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 (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday. Since Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL in Week 4, McKinnon has averaged 76.9 yards per game from scrimmage and scored five total touchdowns across nine outings. That said, McKinnon hasn't surpassed 60 scrimmage yards in five consecutive contests. After a brief reduction in reps Wednesday, he returned Thursday without limitations, setting himself up to take advantage of the Bengals' 19th-ranked defense Sunday.

  • McKinnon was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Courtney Cronin of reports. After six consecutive games in which he failed to surpass 3.6 yards per carry, McKinnon found daylight in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, gaining 46 yards on seven totes. Despite his efficient work, McKinnon saw his usage dwindle after halftime, with the shoulder issue perhaps offering an explanation for that. McKinnon's ability to practice in any capacity Wednesday suggests his injury shouldn't keep him out Week 15 against the Bengals, but his situation will warrant a closer look if he fails to turn in a full session either Thursday or Friday.

  • 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.

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