Fantasy Football News & Views

Search for order by

BAL  BUF  CIN  CLE  DEN  HOU  IND  JAX  KC  LAC  LV  MIA  NE  NYJ  PIT  TEN  
ARI  ATL  CAR  CHI  DAL  DET  GB  LAR  MIN  NO  NYG  PHI  SEA  SF  TB  WAS  

QB   RB   WR   TE   PK   |    All Non-IDP    |    DT   DE   DL   ILB   OLB   LB   CB   S   DB     |      Footballguys View     |     All the news     |     FBG News Blogger Archive


Got Scoop? Click Here to send us your breaking news!
RSS Feed:             News Items Powered By:USA Today - Fantasy Score

  NFL | Matt Asiata inks deal with AAF    Fri Feb 8, 09:57 PM

Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Lions) has signed with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.

Footballguys view: Asiata was undrafted out of BYU back in 2011 and had a few stops in the NFL. His most recent spot, the Lions, didn't last long and he was out of the NFL in 2018. Asiata is a power back who we'll monitor in this new league.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Saints | Several players work out for Saints    Tue Oct 17, 06:25 PM

Free-agents RBs Dexter McCluster (Chargers), Shaun Draughn (Giants), Khiry Robinson (Jets), Ka'Deem Carey (Bears), Matt Asiata (Vikings) and WR Paul Turner (Eagles) worked out for the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Link to story
Dexter McCluster player page
Matt Asiata player page
Shaun Draughn player page
Khiry Robinson player page
KaDeem Carey player page
Paul Turner player page


  Lions | Matt Asiata released    Fri Sep 1, 04:36 PM

Detroit Lions RB Matt Asiata was released Friday, Sept. 1.

Footballguys view: Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington have one less competitor for big back goal line carries.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Lions | Matt Asiata on borderline    Thu Jun 29, 03:33 AM

Detroit Lions RB Matt Asiata may be on the borderline if the Lions decide to keep five running backs, but if the Lions carry four backs then Asiata may be on the sideline.

Footballguys view: Asiata is a limited back who is solid in close quarters and can catch the ball but isn't an every down back by any stretch. If the Lions are looking to move away from a fullback on carries, everything Asiata can do is something another back can do, and better. We get the feeling Asiata is a long shot to make the final roster.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Lions | Detroit adding Matt Asiata    Fri May 26, 08:13 PM

Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Vikings) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Friday, May 26, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Asiata joins a Lions backfield to give them another power option behind Zach Zenner. Ameer Abdullah is likely the lead back, but he's not built to be a grinder in the NFL. That's where Zenner comes in...and oh yeah, Theo Riddick will still be a fine pass-catching option for the Lions in 2017. Asiata is no lock for the final roster.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Lions | Matt Asiata not signed by Lions    Mon May 15, 05:30 PM

Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Vikings) was not given an offer following his participation in the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp last week.

Footballguys view: Asiata is a TD hog, but if he can't stick with a team like the Lions then it will be tough for him to land elsewhere. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell insists they're happy with the current backs in place.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Door open for Matt Asiata return    Sat Mar 11, 01:31 PM

Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Vikings) is looking at other teams and waiting for some of the top free-agent running backs to sign, but he has not ruled out a return to the Minnesota Vikings.

Footballguys view: We're surprised Buffalo hasn't wanted another fullback after signing two already this offseason...(we're being sarcastic of course). Asiata has not found a ton of interest for his services out there, so returning to the Vikings might be his best bet.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata to test market    Sat Mar 4, 03:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Matt Asiata plans to test the free-agent market and there is a decent chance that he does not re-sign with the Vikings, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Good luck with that. Asiata is entering his age-30 season and the RB class in the 2017 draft is quite deep. Asiata managed just 3.32 YPC on his 121 carries in 2016, finishing with 402 yards. He also added 32 catches for 263 yards.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata will be free agent    Sat Jan 14, 04:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: The Vikings could always bring back Asiata for a good price. The draft is chock full of very good running backs, so the market should be cool for Asiata's services.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata posts 64 total yards    Sun Dec 25, 05:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed for 34 yards on six carries against the Green Bay Packers in Week 16. He also caught three passes for 30 yards during the game.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata will play in Week 15    Sun Dec 18, 02:03 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) will be active in the team's Week 15 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata listed as questionable    Fri Dec 16, 08:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 16, and is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata takes part in practice    Thu Dec 15, 03:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 15.

Footballguys view: The Colts are a shaky run defense, but the Vikings offensive line isn't very much help blocking for run plays. Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will split carries and likely both put up about the same numbers, somewhere in the RB3 neighborhood.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata practices in full    Wed Dec 14, 04:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata finds end zone    Mon Dec 12, 01:34 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed 11 times for a team-high 37 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also had two catches for 14 yards on his two targets.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata scores again    Thu Nov 24, 04:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata totaled 41 yards and a touchdown, including three catches, Thursday, Nov. 24.

Footballguys view: Asiata had a pretty solid game and converted some important downs. He looked more effective against the Lions defense than he has in some time.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata on track to play    Fri Nov 18, 06:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata takes part in practice    Thu Nov 17, 03:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 17.

Footballguys view: The Vikings aren't running the ball well, but Asiata could always have his fantasy value boosted by short-yardage TD runs. Against the Cardinals we have him as a RB4/flex play.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata full go    Wed Nov 16, 06:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Footballguys view: It's going to be tough sledding on the ground for the Vikings this week. The Cardinals have the 12th-best rush defense as they only allow an average of 100 rushing yards per game. That makes Asiata a RB3 for fantasy owners.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata grinds out 78 total yards    Tue Nov 1, 12:35 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Week 8 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 31, and he added two receptions for 36 yards on five targets.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | 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.

Footballguys 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.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata finds the end zone    Sun Oct 9, 07:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the Houston Texans. He also hauled in three receptions for 46 yards.

Footballguys view: Asiata ran stronger as the game went on and got the "finisher" carries and a goal line carry to make for a very good fantasy day. He might be the better running back pick in the Vikings backfield when the team is heavily favored, and he's worth owning in all formats, even heading into the team's bye.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata finds the end zone    Tue Oct 4, 12:03 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed six times for just six yards in the Week 4 game against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 3, but he was able to run in for a score. Asiata also added two catches for 12 yards.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata has quiet Week 3    Sun Sep 25, 04:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed for 15 yards on six carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. He also caught one pass for four yards.

Footballguys view: Asiata was announced as the starter, but he couldn't find room to run behind the ineffective Vikings line, especially after they lost Alex Boone. Jerick McKinnon outplayed Asiata and should get the start against the stout Giants run defense next week.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata to start Week 3    Sun Sep 25, 12:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata will be the starting running back for the Vikings in Week 3.

Footballguys view: Jerick McKinnon was slated to be the starter earlier this week, but the Vikings are going with the more rugged three-down back to start. Both will get a lot of work and we expect McKinnon to do more and earn more work because the VIkings offensive line is not opening the holes that the north-south Asiata needs for success.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon will start    Wed Sep 21, 02:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon will be the starting running back with RB Adrian Peterson (knee) sidelined. He likely will play at least 60 percent of the snaps.

Footballguys view: We have a bit of clarity here, but know that McKinnon is going to lose out on some high-value touches if/when the team gets near pay dirt. RB Matt Asiata will also receive playing time and likely will handle the goal line carries.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page
Jerick McKinnon player page


  Vikings | Minnesota will split work for backs     Mon Sep 19, 04:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could see a 65/35 split between carries if RB Adrian Peterson (knee) misses any time, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Footballguys view: We could see McKinnon work as the team's change-of-pace back, and Asiata could be featured on early-down and goal-line situations. Fantasy owners need to monitor Peterson's progress. Neither McKinnon or Asiata should be considered more than RB3 level because of this split and uncertain nature of this situation.

Link to story
Adrian Peterson player page
Matt Asiata player page
Jerick McKinnon player page


  Vikings | Financials for Matt Asiata    Tue Mar 29, 02:10 AM

The one-year deal for Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is for $760,000 in salary with a $60,000 bonus. He also has a $500,000 playing time bonus, as well as incentives for rush yards and receptions.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata re-signs with Vikes    Wed Mar 16, 06:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata re-signed to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, March 16.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata not close to deal    Mon Mar 7, 05:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Matt Asiata is not close to an agreement with the Vikings. Asiata has received interest from several teams.

Footballguys view: It's going to be interesting to see what kind of market Asiata has. The RB/FB 'tweener may move on in free agency. Jerick McKinnon is already the primary backup to Adrian Peterson, and Asiata may want a larger role.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata to re-sign with Vikings?    Wed Mar 2, 08:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Matt Asiata is wanted back by the Vikings.

Footballguys view: Asiata is a solid short yardage back who can actually catch the ball well. He was an effective part of a one-two punch with Jerick McKinnon in 2014 with Adrian Peterson out and the Vikings would be smart to keep him around.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  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.

Link to story
Tom Johnson player page
Matt Asiata player page
Justin Trattou player page
Robert Blanton player page
Sharrif Floyd player page
Adam Thielen player page
Anthony Barr player page
Eric Kendricks player page


  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.

Tom Johnson player page
Matt Asiata player page
Justin Trattou player page
Sharrif Floyd player page
Adam Thielen player page
Anthony Barr player page
Eric Kendricks player page


  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.

Link to story
Tom Johnson player page
Matt Asiata player page
Justin Trattou player page
Sharrif Floyd player page
Adam Thielen player page
Anthony Barr player page
Eric Kendricks player page


  Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 7    Fri Oct 23, 05:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) are out for Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. RB Matt Asiata (rib), T.J. Clemmings (knee), CB Terence Newman (ankle), WR Jarius Wright (hand), CB Captain Munnerlyn (thumb) and DE Everson Griffen (illness) are probable. Floyd and Trattou did not practice Friday, Oct. 23, while the others were all full participants.

Link to story
Terence Newman player page
Captain Munnerlyn player page
Everson Griffen player page
Matt Asiata player page
Justin Trattou player page
Jarius Wright player page
Sharrif Floyd player page


  Vikings | Thursday practice report for Week 7    Thu Oct 22, 05:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 22. RB Matt Asiata (rib), OT T.J. Clemmings (knee) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were limited, while WR Jarius Wright (hand), CB Captain Munnerlyn (thumb) and DE Everson Griffen (illness) practiced in full. CB Joshua Robinson was removed from the report.

Link to story
Terence Newman player page
Captain Munnerlyn player page
Everson Griffen player page
Matt Asiata player page
Justin Trattou player page
Josh Robinson player page
Jarius Wright player page
Sharrif Floyd player page


  Vikings | Wednesday injury report for Week 7    Wed Oct 21, 06:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle), DE Everson Griffen (illness) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 21. RB Matt Asiata (rib), OT T.J. Clemmings (knee) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were limited during practice, while WR Jarius Wright (hand) fully participated in practice.

Terence Newman player page
Everson Griffen player page
Matt Asiata player page
Justin Trattou player page
Jarius Wright player page
Sharrif Floyd player page


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson limited by finger    Wed Oct 21, 05:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 21. Peterson left RB Matt Asiata to the running back duties for the final few plays in Week 6 after hurting his finger.

Footballguys view: Peterson should still be able to go against the Lions this week. He's at his usual high-end RB1 status.

Link to story
Adrian Peterson player page
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata out in goal-line situations?    Mon Jul 27, 10:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know?,' Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: Asiata is not overly talented, but he has fantasy relevance because of his nose for the end zone. It sounds like he's going to be sitting on the bench when the Vikings get close to pay dirt this season.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata should have role    Thu Jul 9, 03:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata likely will be used in short-yardage situations this season.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata returning to Minnesota    Mon Mar 9, 08:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent RB Matt Asiata will sign a new one-year deal with the Vikings, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Nobody knows what is going to happen with Adrian Peterson, and that uncertainty clouds the future value of Asiata.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata listed as probable    Fri Dec 26, 06:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Asiata is a terrific play again this week with the Minnesota offense coming together and the Chicago team unraveling.

Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata takes part in practice    Thu Dec 25, 05:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.

Footballguys view: Asiata can smash it up between the tackles, and the team is giving him a starter's workload. He's a RB1 for those playing in Week 17.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata practices in full    Wed Dec 24, 04:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: Asiata should finish as a top-5 fantasy RB in Week 17 against the Bears. Make sure to have him in your lineup if you're playing a championship.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  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.

Footballguys 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.

Matt Asiata player page


  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.

Footballguys 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.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  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.

Footballguys 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.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  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.

Footballguys 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.

Link to story
Ben Tate player page
Matt Asiata player page
Joe Banyard player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata starting Sunday    Sun Nov 30, 12:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is active Sunday, Nov. 30, and will start at running back.

Footballguys view: If you have to take a stab at the Vikings running game in daily fantasy, it looks like Asiata is the call.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page


  Vikings | Matt Asiata listed as probable    Fri Nov 28, 06:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is probable for Week 13.

Footballguys view: We'll see Asiata and Ben Tate as the lead backs for the Vikings this week. Both are only 'what the heck' flex worthy in Week 13.

Link to story
Matt Asiata player page