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44 Matt Asiata RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/234 | Birthdate: 7/24/1987 | Birthplace: Garden Grove, CA, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Utah | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 78/57 | Average Draft Position: 151.00
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Projections
RushesRushYdsRushTDCatchesRecYdsRecTDFPTS
Week 5 (@GB) - Average13.542.51.04.027.0012
Week 5 (@GB) - Dave Richard13371426011
Week 5 (@GB) - Jamey Eisenberg14481428012
2014 Season - Average53.5209.52.05.536.5027
2014 Season - Dave Richard31108128010
2014 Season - Jamey Eisenberg763113965044
Current Player Ranking: 97
 
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
4471593.430
 
Red Zone Stats
RushAttRushYdRuTDRushPCTTargtRecRecYdsRecTDTargtPct
9253 45.03230 27.3
 
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Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
09/30/2014Greg Olsen, TE CAR
Matt Asiata, RB MIN
Randall Cobb, WR GB
Jeremy Kerley, WR NYJ
Pierre Thomas, RB NO
Julius Thomas, TE DEN
09/30/2014Dez Bryant, WR DAL
Khiry Robinson, RB NO
Matt Asiata, RB MIN
Randall Cobb, WR GB
09/30/2014Zach Ertz, TE PHI
Toby Gerhart, RB JAC
Matt Asiata, RB MIN
Dwayne Allen, TE IND
 
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Jerick McKinnon shows more upside than Matt Asiata Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) If you just look at the raw snap counts for Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in Week 4 against the Falcons, you might come away thinking Asiata was the workhorse and McKinnon is a change of pace back. After all, Asiata was on the field for 58 percent of the team's offensive plays, while McKinnon played the understudy role, with 42 percent of the role.

However, the numbers are a bit skewed by the first two drives, when Asiata played 13 consecutive snaps to open the game. It seemed like Asiata was in line for a huge workload Sunday, but McKinnon appears to have forced a change in the game plan. McKinnon opened the third drive with a 55-yard run, and the workload changed from that point on.

The Vikings played 63 offensive snaps from the start of the third drive, and McKinnon played 32 of them, with Asiata taking on 31. McKinnon touched the ball on 59.4 percent of his snaps as well, while Asiata touched the ball on just 48.4 percent of his snaps from that point on -- after getting eight touches on his first 13 plays.

Asiata seems likely to continue working as the primary ball carrier for the Vikings, but he just has not been particularly impressive, even accounting for his three-touchdown showing Sunday. McKinnon is less of a sure thing in this backfield given his workload, but he seems to have a much higher upside; even if you remove his 55-yard scamper, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry to Asiata's 3.9.

If you have to own one player in Minnesota, it should be Asiata. He is the starter, and it seems like the team is going to keep going back to him. However, McKinnon is the lottery ticket here. The Georgia Southern product has the higher upside in this backfield, and he might keep forcing the Vikings to change their plans moving forward. 

Vikings to keep using committee at running back
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he'll keep using running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon as a committee, with McKinnon as the "change-of-pace back," reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"I hope we can continue to grow his role, but I don't think he's going to be an every-down player right now," Zimmer said of McKinnon, who exploded for 135 rushing yards on 18 carries Sunday.

Asiata will continue to start after running for 78 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.

Matt Asiata has company in Jerick McKinnon
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/14) It was a strange afternoon for the Vikings' Matt Asiata Week 4 against Atlanta. While on the one hand, he had a career-best performance, scoring three times on runs of 1, 3 and 6 yards, he was only the Vikings second-leading rusher on the day, outperformed by rookie Jerick McKinnon.

Granted, Asiata's rushing was a drastic improvement from his previous two games, when he averaged 2.8 yards per carry. The Vikings saw fit to give him 20 carries, and he gained 78 yards with them. But while Asiata's longest run was 12 yards, McKinnon broke free for 55 yards early in the second quarter en route to 135.  He nearly had a touchdown of his own just before halftime, but it was overturned by an official review.

McKinnon was clearly the more explosive of the two backs and probably earned a larger share of the workload as a result. And if Asiata goes back to doing what he had been doing against defenses better equipped to stop him, I could see McKinnon overtaking him outright.

For now, Asiata remains the better choice for Week 5 at Green Bay, but you'll want to handcuff him in Fantasy.

Matt Asiata becomes acquainted with the end zone Week 4
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/14) Vikings running back Matt Asiata made a couple trips to the end zone Week 4.

Asiata led the team with 20 carries, though he was overshadowed in yardage by rookie Jerick McKinnon. Asiata made his carries count, though, plunging in three scores during the contest. Asiata was truly a short-yardage battering ram, scoring from 1, 3 and 6 yards. He also hauled in three passes for 22 yards. 

Asiata will take on the Packers Week 5. 

Falcons' troubles could spell good things for Vikings backs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/14) Neither Matt Asiata nor Jerick McKinnon has taken advantage of their increased playing time since the opportunity presented itself for the Vikings, but Week 4 against the Falcons might be their best chance yet.

Asiata and McKinnon were targeted a combined nine times in Week 3 once Teddy Bridgewater took over under center, and that could work out well against the Falcons. Only two teams have allowed more receiving yards to running backs through three games than the Falcons, who have been diced for 224 yards on 23 receptions out of the backfield.

Asiata is likely to see the majority of the work yet again this week, and is the better Fantasy option of the two. His underwhelming numbers might make you want to stay away, but the Falcons have surrendered 25.7 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs so far, the third-highest total in the league.

Asiata should be considered a decent starting option for Week 4, perhaps as a No. 2 Fantasy running back. McKinnon makes for a much less glamorous option, and should be looked at only as a desperation play in PPR leagues. 

 
 
Game Log
SeptemberRushingReceivingFumbles
GamedateOppResultGSAttYdsAvgLgTDRecYdsAvgLgTDFumRecYdsTD
9/7@STLW 34-6No2105.050155.0500000
9/14NEL 7-30Yes13362.8705489.62510100
9/21@NOL 9-20Yes12352.98033612.04100000
9/28ATLW 41-28Yes20783.91233227.31200000
Total  3471593.4123121119.34110100
OctoberRushingReceivingFumbles
GamedateOppResultGSAttYdsAvgLgTDRecYdsAvgLgTDFumRecYdsTD
10/2@GB               
10/12DET               
10/19@BUF               
10/26@TB               
NovemberRushingReceivingFumbles
GamedateOppResultGSAttYdsAvgLgTDRecYdsAvgLgTDFumRecYdsTD
11/2WAS               
11/16@CHI               
11/23GB               
11/30CAR               
DecemberRushingReceivingFumbles
GamedateOppResultGSAttYdsAvgLgTDRecYdsAvgLgTDFumRecYdsTD
12/7NYJ               
12/14@DET               
12/21@MIA               
12/28CHI               
Yearly TotalRushingReceivingFumbles
GSAttYdsAvgLgTDRecYdsAvgLgTDFumRecYdsTD
  3471593.4123121119.34110100
 
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2012Minnesota Vikings160393.05000
2013Minnesota Vikings111441663.8393111
2014Minnesota Vikings43471593.412308
TOTAL314943343.6396119
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2012Minnesota Vikings160122.020000
2013Minnesota Vikings1115132.680001
2014Minnesota Vikings43121119.3411212
TOTAL314181267.0411213
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2012Minnesota Vikings1635518.32200
2013Minnesota Vikings1122814.02000
2014Minnesota Vikings400---000
TOTAL3158316.62200
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Minnesota Vikings1643.010000.0000
2013Minnesota Vikings1154.010000.0000
2014Minnesota Vikings400.000000.0000
TOTAL3197.020000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Minnesota Vikings1600000000
2013Minnesota Vikings1111000000
2014Minnesota Vikings400010010
TOTAL3111010010
 
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