Asiata had a productive season with 402 yards rushing, six touchdowns and 32 receptions for 263 yards. He worked as the goal-line back and the No. 2 running back most of the season with Adrian Peterson missing 13 games. His 3.3 yards per carry wasn't impressive, but he was running behind an injury-depleted offensive line and he's always been more of a sure-handed player than explosive back. He'll likely have a similar role in 2017, but much of his fantasy value depends on whether the
Asiata rushed six times for 34 yards and caught three of four targets for 30 yards in Saturday's loss to the Packers.
Asiata was expected to see an expanded role in the absence of Adrian Peterson (knee/groin), but Minnesota could never commit to the ground game while playing in catch-up mode most of the day. Furthermore, as the Packers are much stronger against the run than they are against the pass, Asiata's services simply weren't needed in the red zone because QB Sam Bradford was able to exploit the Green Bay secondary three times through the air. His outlook moving forward is contingent upon Peterson's health, but if his teammate sits, Asiata could be in store for a larger workload in the Vikings' regular season finale Week 17 against the Bears.
With teammate Adrian Peterson (knee/groin) ruled out, Asiata could be in store for an expanded role Saturday against the Packers.
Asiata played merely 12 snaps in Peterson's return from injury last weekend, but with the former MVP back on the sideline again Saturday, Asiata could enjoy a split of snaps with Jerick McKinnon at running back. Although his 3.3 yards per carry this season have left much to be desired, Asiata's six rushing touchdowns at least provide some fantasy upside.
Asiata (ankle) had just one reception for 20 yards and did not have a carry in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis.
Asiata played just 12 snaps on offense as he became a clear third-string running back with Adrian Peterson back from a knee injury. Asiata may have been more of a factor if the Vikings had goal-line chances or were playing with a lead. Still, he's likely going to have a limited role with Peterson back.
Asiata (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt versus the Colts.
The Vikings thus will deploy a three-headed backfield that will be helmed by the returning Adrian Peterson. Jerrick McKinnon and Asiata will presumably divvy up any leftover carries, the amount of which will largely depend on Peterson's durability and health during the contest.
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