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Matt Asiata

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Vikings | Matt Asiata scores again

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:32:17 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata totaled 41 yards and a touchdown, including three catches, Thursday, Nov. 24.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata continues to score from close to the endzone. He has vulture several touchdowns this year and is known for being too touchdown reliant. He's more rosterable in PPR formats, but don't view his recent success as an every-week occurrence.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata on track to play

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:38:20 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata will continue to share work with Jerick McKinnon but does have value because he should receive the work around the goal line. Owners should be able to find better options to use and can avoid Asiata.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata takes part in practice

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:06:10 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 17.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata should continue to share snaps with Jerick McKinnon during games and will see most of the work around the goal line. He has not rushed for more than 55 yards in any game this season but does have three touchdowns in the last six weeks. Owners in most leagues probably can find better options to use and can avoid Asiata.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata full go

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:05:11 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata has had a hit or miss career for the most part, and 2016 has been no exception. He's too dependent on touchdowns to be a reliable fantasy starter, especially with Jerick McKinnon in the mix. The fact that the Arizona Cardinals have been the best fantasy defense against running backs this year is icing on the cake.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata grinds out 78 total yards

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:35:51 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed 14 times for 42 yards in the Week 8 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 31, and he added two receptions for 36 yards on five targets.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata would be worth a look as a flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams in Week 9 against the Detroit Lions if he is given the lion's share of the touches again.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata struggles

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:54:09 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata had 55 yards rushing in a 21-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Tip: The two-pronged attack of Asiata and Jerick McKinnon combined for 98 yards but had no touchdowns. Philadelphia did a good job singling out Minnesota's rushing attack. Still, it appears the Vikes have a running-by-committee situation here, so wait until one athlete breaks out before acting.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata finds the end zone

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:03:08 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the Houston Texans. He also hauled in three receptions for 46 yards.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata outperformed Jerick McKinnon, and this could be a situation worth monitoring heading into Week 7 after the team's bye. Asiata could have bought himself more touches after the solid performance, making him worth a look as an RB3 in two weeks.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata finds the end zone

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:03:20 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed six times for just six yards in the Week 4 game against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 3, but he was able to run in for a score. Asiata also added two catches for 12 yards.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata is the short-yardage back in Minnesota and you shouldn't expect a huge average yards per play from the back. He is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata has quiet Week 3

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:17:09 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed for 15 yards on six carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. He also caught one pass for four yards.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata was facing a tough Panthers defense and should play better moving forward. He will receive playing time as long as Adrian Peterson is sidelined but will not be more than a flex option in most leagues.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata to start Week 3

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:13:59 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata will be the starting running back for the Vikings in Week 3.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata should receive a decent amount of carries this week and likely will run between the tackles, while Jerick McKinnon will be used as a runner as well as a receiver out of the backfield. Both players are facing a tough Carolina Panthers defense but could still be flex options in fantasy leagues.

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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon will start

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:09:02 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon will be the starting running back with RB Adrian Peterson (knee) sidelined. He likely will play at least 60 percent of the snaps. RB Matt Asiata will also receive playing time and likely will handle the goal line carries.

Fantasy Tip: McKinnon will be able to help out in the running and passing game over the next few months and should be a popular waiver wire addition. He can be a low-end No. 2 running back or a flex option in leagues. Asiata will also have value and can be a flex option in deeper leagues because of his touchdown potential.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer and Matt Vensel

Vikings | Minnesota will split work for backs

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:22:06 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could see a 65/35 split between carries if RB Adrian Peterson (knee) misses any time, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Fantasy Tip: As stated before, McKinnon is the better all-around player and should be picked up this week if Peterson owners are in a tight pinch. Asiata has more value in PPR formats, but he should only be claimed in deeper leagues. If Peterson can't play then McKinnon would slide into low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 territory for Week 3.

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Vikings | Financials for Matt Asiata

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:10:57 -0700

The one-year deal for Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is for $760,000 in salary with a $60,000 bonus. He also has a $500,000 playing time bonus, as well as incentives for rush yards and receptions.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata will be behind Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon on the depth chart, but he could reach those incentives if injuries befall one of the top two tailbacks.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata re-signs with Vikes

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:09:35 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata re-signed to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, March 16.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata is a solid pass-catching running back and a good blocker, but he has minimal fantasy value as long as Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon are healthy. If he were to be drafted, he'd have more value in PPR leagues.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata not close to deal

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:38:05 -0800

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Matt Asiata is not close to an agreement with the Vikings. Asiata has received interest from several teams.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata to re-sign with Vikings?

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:00:12 -0800

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Matt Asiata is wanted back by the Vikings.

Fantasy Tip: As stated earlier, Asiata didn't see and won't see much playing time as long as Adrian Peterson is healthy. It looks like the odds are in favor of Asiata returning to Minnesota, though, where he solidified himself as a consistent pass-catcher and solid blocker. He'll have more value in PPR leagues, but he's not worth draft as long as Peterson is good to go.

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Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 11

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:54:00 -0800

Minnesota Vikings FS Robert Blanton (back) and OT Matt Kalil (toe) were limited during practice Friday, Nov. 20, and are listed as questionable for the Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers. RB Matt Asiata (quadriceps), LB Anthony Barr (hand, knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), DT Tom Johnson (concussion), LB Eric Kendricks (ribs), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder), WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.

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Vikings | Thursday practice report for Week 11

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:42:13 -0800

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 19. LB Anthony Barr (hand, knee) was limited during practice, while RB Matt Asiata (quadriceps), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), DT Tom Johnson (concussion), LB Eric Kendricks (rib), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder), WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) fully participated in practice.

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Vikings | Wednesday practice report for Week 11

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:04:06 -0800

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 18. RB Matt Asiata (quadriceps), LB Anthony Barr (hand, knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle) and DT Tom Johnson (concussion) were limited. LB Eric Kendricks (ribs), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder), WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) participated fully.

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Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 7

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:17:22 -0700

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) are out for Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. RB Matt Asiata (rib), T.J. Clemmings (knee), CB Terence Newman (ankle), WR Jarius Wright (hand), CB Captain Munnerlyn (thumb) and DE Everson Griffen (illness) are probable. Floyd and Trattou did not practice Friday, Oct. 23, while the others were all full participants.

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Vikings | Thursday practice report for Week 7

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:36:59 -0700

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 22. RB Matt Asiata (rib), OT T.J. Clemmings (knee) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were limited, while WR Jarius Wright (hand), CB Captain Munnerlyn (thumb) and DE Everson Griffen (illness) practiced in full. CB Joshua Robinson was removed from the report.

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Vikings | Wednesday injury report for Week 7

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:52:54 -0700

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle), DE Everson Griffen (illness) and DE Justin Trattou (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 21. RB Matt Asiata (rib), OT T.J. Clemmings (knee) and CB Terence Newman (ankle) were limited during practice, while WR Jarius Wright (hand) fully participated in practice.

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Vikings | Adrian Peterson limited by finger

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:43:45 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 21. Peterson left RB Matt Asiata to the running back duties for the final few plays in Week 6 after hurting his finger.

Fantasy Tip: Peterson ($8,200, 16.4% of cap) was held in check last week by the Kansas City Chiefs, but he has good history within his division and should be able to bounce back against a soft Detroit Lions run defense this weekend.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata out in goal-line situations?

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:37:32 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. "Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know?," Zimmer said.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata had some fantasy appeal, especially in TD-only leagues, last season. However, with the return of Peterson, and the presence of Jerick McKinnon, it's unlikely Asiata gets very many touches unless long-term injuries strike in the Minnesota backfield.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata should have role

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:36:50 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata likely will be used in short-yardage situations this season.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata's fantasy value has gone down with Adrian Peterson returning to the team. Asiata could be a late-round option as a handcuff to Peterson, but he probably will not be used in the starting lineup much this season.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata returning to Minnesota

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:48:26 -0700

Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent RB Matt Asiata will sign a new one-year deal with the Vikings, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata received a lot of playing time this past season because of Adrian Peterson's off-field issues and finished the season with 570 yards and nine touchdowns. Asiata's fantasy value probably will depend on what the Vikings do with Peterson since he could be a starting option if Peterson leaves. Asiata could be considered a weak No. 2 running back or flex option if he becomes the starter and would be more valuable in standard leagues.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata listed as probable

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:03:10 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata is at least a nice flex option on FantasyScore this week as he faces off against a Chicago Bears defense that surrenders nearly 20 fantasy points per game to running backs.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata takes part in practice

Thu, 25 Dec 2014 14:48:26 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata would receive most of the work at running back in Week 17. He has a favorable matchup against the Chicago Bears since they have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last four games. Asiata could be a No. 2 running back or flex option for owners on FantasyScore this week.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata practices in full

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:22:35 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata has posted nine rushing touchdowns this season, and can be a help to FantasyScore owners in Week 17. Not only does he have a nose for the end zone, but he has good hands out of the backfield as well.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata should play

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:33:13 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata likely will continue to receive a majority of the carries and will be facing a Miami Dolphins defense that has struggled against running backs over the past four games. Asiata costs $4,600 on FantasyScore and could be an attractive option at running back or the flex position.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata limited again

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:15:37 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) was limited for a second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 18.

Fantasy Tip: Keep tabs on Asiata's status leading up to the weekend. If he is able to play, he'll have a decent matchup with the Miami Dolphins, who allow just over 100 rushing yards per game to running backs.

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Vikings | Limited practice for Matt Asiata

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:05:44 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata ($4,600) gains some value with Jerick McKinnon out for the year. Also, Asiata should be a nice value play at FantasyScore this week. He's had double-digit carries in each of the last three weeks, and the Miami Dolphins have been very vulnerable on the ground of late.

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Vikings | Ben Tate, Joe Banyard may see more time

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:16:09 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RBs Ben Tate and Joe Banyard could receive more carries, because head coach Mike Zimmer thought RB Matt Asiata received too many carries in Week 14. Asiata received 19 of the 23 carries during the game.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata probably will still receive a majority of the carries but will see his number of touches go down with Tate and Banyard receiving more carries. Asiata should only be considered a desperate flex option for owners, while Tate and Banyard should not be considered for starting lineups.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata starting Sunday

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:12:06 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is active Sunday, Nov. 30, and will start at running back.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata ($4,100; 8.2% of your cap) makes a basement flex option if you choose to load up elsewhere on FantasyScore.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata listed as probable

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:00:46 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is probable for Week 13.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata should get a lot of playing time with Jerick McKinnon ruled out. He's a good value play at just $4,100 on FantasyScore.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata takes part in practice

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:41:08 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata appears to be on track to play in Week 13 and should receive some carries during the game. Asiata costs $4,100 on FantasyScore and could be a cheap flex option for owners.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata says he'll play in Week 13

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:14:45 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26, and he said he'll play in Week 13 against the Carolina Panthers. "It's always tough to sit out and watch your team," Asiata said after the workout. "But I'm back, and I'm cleared up, and I'm ready to go."

Fantasy Tip: Asiata ($4,100) returns to find a three-headed monster in the Vikings backfield, with Jerick McKinnon ($5,400) and Ben Tate ($3,700) also involved. If Asiata receives enough touches, he could be a bargain play at FantasyScore against the Panthers.

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Vikings | Week 12 Inactives

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:29:34 -0800

The Minnesota Vikings have declared OT Austin Wentworth, LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey, RB Matt Asiata, LB Michael Mauti, DL Sharrif Floyd, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 12.

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Vikings | Ben Tate will play

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:45:21 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate will be active Sunday, Nov. 23, and have a role in Week 12. RB Matt Asiata will be inactive.

Fantasy Tip: Tate ($4,900; 9.8% of your cap) probably won't have enough of a role this week to be a factor on FantasyScore. It's pretty hard to sign with a team and have a big role at running back the same week.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata ruled out

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:55:49 -0800

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) did not participate in practice and has been ruled out for Week 12.

Fantasy Tip: With Asiata out, Jerick McKinnon will likely continue to get most of the work, and will cost $5,400 in FantasyScore. Ben Tate could also see carries , and will cost $4,900 in FantasyScore.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata sits out Friday

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:04:58 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) missed his third straight day of practice Friday, Nov. 21.

Fantasy Tip: We'll have to wait and see what Asiata's status is for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers, but it doesn't look good. Ignore him at FantasyScore. Jerick McKinnon ($5,400) should continue to take the lead-back duties, but newly-signed Ben Tate ($4,900) could have a pretty significant role in his team debut if Asiata is out. Tate makes for an interesting flex option, especially if he sees goal-line work.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata sitting again

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:26:22 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata will have to pass his concussion tests before being cleared to play, so he could miss Week 12. Jerick McKinnon and Ben Tate likely would see time at running back if Asiata is ruled out. McKinnon likely would receive a majority of the work since Tate joined the team earlier in the week. McKinnon costs $5,400 on FantasyScore and could be a good starting option. Owners should avoid using Ben Tate until he has a better understanding of the offense.

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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon still the lead back

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:52:53 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) will retain the lead-back role, even after the team claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner said Tate was brought in for insurance because both McKinnon and RB Matt Asiata (concussion) were dealing with injuries this week. McKinnon said he will be ready for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. However, Asiata's status is in doubt. "We're excited about Jerick and what he's done and I see him as our running back," Turner said. "He's been limited in practice last week and couldn't practice (Wednesday) So you got to protect yourself, obviously with Matt not being able to practice (Wednesday) and in doubt as to whether he'll play or not."

Fantasy Tip: The real loser of the Tate signing has to be Asiata. McKinnon ($5,400) should play against the Packers, but how much will the Vikes run if they fall behind big early? Tate ($4,900) looks to be part of another committee, but he'll have better chance for fantasy success in his new digs. Consider him a flex option at FantasyScore.

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Vikings | Ben Tate gives Vikes depth

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:07:02 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate gives the team much-needed depth at the running back position, with RBs Jerick McKinnon (back) and Matt Asiata (concussion) both missing practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. McKinnon leads the team with 484 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average, while Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and a one receiving TD, but he has just 3.3 yards per carry.

Fantasy Tip: Tate ($4,900) could become part of another three-headed monster in Minnesota, but one would think he'd have a better shot at fantasy success this time around, especially with McKinnon ($5,400) and Asiata ($4,100) injured this week. Tate could wind up starting this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, but this backfield could be a crapshoot at FantasyScore, especially if the Packers get out to an early lead.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata does not practice

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:18:24 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to see if Asiata will be able to practice later in the week. Jerick McKinnon is also injured, so Ben Tate could receive playing time in his first game with the Vikings. Tate costs $4,900 on FantasyScore, but owners may want to avoid using him since he probably will not have a great understanding of the offense yet.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata runs for three TDs

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 18:20:19 -0800

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried 10 times for 26 yards and three touchdowns in Week 9 against the Washington Redskins. He also hauled in four balls for 31 yards. It was Asiata's third career three-touchdown game, the most of any undrafted player in his first three seasons since 1967.

Fantasy Tip: Asiata is huge around the goal line, and as long as he remains healthy, his presence will eat into the fantasy appeal of Jerick McKinnon.

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Vikings | MIN RBs share workload

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:48:18 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 43 snaps Sunday, Oct. 26, while RB Matt Asiata played 27. McKinnon accounted for 61 percent of the offensive snaps, while Asiata played 39 percent.

Fantasy Tip: McKinnon is the clear leader at the position, but he's only a matchup play right now on FantasyScore.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata sees limited touches

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:56:09 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata carried just six times for 24 yards in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills, while posting one reception for 13 yards.

Fantasy Tip: Rookie Jerick McKinnon had 21 total touches, and he went over 100 rushing yards in the loss. Asiata's fantasy star has clearly dimmed, and he appears to be second on the depth chart behind the Georgia Southern product. Avoid Asiata in FantasyScore going forward unless McKinnon's production slips or he is injured.

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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon a lone bright spot

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:31:24 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon received his first start of his career in the team's Week 6 loss to the Detroit Lions. He had 11 carries for 40 yards and also a team-high six catches for 42 yards, as he was the lone bright spot of the offense. RB Matt Asiata had only two carries for negative five yards and one catch for 18 yards in the game. It was the first time Asiata didn't have double-digit carries since RB Adrian Peterson has been out.

Fantasy Tip: McKinnon has stepped up and made the most of his expanded workload, and it looks like he may be taking the starting job from Asiata. McKinnon is a more of an all-purpose back, too, making him more valuable in PPR formats like FantasyScore. The Vikings face a tough running matchup against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, though.

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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon takes over

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:08:29 -0700

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 58 offensive snaps in Week 6, while RB Matt Asiata played in just 15. McKinnon had 11 rushes for 40 yards and a team-high six catches for 42 yards.

Fantasy Tip: McKinnon has a solid matchup against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7 and should be a worthwhile flex option on FantasyScore.

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