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Matt Asiata | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 234
College: Utah
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Matt Asiata had three carries for 13 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's preseason opener.
Asiata started with Adrian Peterson out. He didn't leave the field on Minnesota's opening drive, playing ahead of rookie Jerick McKinnon on third downs. Asiata's touchdown came on a goal-line carry from one-yard out. For now, he remains ahead of McKinnon as the Vikings' No. 2 back. Aug 8 - 9:47 PM

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Matt Asiata is getting the majority of second-team reps at OTAs.

The Vikings see Jerick McKinnon as a third-down back for the most part right now. It leaves the slow-footed, 234-pound Asiata behind Adrian Peterson on early downs. He'll have a little goal-line appeal if Peterson ever misses time, but he's not a strong handcuff. McKinnon's raw athleticism should allow him to surge ahead of Asiata by midseason.
Jun 2 - 11:06 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the team is in the market for running back depth.

Matt Asiata is currently lightly penciled in as the No. 2 behind Adrian Peterson. Zach Line, Joe Banyard, and Bradley Randle round out the depth chart. The free-agent market has a few capable runners still available, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Spielman use a day-two pick on a running back. Asiata lacks lateral agility and burst and is best suited for No. 3 duties.
Mar 24 - 8:12 PM

Vikings re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Matt Asiata.

Asiata rushed for 51 yards and three TDs on 30 carries in Week 15 against the Eagles before rumbling for 115 yards in the finale. He didn't touch the ball all season outside of those two games. With Toby Gerhart a free agent, Asiata could climb the depth chart and become Adrian Peterson's primary backup, although super sleeper Zach Line might have something to say about that.
Mar 5 - 3:47 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 14 times for 115 yards and lost two yards on two receptions in the Vikings' Week 17 win over Detroit.

Asiata got the start with Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) inactive. A fullback-tailback hybrid, Asiata wound up playing extensively in two games due to injuries, finishing with this stat line and 30-51-3 in Week 15. With Gerhart headed to free agency, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Asiata could be Peterson's primary backup in 2014. He'll surely face competition, however.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:05:00 PM

The Vikings will start Matt Asiata at tailback in Week 17 against the Lions.

Adrian Peterson is doubtful, and Toby Gerhart has been ruled out. Asiata flukishly rushed 30 times for a paltry 51 yards in a Week 15 start against the Eagles, scoring three touchdowns. This week, he's expected to rotate with Joe Banyard against a tough Detroit run defense. Asiata will not be a recommended fantasy option in daily or standard leagues that extend into Week 17.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 01:56:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Matt Asiata is inactive for Week 16 at Cincinnati.

He only would've been a third stringer if active, but Asiata will not play Sunday due to a hamstring injury. Adrian Peterson will get the start.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 16.

We don't know whether Asiata is going to play Sunday at Cincinnati. We do know he won't be a fantasy option with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart back.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle) remained out of practice Thursday.

The fantasy folk hero is trending in the wrong direction for Week 16. Even were Asiata to suit up, his moment in the sun has come and gone with both Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) expected to play.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 06:24:00 PM

Matt Asiata (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Asiata's 30-carry workload last week against the Eagles may have been too much for him. With Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) expected to return this week, Asiata can safely be dropped in all formats.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 05:58:00 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 30 times for 51 yards with three touchdowns in Sunday's 48-30 Week 15 win over the Eagles.

With Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both inactive, the Vikings had no choice but to turn to third-stringer Asiata. It was perhaps the worst three-touchdown performance in NFL history. Asiata showed absolutely zero burst, lateral agility or vision as he did a poor man's Jackie "The Elephant" Battle impersonation. Two of his scores came from one yard out and the last was from five yards out. Even if Peterson and Gerhart both sit out at Cincy in Week 16, Asiata would be a desperation TD-dependent fantasy play only.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Matt Asiata is expected to start Sunday's game against the Eagles with Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) inactive.

Asiata, a plodding 6'0/234 former undrafted free agent, goes from third string to first string in one week. We'd keep expectations very low. The Vikings will use practice squad callup Joe Banyard and fullback Jerome Felton for some reps, and the Eagles could very well sprint out to an early lead. If Minny is going to move the ball, it's likely to be through the air against the Eagles' No. 29 pass defense. Asiata is our No. 38 play at the running back spot this week.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 12:20:00 PM

Matt Asiata is the next man up if Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) can't play Sunday.

Asiata is a 6'0/234 former undrafted free agent out of Utah that beat out Joe Banyard for the No. 3 running back job in camp. During the preseason, he rushed 19 times for 67 yards (3.52 YPC) with one touchdown and caught two passes for three yards. Given Asiata's talent limitations, we'd expect the Vikings to turn to some kind of committee if both Peterson and Gerhart sit against the Eagles. Banyard is on the practice squad and fullback Jerome Felton has some experience carrying the ball. Asiata would be a wildly desperate shot in the dark.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 09:56:00 AM

Vikings RB Matt Asiata was forced from Monday night's Week 7 game against the Giants with a shoulder injury and will not return.

The Vikings' No. 3 running back is strictly a special teams player.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 10:28:00 PM

Vikings waived RB Matt Asiata, FB Ryan D'Imperio, RB Alexander Robinson, LB Heath Farwell, DE Tremaine Johnson and LB Ross Homan.

Asiata is expected to go to the practice squad. Homan was a late-round draft pick this year and could also end up there. Farwell is a special teams dynamo, but had an excessive base salary. He could be back for a cheaper rate.
Sat, Sep 3, 2011 01:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Jerick McKinnon
4Joe Banyard
5Dominique Williams
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Erik Lora
4Kamar Jorden
5Kain Colter
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Rodney Smith
4Adam Thielen
5Andy Cruse
WR31Jerome Simpson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Allen Reisner
5Michael Higgins
K1Blair Walsh