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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%: 10/2 | Average Draft Position: 186.50
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Vikings could draft a running back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) The Vikings could draft a running back in the NFL Draft to help take the load off Adrian Peterson, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The report says the team is looking for a replacement for the departed Toby Gerhart and give Peterson a rest from time to time.

"He's getting to the point where you don't have to give him the ball 50 times a game for 16 games," said general manager Rick Spielman. "Adrian's the face of our franchise, but Norv (Turner) has a history of having two backs to keep him fresh, because I think it's very important as you go through the season that they're still strong in Week 16 and they're still strong when you get into the playoffs."

Minnesota doesn't have a surefire No. 2 back on the roster. Matt Asiata filled in for the injured Peterson and Gerhart in two games last December and performed admirably with 166 yards on 44 carries (a 3.8 average). But Asiata, entering his third season, is still raw.

After that, Minnesota has just Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle on the roster. They've mostly been practice squad players.


Vikings re-sign Matt Asiata


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) The Vikings re-signed running back Matt Asiata, an exclusive rights free agent, to a one-year, $570,000 contract. Asiata could back up Adrian Peterson if Toby Gerhart leaves via free agency.

Matt Asiata has nice day on the ground


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata had a big game on the ground Week 17.

Asiata only had 14 carries, but managed to pick up 115 yards. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry. He was not a major force at the goal line this time around, as the team chose to try and get the ball in Cordarrelle Patterson's hands when they got close. Asiata also caught two passes for -2 yards. 


Matt Asiata ready to go Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata is active Week 17.

Asiata should see the bulk of the carries with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out. Asiata is dealing with an ankle injury, but was able to get through full practice Friday.


Matt Asiata probable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata is probable Week 17.

Asiata is dealing with an ankle injury, but was able to fully participate in practice Friday. Adrian Peterson is doubtful and Toby Gerhart is out, so Asiata could see a big chunk of the workload Week 17.


No carries for Toby Gerhart, Matt Asiata


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Though Vikings starting running back Adrian Peterson is still working his way back from foot and groin injuries that sidelined him in Week 15, neither Toby Gerhart nor Matt Asiata got a single carry Week 16 at Cincinnati.

Gerhart is considered Peterson's backup, but he was also inactive for Week 15 because of a hamstring injury. Asiata filled in for both in Week 15 and scored three touchdowns, but he averaged just 1.7 yards on 30 carries.

Gerthart is the more likely of the two to contribute going forward, but both look like bench players heading into Week 17 against the Lions.


Matt Asiata not the only one active


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata, who scored three touchdowns with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart inactive last week, is active for Week 16 at Cincinnati despite an ankle injury that limited his practice time leading up to the game. He figures to play a minimal role, though, with Peterson and Gerhart also active.

Matt Asiata questionable Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata is questionable Week 16 against the Bengals.

Asiata is coming off a strong Week 15 performance in which he scored three rushing touchdowns. He tweaked his ankle during the game, and was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday. Asiata put in a limited practice Friday.


Not the week for Toby Gerhart or Matt Asiata


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/18/2013) With starting running back Adrian Peterson (foot) and backup running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both sidelined by injuries Week 15 against Philadelphia, Matt Asiata carried the load for the Vikings and made a surprising contribution in Fantasy, rushing for three touchdowns.

But come practice time Wednesday, he was the one on the sidelines with an ankle injury while Peterson and Gerhart both saw the field.

A Peterson return appears to be the most likely scenario for Week 16 at Cincinnati, so whichever of Gerhart and Asiata is active would simply be filling the backup role, with Gerhart getting priority. And if Peterson doesn't end up playing, you probably wouldn't want to start either, given the matchup. The Bengals rank fifth against the run, giving up 98.7 yards and 3.9 yards per carry, and have surrendered the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season. The last time they allowed even 70 rushing yards to a player was in Week 9.

If you feel the need to handcuff Peterson, Gerhart is still the way to go. Despite the touchdowns, Asiata averaged just 1.7 yards per carry last week. If that's the best he could do against the Eagles, he doesn't stand a chance with this matchup.


Matt Asiata scores three times in first start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns in his first start Week 15.

Asiata was more a victim of good circumstance than strong running. He only averaged 1.7 yards per carry, but managed to do all his dirty work at the goal line. Asiata scored on two 1 yards runs and a 5 yard run. He received a huge workload, carrying the ball 30 times for 51 yards. Asiata also had three receptions for 15 yards. If Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are out again next week, Asiata will look to continue his success in the red zone against the Bengals.


Report: Vikings likely to be without Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Early Sunday morning K-TWIN radio's Sean Jensen, a former Vikings beat writer with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, posted on Twitter that the team was informed that both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart were ruled out for their Week 15 game vs. the Eagles.

Peterson and Gerhart are both currently listed as questionable, Peterson with a foot sprain and Gerhart with a hamstring injury. Both were limited in practice Friday after not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday. Matt Asiata is the Vikings third-string running back and presumed starter if both AP and Gerhart are out.

The team had no official announcement but did call up Joe Banyard from the practice squad. When teams call up a player the day before a game it's typically to have a player in place in the event of a starter being inactive.

CBSSports.com will have the latest on this situation later Sunday morning at 11 a.m. ET on Fantasy Football Today


Nine injured Minnesota players active Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Vikings linebacker Larry Dean (knee), safety Jamarca Sanford (ankle), defensive end Jared Allen (finger), running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (illness), linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist), defensive Everson Griffen (toe) and safety Andrew Sendejo (toe) were all cleared to play Week 14 at Baltimore. Dean and Sanford were the only two players not listed as probable.

Seven Vikings ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Vikings DE Jared Allen, RB Matt Asiata, DT Fred Evans, DT Sharrif Floyd, LB Chad Greenway, DE Everson Griffen and S Andrew Sendejo are probable Week 14 against the Ravens.

Allen has been limited by a finger injury, but was able to get through a full practice Friday. The other six players were also full participants in practice Friday.


Eight injured Vikings players cleared to play Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), defensive tackle Fred Evans, linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (concussion), defensive end Brian Robison (illness), safety Andrew Sendejo (foot), wide receiver Joe Webb (concussion) and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (quadricep) were all cleared to play Week 13 vs. Chicago.

Vikings role player injuries not a concern


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata (shoulder) and quarterback Joe Webb (concussion) are both probable for Week 13 against the Bears, after getting through the week in practice. 

Nine Vikings players cleared to play Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (back), running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle), defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee, shoulder), linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (chest), linebacker Michael Mauti (knee), defensive end Brian Robison (neck) and center John Sullivan (concussion) were all cleared to play Week 12 at Green Bay. Everyone was listed as probable except Mauti, Robison and Sullivan, who were questionable.

Six Vikings considered probable Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) Vikings DE Jared Allen, RB Matt Asiata, TE Rhett Ellison, DT Fred Evans, LB Chad Greenway and Letroy Guion are probable Week 12 against the Packers.

Asiata and Greenway were listed as full participants in practice all week. Allen, Ellison, Evans and Guion were limited Thursday, but all were upgraded to probable Friday.


Vikings reveal Week 11 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) The Vikings have listed the following players inactive for Week 11: quarterback Josh Freeman, wide receiver Greg Jennings, defensive back Shaun Prater, running back Matt Asiata, guard Jeff Baca, tight end Kyle Rudolph and defensive tackle Letroy Guion.

Matt Asiata doubtful Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata is doubtful Week 11 against the Seahawks.

Asiata has been dealing with a shoulder injury, and was limited in practice all week. Asiata has missed the past three games due to the injury.


Vikings list some inactive players


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) The Minnesota Vikings had five players on the roster ruled out for Thursday's Week 10 game against Washington when Wednesday's official injury report came out. All five players are among the Vikings' inactives for the Week 10 game.

Those players are as follows: Running back Matt Asiata (shoulder); defensive backs Chris Cook (hip) and Jamarca Sanford (groin); defensive lineman Fred Evans (knee); and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot).

Vikings rule out five players


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The Minnesota Vikings ruled out five players for Sunday's Week 9 game at Dallas on Friday's official injury report. They were all listed among Sunday's inactive players for the Vikings.

The Vikings will be without defensive back Jamarca Sanford (groin), running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), cornerback Chris Cook (hip), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) and defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee) for the game.

Four Vikings already ruled out Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Vikings RB Matt Asiata, CB Chris Cook, TE Rhett Ellison and DT Fred Evans have been ruled out Week 9 against the Cowboys. 

Evans was the only player to take part in practice this week. He was limited Thursday, but was unable to go Friday. 


Vikings list Week 8 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) The Vikings listed these players as inactive for the game against Green Bay: quarterback Josh Freeman (concussion), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle), running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), wideout Rodney Smith (hip), cornerback Shaun Prater, guard Jeff Baca and defensive tackle Chase Baker.

Vikings rule out four for Week 8


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) The Vikings have ruled out four players for Week 8 against the Packers, all of whom come on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Josh Freeman (concussion) headlines the list, and is joined by running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), wide receiver Rodney Smith (hip), and tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle). 

Matt Asiata out with shoulder injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2013) Vikings running back Matt Asiata left the game against the Giants with a shoulder injury and will not return.