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Minnesota Vikings
Position
RB
 
Jersey
44
Name  Matt Asiata
Born  7/24/1987
Height  5-11
Weight  220
College  Utah
11/20/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata (concussion) did not practice again Thursday.
Insight: He is in the first stage of the concussion protocol and with Minnesota claiming Ben Tate off of waivers, there seems to be more than a hint that Asiata could miss Week 12. Jerick McKinnon would see a nice bump in value since Tate still doesn't know the playbook.
 
11/19/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: He is in the first stage of the concussion protocol, and with Minnesota claiming Ben Tate off of waivers, there seems to be a hint that Asiata could miss Week 12. Jerick McKinnon would see a nice bump in value.
 
11/16/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata had just four touches for 14 yards against the Bears.
Insight: That's a huge disappointment after his three-touchdown day two weeks ago. Fantasy owners were likely hoping Asiata would take advantage to the matchup, but the Chicago offense held Minnesota to just 46 offensive plays and no attempts at the goal line.
 
11/2/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns on Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: Asiata remains fantasy relevant as a goalie-vulture. He had 10 carries for just 26 yards. Once again, fantasy owners are unsure which Vikings running back is the better guy to start.
 
Cold10/15/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he would like to get running back Matt Asiata more touches and rookie Jerick McKinnon fewer touches this week according to WGR.
Insight: Why? Besides the game against the Falcons where Asiata scored three touchdowns, he has not done much to help the team. And even in that game, McKinnon outgained Asiata yardage wise. Asiata has averaged 3.5 yards per carry versus McKinnon's 5.0. The biggest reason for putting Asiata on the field more than the 15 snaps he saw in Week 6 were to help in pass protection. Asiata could continue to score on occasion, but McKinnon is still the back to owe in Minnesota.
 
Cold10/13/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: It's clear that Vikings running back Matt Asiata is no longer the focal point of the running game after seeing just 15 snaps and two carries Sunday versus the Lions.
Insight: Asiata was dealing with a groin injury but that had not kept him out of practice. At this point Jerick McKinnon is the guy to roster.
 
10/9/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata is listed on the Week 6 injury report, but he is practicing this week.
Insight: Asiata has a groin injury but that has not kept him out of practice. He has a tough matchup in Week 6 against the Lions, but he can still be a viable FLEX start.
 
Hot9/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored three times from in close to make fantasy owners who stuck by him extremely happy.
Insight: Besides the three touchdowns, Asiata also ran for 78 yards and caught three for 22 yards. That's the good news. The bad news is that rookie running back Jerick McKinnon played so well the Vikings backfield is destined to be a shared situation.
 
9/21/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata has poor game versus New Orleans.
Insight: He had 12 rushing attempts for only 35 yards, and it is evident how much Minnesota is missing Adrian Peterson. Asiata did chip in three catches for 36 yards, but it was not enough as the Vikings fell to the Saints. Backup Jerick McKinnon was also unable to make his presence felt, totaling eight yards on four touches.
 
9/18/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he will use both Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in Sunday's game against the Saints according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Turner added that he might use one back over the other if someone gets a hot hand. Asiata will have the first opportunity to get the hot hand as he will more than likely be the starter. Asiata gained 99 yards on 21 touches against the Patriots last week, but it might be difficult for the 27-year-old to reproduce those numbers. Asiata is the safer start this week, but McKinnon is the better add long term.
 
Hot9/16/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: ProFootballTalk reports that it should not be a surprise if the Vikings reverse their decision to activate running back Adrian Peterson for Week 3.
Insight: That means Matt Asiata has a decent chance to start again against New Orleans. He rushed 13 times fo 36 yards and caught five passes for 48 yards with a touchdown versus New England in Week 2. In a pinch, he is a viable FLEX or RB2 option in 12 or 14 team leagues.
 
Hot9/14/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Minnesota backup running back Matt Asiata isn't Adrian Peterson. OK, you already knew that.
Insight: Still, he wasn't horrible even in the 30-7 blowout. He managed 36 yards rushing and 48 yards and a touchdown receiving for a solid double-digit afternoon. Rookie Jerick McKinnon was not a factor.
 
9/14/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Minnesota backup running back Matt Asiata takes over as the starter with Adrian Peterson sidelined by legal issues.
Insight: Asiata rushed for 115 yards in the season finale last year and should be a viable fantasy option. Rookie Jerick McKinnon should slot in as the change of pace back and receiver 6-8 attempts.
 
12/29/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Minnesota halfback Matt Asiata ran for a career-high 115 yards on 14 carries Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: He did lose a fumble but other than that, Asiata was phenomenal in his second start of the season. Obviously, he won't be of any use next season when Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart (depending on if Minnesota re-signs him) are both healthy again.
 
12/29/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata, who was a huge surprise in Week 15, touching the ball 33 times and coming away with three touchdowns, could once again be a factor in Week 17.
Insight: The Vikings put both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart on the inactive list.
 
12/22/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata who was a huge surprise last week, touching the ball 33 times and coming away with three touchdowns, is inactive for Week 16.
Insight: Asiata wasn't going to play with Arian Peterson and Toby Gerhart back in the lineup.
 
12/15/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata came into Sunday's game with three carries all season, but with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out he touched the ball 33 times and came away with three touchdowns.
Insight: Asiata only had 51 yards despite getting 30 carries against the Eagles, but as we know all it takes is a touchdown or two to bring home a big fantasy score.
 
12/15/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: Seldom used running back Matt Asiata will make the start in Week 15 for the Minnesota Vikings.
Insight: Both Adrian Peterson and Tobt Gerhart are inactive. Despite the obvious heavy workload he'll get, we're not sure that you want to start Asiata against an improving Eagles defense.
 
9/12/2013 11:15:00 PM
Description: Vikings halfback Matt Asiata expects to start on Sunday against the Patriots according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.
Insight: Adrian Peterson has been deactivated due to his indictment of child abuse. Asiata will get a majority of the carriers against the weak rush-defense of New England with fellow running back Kerick McKinnon getting some touches as well.
 

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