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RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Asiata suffered a concussion in the Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears.
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Asiata is the lead back again for the Vikings, and he is being heavily involved in the passing game in addition to being an automatic option inside the five. He's worth a flex look at Miami this week, if not an RB2 play if your options are thin.

General News (Fri Dec 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 16: at Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matt Asiata handled 18 touches on the football at Detroit last week, with 11/36/1 rushing and 7/50/0 receiving - he's the best of the remaining backs in Minnesota and will likely see a similar workload in Weeks 16 and 17. The Dolphins' rush D is ranked 22nd in the NFL averaging 122.4 yards given up per game, with 10 rushing scores given away to date. They allowed 29/108/2 to the Patriots last week, and 31/183/2 to the Dolphins two weeks ago. This is a good matchup for Asiata.

Recent Stats and Projections

13 vs CAR 14 52 0 4 4 5 0 0
14 vs NYJ 19 54 0 4 3 10 0 0
15 at DET 11 36 1 7 7 50 0 0
16 at MIA PROJ-Dodds 14 * * 3 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 14 * * 5 * * *
16 at MIA PROJ-Bloom 16 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CAR (14 / 52 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 5 / 0 rec)

The run game was very lackluster with Jeremy McKinnon out, though overall Asiata had stretches where he ran the ball really well. Asiata is a very straightforward back. When the line is blocking well, he runs well. If he needs to create something on his own, the play will be less successful. He ran with good power, hitting open holes quickly and breaking early tackles. There were times when the line didn't block well and he was met at the line with a stack of Carolina Panthers defenders and he couldn't move the pile. The later the game got and the more clock Minnesota ate up, the more stacked the line got and the harder it was for Asiata to gain yards. Overall though, he did solid work even if he still doesn't look like a back who could handle all the carries.

2014 Week 14 vs NYJ (19 / 54 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

With Jerrick McKinnon out and Adrian Peterson still persona non grata in the NFL, the Vikings have leaned on Matt Asiata, which has been somewhat of a mixed bag. Asiata is a strong runner, but not a special one. He has some speed, but not a ton, doesn't make tacklers miss much and generally runs better north-south than anything else. As has been the case when he has run the ball, Asiata runs well when he gets blocking, and struggles a little when he doesn't. He did have some success outside, but he's not fast enough to really burn defenses that way. The Jets defense is also hard to gauge a running back by. Overall Asiata played well, but isn't a guy who you can lean on for more than just moving the chains a little bit at a time.

2014 Week 15 vs DET (11 / 36 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 50 / 0 rec)

Asiata was far more effective running the ball after a catch than out of the backfield. He would catch the ball, turn upfield and get a head of steam going before colliding--and going through or dragging--a defender. On one catch late in the first quarter, Asiata caught the ball and collided with a defender just short of the first down. He then spun and hit another defender and pushed the player across the line for a first down. Asiata isn't a special runner--he takes what the line gets him and that's about it--but he runs hard and will deliver a big hit at the finish. While he struggled against the #1 run defense in the NFL, he more than made up for it receiving the ball.


Latest News

Vikings | Matt Asiata should play (Fri Dec 19, 05:33 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

Our View: Asiata has been playing as the starter since Jerick McKinnon went on IR, and he has great flex appeal as the goal line back facing a suspect run defense this week.

Vikings | Matt Asiata limited again (Thu Dec 18, 06:15 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) was limited for a second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: He will see a lot of work this week, and if he scores, could have a very good day. We like Asiata as a sneaky play in daily games, and consider him a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues.
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Vikings | Limited practice for Matt Asiata (Wed Dec 17, 05:05 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: Asiata makes for an interesting RB2 with upside this week. The Vikings play the Dolphins in Week 16, and Miami has been getting gashed on the ground. Asiata is a tough inside runner, and he's surprisingly used more as a receiver than some think.
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Vikings | Ben Tate, Joe Banyard may see more time (Mon Dec 8, 05:16 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RBs Ben Tate and Joe Banyard could receive more carries, because head coach Mike Zimmer thought RB Matt Asiata received too many carries in Week 14. Asiata received 19 of the 23 carries during the game.

Our View: Asiata is an average talent--he's basically a fullback who runs hard and can catch a few passes out of the backfield. Tate was added earlier this year after the Browns released him. Banyard was a star RB at UTEP, but injuries slowed down his college career. The most talented back is arguably Banyard, but this looks like an ugly 3-headed RBBC that fantasy owners should avoid.
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