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RB Jerick McKinnon - Minnesota Vikings

5-9, 209Born: 5-3-1992College: Georgia SouthernDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): McKinnon's slowdown in value is becoming a trend, with meager fantasy totals in three of the last four games. He still has PPR flex value and his volume makes him a desperation RB2, but he is becoming more difficult to trust in your lineup.

Week 12: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Vikings looked very sharp on the ground last week against a tough Rams run defense as they averaged nearly five yards per carry for 171 total rushing yards. Latavius Murray has been up and down this year, but he has kicked it into another gear for fantasy purposes in recent weeks. Over his last four games, Murray has scored four touchdowns while averaging just under 80 yards and 17 rush attempts per game. Over this four-game span, Murray ranks as the sixth highest scoring running back in standard formats. He is not providing much upside on the passing attack, but he has been a solid contributor with great volume from a pure rushing perspective. Jerick McKinnon has been much less reliable rushing the ball. Despite out-snapping Murray in every game this season, McKinnon is still consistently seeing fewer rush attempts in each game. He has not averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry in the last four games despite receiving 10 or more carries in each outing. The Lions were gashed on the ground for the second straight week as the Bears running backs racked up 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 24 carries last week. Running backs have definitely found success against this defense, amassing the fourth-most fantasy points per game while racking up nearly 100 rushing yards and one touchdown per game on average. This defensive front has really played poorly in recent weeks. Jarrad Davis got off to a hot start this season, but his play has really fallen off a cliff recently. The Lions have also notably allowed opposing quarterbacks to rush for over 50 yards in back to back weeks, with Brett Hundley rushing for 22 yards and a touchdown three weeks ago. Case Keenum is not known for his legs, but he can certainly tuck it and run when needed. Latavius Murray should also be looking to take advantage of the reeling Lions front seven as he should lead the Vikings backfield this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CLE 54 14 50 1 10 6 72 0 0 18.2
10 at WAS 31 10 32 0 2 2 15 0 0 4.7
11 vs LAR 45 14 48 0 7 5 12 0 0 6
12 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 11 * * 4 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 11 * * 5 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs LAR (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 12 / 0 rec)

McKinnon struggled to get going in this game on the ground as his longest carry on the day was just nine yards. McKinnon was still on the field for 62% of the snaps as his pass catching ability is still extremely valuable to this team. McKinnon caught five passes out of the backfield and most of them were check-downs including two which went for negative seven yards. At times, McKinnon tried to make a big play instead of taking what the defense gave to him and against a quick defense ended up hurting him as the plays went for negative yards as he had four plays on the day that went for negative yardage.

2017 Week 10 vs WAS (10 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

It has been a back and forth affair with Murray and McKinnon all season, but there seems to be more of a pattern developing lately. McKinnon is clearly the better pass catching back and plays a role on special teams, while Murray is used in more power and rushing situations. McKinnon averaged 3.2 yards per carry and had almost a third of his yards come on one carry. It has been a struggle in the Viking's backfield since Adrian Peterson left, but there seem to be more clear and defined roles for McKinnon and Murray now. Despite the gaudy passing numbers for Keenum, McKinnon only had 2 targets and was used very sparingly in the passing game. It will be interesting to see if the Viking's success throwing the ball this week opens anything up on the ground next week.

2017 Week 8 vs CLE (14 / 50 / 1 rush, 10 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)

Despite receiving fewer touches and coming off the bench today, McKinnon was the most effective Viking's running back. That is not saying much as he only averaged 3.6 yards per carry to Murray's 2.1, and had the same 10-yard rush as a long. McKinnon took his 10-yard rush right up the middle of the defense rather than off tackle. McKinnon's biggest contribution came in the second half with a 1-yard rushing touchdown off the right tackle and then a successful 2-point conversion. McKinnon was also the second-leading receiver for the Vikings in London and tied for the team lead with 10 total targets. This was not the best offensive game for the Vikings, but McKinnon still showed he is the most versatile running back. The coaching staff seems to be a week behind in picking their starting running back. Murray may have been the better back last week, but it was McKinnon that deserved the start today.

2017 Week 7 vs BAL (14 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

After earning the starting job with his recent performance, McKinnon was outplayed by Latavius Murray this week. The overall number of touches was almost identical at 17-18 favoring Murray, but McKinnon was unable to break the big play. Jerick still has the upper hand in the passing game and outpaced Murray 3-0. The brightest note for McKinnon today was not fumbling the ball today. This is an issue that has popped up since taking over as a starter but was kept in check today. McKinnon showed a greater ball security today, keeping the ball in tight and switching to the proper arm when changing sides of the field. It will be interesting to see who gets the starting nod next week, but the touch distribution is still expected to be about even. Zimmer was quoted saying they will ride the hot hand and it only takes one play for the explosive McKinnon to make the defense pay.

2017 Week 6 vs GB (16 / 69 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)

This was another all-around good game for McKinnon as he scored on both the ground and through the air today. However, ball security is starting to become an issue. For a running back that did not fumble once in college, he is starting to show some very poor habits in the NFL in how he carries the ball. Today's fumble was picked up by Clay Matthews and returned 63-yards. This is a theme that will need to be addressed if McKinnon wants to continue to be the starter. The first touchdown came on a 27-yard screen play where McKinnon was able to outrun the first line of defense and then follow his blockers all the way down the sideline and into the end zone. The second touchdown came on a 3-yard draw play and was upheld by video review after it looked like his knee may have touched before crossing the goal line. McKinnon has clearly passed Latavius Murray on the depth chart at this point and if he can fix his fumbling issues he may see his workload increase even more.

2017 Week 5 vs CHI (16 / 95 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

McKinnon appeared to be the only Viking that truly showed up on the offensive side of the ball and contributed to all aspects of the game. McKinnon rushed and caught the ball out of the backfield as well as returned kickoffs. McKinnon played with a reckless abandon for his body tonight and was hit hard by the Bears defense. There were several occasions where it looked like he might be knocked out of the game and merely bounced back up and returned to the huddle. McKinnon lead the team in both rushing and receiving and added a 58-yard rush off the right end for a touchdown to put the Vikings up 17-9. McKinnon out touched Murray for the game and may even be in line for the start next week after this performance.


Latest News

Vikings | Jerick McKinnon has decent outing (Thu Nov 23, 07:46 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed for 23 yards on 13 carries against the Detroit Lions in Week 12. He also caught one pass for 31 yards during the game.

Our View: Latavious Murray hit the long run Thursday, while McKinnon struggled to gain much traction. They split carries pretty evenly, but Murray had the better day. It can go either way week to week, though generally Murray gets better yards and McKinnon gets more catches. Murray also has found the end zone each of the last two games.
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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon totals 19 touches (Sun Nov 19, 06:41 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed 14 times for 48 yards in the Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Rams and he added five receptions for 12 yards on seven targets.

Our View: McKinnon is still posting acceptable numbers in PPR leagues, but he has been the lesser Vikings back in three of the last four weeks. The game against the Lions is on an indoor fast track and on the road, but McKinnon is more a flex than the RB1 he looked like a month ago.
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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon goes nowhere fast (Sun Nov 12, 08:51 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed 10 times for just 32 yards in Week 10 against the Washington Redskins and he added two receptions for 15 yards.

Our View: McKinnon wasn't needed as much in the passing game with the wideouts doing most of the work, and Latavius Murray converted the one rushing score in this one. He has been fading a bit, but probably still deserves at least PPR flex consideration against the Rams next week.
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