Jerick McKinnon

#21 RB / Minnesota Vikings / EXP: 4YRS Height: 5-9 Weight: 205 lb Age: 25 College: Georgia Southern Bye 9

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  • McKinnon rushed seven times for 46 yards and caught two of three targets for nine more in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina. McKinnon was far more effective on a per-touch basis than Latavius Murray, averaging 6.6 yards per rush compared to Murray's 1.6. Neither running back was able to get into a rhythm with Minnesota never holding a lead in this one, but the team's 10-3 record suggests gameflow won't be an issue most weeks. If McKinnon keeps outplaying Murray, he'll get a greater share of the workload moving forward after being out-touched, 11-9, in this one.

  • McKinnon carried nine times for 24 yards and caught all five targets for 28 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 14-9 win over the Falcons. McKinnon averaged an underwhelming 3.7 yards per touch in this one, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a two-yard touchdown reception. Latavius Murray received a larger workload yet again and was much more effective on a per-touch basis, though he wasn't able to find the end zone. McKinnon will maintain a notable role next week against the Panthers, but he will need to make better use of the touches he gets with Murray continuing to lead the backfield.

  • McKinnon rushed 13 times for just 23 yards and caught a 31-yard reception during Thursday's 30-23 win over Detroit. After getting out to a 13-point lead early, the Minnesota game script wasn't favorable for McKinnon's skill set and role in the offense. His only catch came on the Vikings' second drive, and he primarily rushed in obvious running situations all afternoon. Additionally, for the third consecutive week, Latavius Murray ran for more yards per attempt and received more red-zone carries. It's not all doom and gloom for McKinnon, but his value appears to be becoming more reliant on his work in the passing game, which hurts his game-to-game fantasy floor.

  • McKinnon rushed 14 times for 48 yards and brought in five of seven targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams. McKinnon's final line wasn't awful by any stretch, but he did check in significantly behind backfield Latavius Murray's 95 rushing yards. On a brighter note, his five catches were tied for second on the team, but his 2.4 YPC left much to be desired. Even though Murray has outproduced him on the ground over the last two weeks, the Vikings are still splitting rushing touches fairly evenly between the two, which when combined with McKinnon's passing game role, keeps him a viable fantasy asset. He'll look to contribute in a key Thanksgiving Day divisional clash with the Lions.

  • Vikings' Jerick McKinnon: Held to 47 yards
    By RotoWire Staff

    McKinnon rushed 10 times for 32 yard and and added two catches for 15 yards in Sunday's 38-30 win over Washington. The 12 touches and 47 yards were both lows for McKinnon since rookie Dalvin Cook was lost for the season with a torn ACL. McKinnon touched the ball 42 times and scored thrice in Cook's first two games out of the lineup, but he has scored just once in three games since. Latavius Murray, meanwhile, has two touchdowns in the past three games, and he's outpaced McKinnon in touches by a 55-49 margin. McKinnon still offers a receiving element that Murray does not and should continue to see 15 to 20 touches per game, but it doesn't appear as though he'll serve in the lead-back role he appeared destined for in the immediate aftermath of Cook's injury.

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