did catch the ball on a play very similar to one which went for a big gain just last week. On the play, Asiata flared out to the left and caught a short screen pass which he turned upfield and advanced for nine yards. Last week saw him the target of a dump off pass which he took up the sideline, while this one had him taking the ball inside. Last week's was an accident, but clearly the team likes what he can do in space at least a little bit and designed something that might take advantage of it.

2015 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Asiata continues to get a few looks here and there, half of which seem to come on passing plays. His biggest impact play came in the middle of the third quarter, with the Vikings facing a 3rd and 13 backed up at their own 11 yard line. On the play, Teddy Bridgewater dropped back to pass but the Oakland coverage unit did an excellent job shutting down the receivers. Seeing nobody open, Bridgewater scrambled to both buy some time and as he was scrambling, he saw Asiata running past and wisely flipped him the ball. Asiata had nothing but green space in front of him and scrambled for the first down and an 11-yard gain. Asiata moves deceptively well for a guy his size and while he won't see a ton of work while Adrian Peterson is healthy, he definitely is a guy both Bridgewater and the coaching staff feel they can count on.

2015 Week 9 vs STL (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Asiata had some key blocks on pass plays but was otherwise not involved in the offense much. He had a nice run to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime, but aside from that didn't do anything notable.

2015 Week 8 vs CHI (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)

For a large, goal line dude, Asiata catches the ball well and can be nimble. On one of his three catches, Asiata (a 12-yard catch and run), Asiata caught the ball in the flat, got some help from Stefon Diggs with a nice block and ran over a guy for the first down. Asiata isn't getting a ton of short yardage work right now, but it's clear that when he is in, Teddy Bridgewater isn't afraid of throwing to him.

2015 Week 7 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Asiata continues to get some snaps, but didn't see carries, instead being the target on checkdown passes from Teddy Bridgewater for minimal yards.

2015 Week 6 vs KC (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Asiata had a solid day, buoyed by the fact that he wasn't Adrian Peterson and therefore garnered less attention. He ran hard, fought for extra yards and adjusted well to defenders on the fly. He's only an occasional ball carrier though, and once the defense adjusted to seeing him back there, they were more effective against him.

2015 Week 4 vs DEN (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mostly on the field for blocking purposes (just 14 offensive snaps), Asiata got just one carry and with Adrian Peterson playing well, isn't even getting the end zone looks he got in 2014.

2015 Week 3 vs SD (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Asiata shared some drives with Jerick McKinnon when the team wanted to give Adrian Peterson a break. Asiata showed good skills as a receiver out of the backfield.

2015 Week 2 vs DET (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Matt Asiata ran very hard on the two carries he got, but his role in the offense has shrunk considerably this season with Adrian Peterson back. Even the short yardage chances he got before are gone

2015 Week 1 vs SF (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Matt Asiata didn't get any short yardage or goal line work because there was really none to be had with the Vikings offense struggling the way it was. Two of his three touches were on dump-off passes which he did a good job of catching and adding a few yards.


Latest News

Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 11 (Fri Nov 20, 03:54 PM) - Minnesota Vikings FS Robert Blanton (back) and OT Matt Kalil (toe) were limited during practice Friday, Nov. 20, and are listed as questionable for the Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers. RB Matt Asiata (quadriceps), LB Anthony Barr (hand, knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), DT Tom Johnson (concussion), LB Eric Kendricks (ribs), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder), WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.

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Vikings | Thursday practice report for Week 11 (Thu Nov 19, 06:42 PM) - Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 19. LB Anthony Barr (hand, knee) was limited during practice, while RB Matt Asiata (quadriceps), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), DT Tom Johnson (concussion), LB Eric Kendricks (rib), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder), WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) fully participated in practice.

Vikings | Wednesday practice report for Week 11 (Wed Nov 18, 06:04 PM) - Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 18. RB Matt Asiata (quadriceps), LB Anthony Barr (hand, knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle) and DT Tom Johnson (concussion) were limited. LB Eric Kendricks (ribs), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder), WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) participated fully.

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