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Matt Asiata | Running Back | #44

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 219
College: Utah
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Matt Asiata rushed eight times for 14 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears, adding three catches for 31 yards on three targets.
In Asiata fashion, he finished the season with a team-high six rushing scores. But Asiata managed just 3.32 YPC on his 121 totes, finishing with 402 yards. He added 32 catches for 263 yards. With Adrian Peterson missing most of the season with a knee injury, Asiata and Jerick McKninnon essentially split the work. Asiata will be a free agent entering his age-30 season. Jan 1 - 4:57 PM

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Matt Asiata rushed six times for 30 yards in the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Packers, adding three receptions for 34 additional yards.

Asiata got out-touched 16-9 by Jerick McKinnon, and was the Vikings' clear No. 2 running back. That should remain the case for Week 17, unless Adrian Peterson returns, in which Asiata would be the No. 3.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Matt Asiata (ankle, questionable) will play Sunday in Week 15 against the Colts.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said he'll be used as part of a three-back rotation, which doesn't sound promising for Adrian Peterson's outlook. AP carries the most upside of the Vikings' three backs, but his role is still up in the air coming off a torn meniscus. Fantasy owners playing in the semifinals this week should be looking for safer options.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:28:00 AM

Matt Asiata was added to the Vikings' injury report as questionable with an ankle injury.

Asiata was listed on the injury report with an ankle injury, but the Vikings' website also says he's dealing with an illness. Asiata has two days to get healthy ahead of Sunday's bout with the Colts. On the off chance Asiata couldn't play, Jerick McKinnon's fantasy projection would see a significant surge.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 11 times for 37 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-2 targets for 14 yards in the Vikings' Week 14 win over the Jaguars.

Although Asiata got in once from one yard out, he was stuffed repeatedly in goal-line situations, including a lost fumble that very nearly proved costly. Asiata is entirely ineffective, but the Vikings trust him so they continue to play him. He'll be a low-floor, touchdown-or-bust flex option in Week 15 against the Colts.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:02:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed six times for 30 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Asiata "added" one catch for -3 yards. At one point, Asiata took a handoff out of the Wild Cat formation. It was that kind of night for the Vikings. Asiata will remain a touchdown-or-bust RB4/FLEX against the Jags in Week 14.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:16:00 AM

Matt Asiata rushed five times for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 12 loss to the Lions, adding three receptions for 14 additional yards.

Asiata cashed in the Vikings' lone goal-line carry for a five-yard touchdown. Still splitting work with Jerick McKinnon and not seeing near enough money-zone carries to make it worth fantasy owners' while, Asiata is an RB4, even in touchdown-heavy leagues.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught his lone target for a gain of seven in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Cardinals.

Asiata was the No. 2 "big back" complement behind Jerick McKinnon, who led the backfield with 15 touches. Asiata chipped in a goal-line score, which is the only real way he's able to provide any fantasy value. Against the Lions in Week 12, Asiata will be a low-floor, touchdown-or-bust flex option.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 05:59:00 PM

Matt Asiata had nine carries for 13 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against Washington.

Asiata remained in a committee with Jerick McKinnon and Ronnie Hillman. He was stuffed on consecutive plays before scoring his one-yard touchdown. Asiata finished with more carries than McKinnon but played fewer snaps. He'll be a touchdown-dependent RB3 in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Matt Asiata managed 27 yards on 9 carries and caught 2-of-2 targets for 14 yards in the Vikings' Week 9 loss to the Lions.

The Vikings used a three-way RBBC against the Lions, giving Asiata 11 touches, Ronnie Hillman 8, and Jerick McKinnon 7. Hillman was most effective in the group. For the second week in a row, Asiata was stuffed repeatedly on short-yardage and goal-line chances. He will barely be an RB3 when the Vikings face the Redskins next.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 04:51:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Vikings' Week 8 loss to the Bears.

He added 36 receiving yards, catching 2-of-5 targets. Asiata dropped at least two passes. He was making the start in place of an injured Jerick McKinnon (ankle), but the Vikings only entered the red zone one time on the night. Asiata got a pair of carries inside the five-yard line, from the four and the three on back-to-back plays, but he was stuffed on both before Sam Bradford took a sack on third-and-goal. It's unclear if McKinnon will be ready for Week 9 against the Lions. If not, Asiata will again be on the RB2 map in a plus spot. But the Vikings' offensive line has opened no running lanes all season. There's touchdown upside, but the offense has to get down to the goal line first.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 11:55:00 PM

With Jerick McKinnon (foot) likely to sit, Matt Asiata should start Monday night against the Bears.

Asiata has been a solid fantasy asset the last two games even in a rotation, averaging 90 total yards and finding the end zone once. Now he projects as the clear workhorse in a game the Vikings should win going away. With a locked-in workload and decent shot at a touchdown, Asiata is a solid RB2 this week.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 12 times for 55 yards and added 25 yards on six catches Week 7 against the Eagles.

With Jerick McKinnon in and out of the lineup with an ankle injury, Asiata was the primary back in the second half. He had a couple nice third down conversions including a long run on third-and-13 in the third quarter, but he was stuffed more often than not. Asiata will be interesting if McKinnon is not ready to face the Bears on Monday night.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught all three of his targets for an additional 46 yards Week 5 against the Texans.

Asiata once again played well behind Jerick McKinnon when the game was still in doubt, but he made two big plays in the passing game and vultured a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He also looked good with the Vikings in clock-killing mode late in the game. Asiata is going to find the end zone several times this season, but picking out those games will be difficult. He will be no better than a desperation flier after the bye.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 05:10:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed six times for six yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 4 win over the Giants.

Classic Asiata. He created nothing on the ground, but was there to vulture a goal-line touchdown in predictable fashion. He also caught both of his targets for 12 yards, but isn't worth owning outside of TD-heavy leagues. Jerick McKinnon out-touched him 21-8 and out-gained him by 78 yards.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 12:19:00 AM