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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%: 68/32 | Average Draft Position: 151.00
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Vikings list final injury report for Miami game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Vikings have ruled out linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) and guard Charlie Johnson (ankle) out for Sunday's contest against Miami, per the team's final injury report. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) was deemed as doubtful, while safety Robert Blanton (ankle, knee) was deemed as questionable.

Meanwhile, running back Matt Asiata (foot), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), linebacker Chad Greenway (non-injury related), wide receiver Greg Jennings (hamstring), safety Andrew Sendejo (thumb), defensive end Brian Robison (ankle), defensive tackle Linval Joseph (illness) and cornerback Xavier Rhodes (wrist).


Turner: Matt Asiata to get bulk of carries Sunday against Dolphins


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) After it was reported the Vikings were going to use a running-back-by-committee approach once Jerrick McKinnon was lost for the season, offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Thursday Matt Asiata will get the majority of the carries when Minnesota travels to Miami Sunday.

"Well, Matt I think showed, I think he's shown throughout, but he's showed in the game that he's a guy that gives us the best all-around running, catching, [pass] protection," Turner said Thursday. "He had an outstanding game so I would expect Matt to get the bulk of the work and when there's opportunity to get someone else in there we'll do it."

Asiata is averaging 3.3 yards per carry this season with seven rushing touchdowns. Running backs Joe Banyard and Ben Tate appear to be on the back burner after Tate has had just 38 yards on 13 carries since going the Vikings. While Banyard has just 45 yards on 10 carries. 


Vikings RB Matt Asiata limited with foot injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Vikings running back Matt Asiata was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Asiata has received at least 12 touches in four of the past five games entering Week 16 at Miami.

Receptions keeping Matt Asiata viable


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) Let's face it: Vikings running back Matt Asiata isn't a great rusher. With his 11 carries for 36 yards Week 15 at Detroit, he's now averaging 3.3 yards per carry, or 3.0 since Jerick McKinnon went down in Week 13. But he makes up for it at least to some degree with his receiving.

Never was it more evident than in Week 15, when he caught seven passes for 50 yards, both season highs. Maybe that's the ceiling of what he can do, but he hasn't had less than three catches since Week 7, averaging 4.2 in six games.

Certainly in PPR leagues, that gives him a big boost in value, but the potential for an extra 20-plus yards makes a difference in standard leagues as well, especially since he's really the Vikings' only choice to carry the ball at the goal line, provided they make it there.

He's not an ideal start, particularly for a playoff-caliber Fantasy team, but for Week 16 at Miami, a team that has struggled against the run, you could do worse if you get in a pinch.


Vikings' Matt Asiata finds the end zone Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Vikings running back Matt Asiata managed to find the end zone Week 15 against the Lions.

Asiata didn't have a productive game on the ground, gaining just 33 yards on 11 carries. He was, however, efficient when it mattered, pounding in a 2 yard score in the first quarter. Minnesota opted to pass throughout the contest, leaving Asiata without many opportunities on the ground. He was able to make an impact as a pass-catcher, hauling in seven passes for 50 yards.

Asiata will look for more Week 16 against the Dolphins.


Vikings running back Matt Asiata rushes for 54 yards Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Despite receiving the majority of the rushing carries, Vikings running back Matt Asiata failed to produce a big day during the Vikings’ 30-24 win over the Jets Sunday.

Asiata was held to 54 rushing yards on 19 attempts. Asiata caught three receptions for 10 yards on four targets, but was held scoreless. The 19 rushing attempts were the most Asiata received since Week 4. Asiata has yet to rush for more than 100 yards in any game this season.

The Vikings travel to Detroit Week 15.


Matt Asiata fails to impress in starting chance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) With Jerick McKinnon out with a back injury, Matt Asiata got the start and bulk of the work in Week 13 against the Panthers.

Asiata continued to show he is a perfectly average option at the running back position for the Vikings, as he totaled 57 all-purpose yards on 18 touches. He was a bit better as a runner than a pass-catcher, finishing with 52 yards on 14 carries, but was held in check overall, finishing with a long run of just 8 yards.

Asiata has held down the fort for the Vikings in a difficult season, but has done little to show he is a long-term option. If McKinnon can get back soon, Asiata will likely return to his role as a third down back, but either way, is unlikely to be worth much as a Fantasy option down the stretch. 


Vikings running back Matt Asiata held scoreless Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Running back Matt Asiata was held to 52 rushing yards on 14 attempts during the Vikings’ 31-13 win over the Panthers Sunday.

Asiata hauled in all four of his receiving targets for five yards. The 14 rushing attempts were the most Asiata received since Oct. 2.

The Vikings face the Jets Week 14.


Vikings unveil lengthy injury report for Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Vikings tight end Chase Ford (hamstring, foot) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) were all listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina, according to the team's final injury report released Friday. Running back Jerick McKinnon (low back) was deemed doubtful, but told reporters following practice he will not play Week 13.

Meanwhile, the following players were labeled as probable: Safety Harrison Smith (shoulder, ankle), wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), running back Matt Asiata (concussion), tackle Matt Kalil (knee), linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin), wide receiver Jarius Wright (hamstring), wide receiver Greg Jennings (rib) and tackle Michael Harris (ankle).


Vikings RB Matt Asiata expecting to play Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Vikings running back Matt Asiata, who sat out Week 12 due to a concussion, said he is fine Wednesday and ready to return to action Week 13 against the Panthers, according to the Pioneer Press.

If active Sunday, Asiata will be facing a Panthers defense yielding 119.1 rushing yards per game. Minnesota has allowed 13 rushing touchdowns in 11 games.


Vikings coach Zimmer: RB Matt Asiata still in concussion protocol


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that running back Matt Asiata is still going through the league's concussion protocol, per the Star Tribune. Asiata suffered the injury in Week 10 and was unable to play on Sunday vs. Green Bay.

Asiata has rushed for 279 yards and six touchdowns this season. He will need to be medically cleared by a independent neurologist in order to play Week 13 against the Panthers.


Vikings list inactives for Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The Vikings have listed RB Matt Asiata, FB Zach Line, LB Michael Mauti, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, G Austin Wentworth and DT Sharrif Floyd as inactive Week 12 against the Packers. 

Asiata was the only player ruled out prior to Sunday. He's dealing with a concussion. Floyd was listed as questionable. He has a knee issue. The other five players listed are healthy scratches. 


Vikings list four questionable on Friday injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) A lengthy Vikings injury report posted Friday for the Week 12 game against visiting Green Bay features four questionable players. They are wide receivers Jarius Wright (hamstring) and Greg Jennings (rib), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and offensive tackle Matt Kalil (knee). Running back Matt Asiata (concussion) has already been ruled out.

Vikings RB Matt Asiata gets red-lighted for Week 12 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) A concussion will prevent Vikings running back Matt Asiata from playing Sunday against Green Bay. He did not participate in any practices this week.

Norv Turner says Jerick McKinnon is 'our running back'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner clarified the team's backfield situation Thursday, and it was good news for rookie Jerick McKinnon. Turner said the team claimed running back Ben Tate because of injuries at the position and that Tate was not brought in to take McKinnon's job.

"Obviously, we're in a situation where [Wednesday] we had one back that could practice, so the timing of [Tate] being released and the opportunity for us to add a back, certainly it was good timing," Turner told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"We're excited about Jerick and what he's done, and I see him as our running back," Turner added.

McKinnon did not practice Wednesday due to a back injury, but is expected to be fine for Sunday's game against the Packers. Running back Matt Asiata's status is in doubt after he suffered a concussion Week 11, Turner told the paper.


Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon sit for Vikings Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Vikings running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon did not practice on Wednesday.

Asiata is dealing with a concussion. McKinnon has a back injury. The team also claimed Ben Tate off waivers Wednesday, which could signal the team is concerned about the current injuries to Asiata and McKinnon. The status of both players will be determined based on how much work they can put in over the next two days. 


Waiting on Adrian Peterson probably won't pay off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Fantasy owners who stashed Adrian Peterson in hopes of getting a boost late in the season received a body blow Tuesday, with the league's announcement that Peterson has been suspended for the remainder of the season.

Peterson, who had been on the league's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list since Sept. 17, was hoping to return for the final six weeks of the season after accepting a plea deal in his case last week. However, the announcement of Peterson's suspension and the Vikings' statement of non-support for Peterson seems to indicate that his chances of seeing the field this season are essentially gone.

The NFLPA has already announced it will appeal the suspension, but is there any reason at this point to think the Vikings would welcome Peterson back into the fold with open arms? "We respect the league's decision and will have no further comment at this time," hardly sounds like the statement of a team that is going to fight to get Peterson back on the field, does it? Even if he is reinstated, will the Vikings be willing to make him active every week, especially when reports have indicated he may not be a long-term part of their plans beyond this season anyways?

Though there is a slim chance Peterson could still return, it probably isn't something you want to pin your hopes on. If you can spare the roster spot, it probably isn't hurting you to keep him on the end of your bench, but don't expect much out of it. At this point, both Jerick McKinnon (79 percent owned) and Matt Asiata (73 percent) should both be valued over Peterson.


Vikings backup rushers manage little Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Vikings backup rushers didn't do much Week 11 against the Bears.

Free safety Andrew Sendejo actually did make a difference, leading the team in rushing. He gained 48 yards on a fake punt. It was his only rush of the game. 

Jerome Felton got one carry, gaining 3 yards. Matt Asiata also had one carry, but gained 2 yards. Asiata also had three receptions for 12 yards.

They'll look for more Week 12 against the Packers. 


Asiata on fellow Vikings RB Peterson: 'He can't wait to play'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Vikings running back Matt Asiata revealed Thursday that he's been exchanging texts with suspended Adrian Peterson and that the latter is optimistic about soon rejoining the team.

Peterson was indicted in Texas in September to a felony charge of child abuse and will miss his ninth straight game Sunday. He remains on the NFL exempt list and will have a hearing Monday with an arbitrator over an NFLPA grievance that seeks to have him reinstated.

"He can't wait to play," Asiata reported to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "He's staying on the grind and just waiting for the call to come back. ... He's so competitive."


Matt Asiata still a goal-line vulture for Jerick McKinnon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon remains the top option in the running game, but Matt Asiata just won't go away, as he showed yet again in Week 9's win over the Redskins Sunday.

McKinnon was once again the top option in the rushing game, picking up 54 rushing yards on 14 carries, while adding three receptions for 14 yards. Asiata, on the other hand, had just 26 yards on 10 carries, but got the bulk of the goal-line work en route to three more touchdowns.

The Vikings clearly trust McKinnon for a big role between the 20's, and he has mostly answered the call, averaging 73.2 rushing yards per game on 5.2 yards per carry since his Week four breakout. However, he has yet to score a touchdown in that time, while Asiata has six touchdowns in that same time span, on the strength of a pair of three-score games.

If McKinnon was to get more goal-line work, there is no guarantee he would be successful with it. However, that would probably be the best outcome for Fantasy owners, who can't feel comfortable trusting Asiata either. At this point, McKinnon is clearly the best option here, but there is a ceiling on his Fantasy potential as long as Asiata is around. Consider him more of a second running back option down the stretch, with the Vikings on a bye in Week 10.  


Vikings RB Matt Asiata tallies three TDs in Week 9 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Vikings running back Matt Asiata rushed for three touchdowns, helping Minnesota to a 29-26 win Week 9 vs. Washington. He finished with 26 rushing yards on 10 carries, while adding four catches for 31 yards.

Asiata gave Minnesota a 14-10 lead at 10:44 of the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. He put Minnesota ahead again, 21-20, with a 7-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. Finally, Asiata's last touchdown stood as the game-winner, as his 1-yard score with 3:27 left gave Minnesota a 27-26 lead. He extended the lead to 29-26 with a two-point conversion.

Sunday was the second time Asiata had three rushing touchdowns in a game this season. He also had three rushing touchdowns in a 41-28 win Week 4 against the Falcons.

The Vikings are on a bye Week 10 before returning to action Week 11 at Chicago.


Vikings get offensive contributions in OT win


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) The Vikings got several offensive contributions in their 19-13 overtime win at Tampa Bay. Among them, running back Matt Asiata caught four of five targets for 26 yards and rushed four times for 1 yard.

Wideout Charles Johnson caught two passes for 18 yards, and receiver Jarius Wright made two catches for 13 yards. They'll all face the Redskins in Week 9.


Jerick McKinnon's role only growing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Jerick McKinnon has looked like a better option for the Vikings than Matt Asiata, and it seems like the team is ready to hand the running game over to him full time.

McKinnon has seen his role grow greatly over the last four games, but was still splitting carries with Asiata up until two weeks ago.McKinnon was clearly the top option in Week 7 against the Bills, however, as he received 19 carries to Asiata's six. More importantly, he looked like a back who is worthy of that kind of role, as he paced the team with 103 yards on the ground.

Asiata is not going away, and could end up stealing some goal-line carries from McKinnon, who has yet to score this season. However, if you could only own one back in Minnesota, McKinnon has to be the guy. Especially with a matchup against the ever-vulnerable Buccaneers' defense on the way in Week 8. 


Vikings' Matt Asiata continues to be a backup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Vikings running back Matt Asiata was used as a backup Week 7.

Asiata again watched as Jerick McKinnon received the bulk of the carries. Asiata was average when he got the ball, gaining 24 yards on six carries. Asiata did have a reception, picking up 13 yards. 

He'll look for more Week 8 against the Buccaneers. 


Better to avoid Vikings running backs this week


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/16/2014) Though no announcement was ever made (except to refute the claim in the days that followed), Jerick McKinnon appeared to overtake Matt Asiata as the Vikings' top running back Week 6 against Detroit, getting each of the team's first six carries and 17 total touches to Asiata's three.

But since coach Mike Zimmer is saying he prefers a more even distribution between the two, this situation is far from settled, and with the matchup the Vikings have in Week 7, it would need to be for you to gamble on either player.

The Vikings visit the Bills, who rank first against the run. They've allowed 67.5 yards per game and an astonishing 2.8 yards per carry. They also have yet to surrender a touchdown on the ground.

As you might expect, they've allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs. Two unproven options in an uncertain timeshare aren't the best bets to reverse the trend. Better to sit back and watch what develops this week than to try something sneaky.