Let's face it:
Never was it more evident than in Week 15, when he caught seven passes for 50 yards, both season highs. Maybe that's the ceiling of what he can do, but he hasn't had less than three catches since Week 7, averaging 4.2 in six games.
Certainly in PPR leagues, that gives him a big boost in value, but the potential for an extra 20-plus yards makes a difference in standard leagues as well, especially since he's really the Vikings' only choice to carry the ball at the goal line, provided they make it there.
He's not an ideal start, particularly for a playoff-caliber Fantasy team, but for Week 16 at Miami, a team that has struggled against the run, you could do worse if you get in a pinch.
Asiata didn't have a productive game on the ground, gaining just 33 yards on 11 carries. He was, however, efficient when it mattered, pounding in a 2 yard score in the first quarter. Minnesota opted to pass throughout the contest, leaving Asiata without many opportunities on the ground. He was able to make an impact as a pass-catcher, hauling in seven passes for 50 yards.
Asiata will look for more Week 16 against the Dolphins.
Despite receiving the majority of the rushing carries,
Asiata was held to 54 rushing yards on 19 attempts. Asiata caught three receptions for 10 yards on four targets, but was held scoreless. The 19 rushing attempts were the most Asiata received since Week 4. Asiata has yet to rush for more than 100 yards in any game this season.
The Vikings travel to Detroit Week 15.
With Jerick McKinnon out with a back injury,
Asiata continued to show he is a perfectly average option at the running back position for the
Asiata has held down the fort for the Vikings in a difficult season, but has done little to show he is a long-term option. If McKinnon can get back soon, Asiata will likely return to his role as a third down back, but either way, is unlikely to be worth much as a Fantasy option down the stretch.
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