RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 234||Born: 7-24-1987||College: Utah||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): The Vikings offensive line was having trouble protecting Sam Bradford, but Asiata still ran effectively and he was a heavily-used receiver out of the backfield. He'll be in a committee with Jerick McKinnon, but McKinnon's ankle got dinged in Week 7, so Asiata is getting closer to being the feature back. Being the first option at the goal line makes him an everyweek flex, including next week against Chicago. If McKinnon can't go, Asiata will be a fantasy RB1.
Week 8: at Chicago Bears
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 5 vs HOU (14 / 55 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
While Matt Asiata carried the ball less than Jerick McKinnon (14 carries compared to McKinnon's 20) and was on the field less (34 offensive snaps compared to 41), he was actually more effective, averaging 3.9 yards per carry compared to McKinnon's paltry 1.8. The offensive line continues to be an issue, but they cleared the lane for him to score a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter to put the Vikings up 14-0. Asiata caught all three of the passes thrown his way, two for huge gains. The first was a screen pass he caught in the flat, turned upfield and took 23 yards to the Houston 15. The second was in the third quarter and virtually the exact same play as the 23-yard catch and run, flipped to the opposite side. In both cases, the defense was sucked in towards quarterback Sam Bradford and too slow to react, so Asiata was wide open with a huge stretch of grass in front on him. Asiata isn't The Flash, but he has just enough speed to be a problem for the defense and he was able to get 20 yards before they caught him.
2016 Week 4 vs NYG (6 / 6 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Asiata might occasionally get the starter label, but he's not the main back in this offense. Jerick McKinnon was on the field for 46 out of 74 offensive snaps compared to just 29 for Asiata. He did score the first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run where he bulled his way through the defensive line into the end zone. Asiata still sees some use as a receiver, but for the most part when he was on the field against the Giants, it was short yardage or he was just a blocker.
2016 Week 3 vs CAR (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Asiata got the start but he didn't get most of the work, which might have been to his body's benefit considering the pounding Jerick McKinnon took behind a shoddy offensive line. Without Matt Kalil, and after left guard Alex Boone departed, it was tough to get positive yards and even tougher to get into a rhythm when you touch the ball just seven times. Asiata did have a nice, powerful run in the second half where he gained 8 yards and a first down. It was the rare play where the offensive line managed to open a hole and Asiata took advantage of it. Overall though, Asiata was primarily a blocker, when he was on the field at all.
2016 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Asiata got most of the touches with Adrian Peterson out, but given the lack of runs altogether (Asiata and Jerick McKinnon combined for just eight), it's not much of an indicator as to who might replace Peterson. As with the entire backfield, Asiata struggled behind a poor offensive line and he made little to no headway against the Packers front.
2016 Week 1 vs TEN (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Relegated to a few short yardage attempts, Asiata had very little luck behind the Vikings' shaky offensive line. He was met at or behind the line.
Latest NewsVikings | Matt Asiata struggles (Sun Oct 23, 04:54 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata had 55 yards rushing in a 21-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 23. Our View: Asiata seemed to pull even, if not ahead of Jerick McKinnon in this performance. He also caught six passes for 25 yards. McKinnon also got a little banged up to help Asiata's cause. He was also stuffed on a fourth and goal or an even better fantasy day was there despite the lackluster offensive day. Next week against Chicago should be a better week for the Vikings offensively.
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