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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 Oct 13): The Asiata era in Minnesota is over just like that. He was a reliable plodder, but the Vikings decided that reliable does not outweigh plodder. He could return to the waiver wire target list if Jerick McKinnon misses time.

Week 7: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Jerick McKinnon has moved ahead of Matt Asiata to become the lead running back for the Vikings - last week, McKinnon posted 11/40/0 rushing and 6/42/0 receiving against the hard-nosed Lions' D, while Asiata saw 2/-5/0 rushing and 1/18/0 receiving in his chances. Two weeks ago, McKinnon had 10 touches on the football (7/24/0 rushing with 3/22/0 receiving) to Asiata's 15/72/0 rushing but the word is that McKinnon is #1 for the Vikings going forwards. The Bills' rush D is ranked first in the NFL this season, averaging just 67.5 yards surrendered per game, and an impressive zero rushing scores surrendered to date. They held New England to 27/50/0 rushing last week, and limited Detroit to 20/69/0 on the ground two weeks ago. This is a bad matchup for the Vikings' reconstituted running back stable.

Recent Stats and Projections

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3 at NO 12 35 0 6 3 36 0 0
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
7 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 5 * * 2 * * *
7 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 2 * * *
7 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 10 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs ATL (20 / 78 / 3 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

While Jerick McKinnon had all the long runs, Matt Asiata did the dirty work and ran a lot of short yardage plays, and got three touchdowns from the six yard line or less. On all three scores, he barreled his way over defenders and through arm tackles. He doesn't have anything like breakaway speed and won't create a lot of plays on his own but he runs hard and his physicality will wear defenses down. On He is a nice compliment to McKinnon and on one play absolutely blasted a defender to clear the way for the smaller back.

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.

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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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Vikings | Matt Asiata a full go (Fri Oct 10, 05:10 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is probable for the team's Week 6 game.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata a full go (Thu Oct 9, 05:10 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (groin) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 9.

Our View: Asiata will be the lead back for the Vikings, and rookie Jerick McKinnon will be the second back in the rotation. With Teddy Bridgewater under center, it should help open things up for the ground game by keeping defenses honest. We like Asiata as a RB2 in PPR leagues this week against the Lions.
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Schedule

7@ Buffalo Bills
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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