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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:23:20 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon led the team with 12 carries and 45 yards in the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8. He was also targeted twice, although he had zero receptions. RB Dominique Williams had nine totes for 27 yards, while RB Joe Banyard hauled the mail eight times for 22 yards while posting 13 yards on two catches. RB Matt Asiata also had three runs for 13 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Tip: The reserve running backs were getting plenty of work with Adrian Peterson resting, and with Peterson not expected to play in the preseason, they all are likely to get plenty of work. Asiata appears to be slotted as the primary backup with McKinnon as the No. 3 running back and Banyard and Williams battling for the No. 4 job, although that is still subject to change. Only Asiata is worth any fantasy consideration at this point.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:20:16 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could see the field more than backup RB Matt Asiata because of his ability as a receiver and change-of-pace runner outside or between the tackles.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:59:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata received most of the reps with the first-team offense during organized team activities Thursday, June 5, because RB Adrian Peterson was not present for the workout. RB Jerick McKinnon also received reps with the starters.
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:22:37 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent RB Matt Asiata. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:16:22 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is working to serve as the primary backup to RB Adrian Peterson now that RB Toby Gerhart (Jaguars) is gone. The team elected to keep the exclusive rights free agent, signing him to a one-year, $570,000 contract this month. General manager Rick Spielman said the team is looking for depth at running back, but the team hasn't displayed an urgency to address the spot the first two weeks of free agency.
Fantasy Tip: Depending on how the club proceeds during the offseason, Asiata might be a nice late-round fantasy flier, and certainly a handcuff for Peterson owners. Asiata's stock will be better determined after the draft and into the preseason.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:15:44 -0700
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team is looking for depth at running back, but if they do not add any bodies, practice squad holdovers RBs Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle might get a chance to push for a roster spot behind RBs Adrian Peterson and Matt Asiata.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:36:10 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings have tendered an offer to exclusive free-agent RB Matt Asiata. Asiata will make $570,000 next season.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:12:06 -0800
Ken Vierra, agent for Minnesota Vikings exclusive rights free-agent RB Matt Asiata, said he expects the Vikings to re-sign Asiata before the start of free agency.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:16:41 -0800
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried 14 times for 115 yards in the Week 17 game against the Detroit Lions.
Fantasy Tip: Asiata finished the season strong, getting a long look with both RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart sidelined by injuries. However, as long as Peterson is in Minneapolis, and healthy, it is hard to imagine Asiata having much of a role.
Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:57:32 -0800
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) has been downgraded to out for Week 17.
Fantasy Tip: Toby Gerhart (hamstring) is also out, which means Matt Asiata will be the featured back. If you're still alive in Week 17, Asiata is worth a look as a flex option.
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