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23 Mike Boone RB

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November 10, 2020 10:12 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: No carries for second straight game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone posted one tackle on 18 special-teams snaps, but he logged zero offensive snaps during Sunday's 34-20 win against the Lions.

The third-year back out of Cincinnati collected a combined four offensive touches between Weeks 5 and 6, with Dalvin Cook's inactive designation Oct. 18 against the Falcons due to a groin injury providing extra opportunity for the backup committee. With Cook returning to the fold after Minnesota's Week 7 bye, Boone hasn't fielded an offensive snap since. Boone remains the Vikings' No. 3 back behind Cook and Alexander Mattison heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Bears' 14th-ranked rush defense.

October 19, 2020 05:12 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Just one carry Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone lost a yard on his only carry in Sunday's loss to Atlanta, a critical loss on a fourth-and-goal play.

Boone played on just five of the offense's 56 snaps as Ameer Abdullah (16 snaps) got more playing time as Alexander Mattison's backup with Dalvin Cook sidelined with a groin injury. Abdullah is used more in the passing game, and the Vikings were playing from behind a large deficit most of the game. Boone likely will return to a minimal role with Cook expected to return after Minnesota's Week 7 bye.

October 12, 2020 03:56 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Steps into backup role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone had two carries for 19 yards in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Boone had his first touches on offense this season after Dalvin Cook left the game with a groin injury. Boone has always been productive when on the field and could get playing time next week as Alexander Mattison's backup if Cook remains sidelined.

September 27, 2020 11:40 AM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Ready to go against Titans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone (concussion) is listed as active heading into Sunday's matchup against the Titans.

The 25-year-old back suffered a concussion during the second quarter of Minnesota's Week 2 loss to Indianapolis, and he subsequently sat out Wednesday's practice session. Boone was upgraded to limited Thursday, and he has since passed the league's concussion protocol given his status for Sunday. Without a carry to this point on the season, Boone will slot into a depth role at running back during Week 3.

September 25, 2020 07:52 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Officially questionable for Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Boone has trended up since missing practice Wednesday, but the depth running back will need to clear concussion protocol in order to suit up on game day.

September 24, 2020 06:12 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Upgraded Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone (concussion) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.

After failing to practice Wednesday, Boone was able to participate in some capacity just a day later, casting some optimism for his Week 3 availability. Boone is still in the league's concussion protocol, so he'll have to be cleared to make an appearance Sunday. His Friday practice session should grant more of a clear picture about his chances for Sunday's game against Tennessee.

September 23, 2020 05:20 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Not practicing Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

Boone entered the league's concussion protocol during this past Sunday's loss to the Colts. He has two more practices to get on the field ahead of Week 3's matchup versus the Titans; otherwise, he'll likely miss his first game since 2018. Since he's played exclusively on special teams this season, his injury isn't a concern for the offensive dynamic.

September 20, 2020 02:52 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Enters concussion protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone (concussion) won't return to Sunday's game against the Colts, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Boone was forced to enter the protocol in the second quarter, and he won't return to the game when his team returns in the third quarter. The Cincinnati product will now need to gain clearance from independent league doctors before returning to action. Ameer Abdullah and Alexander Mattison will handle depth running back duties with Boone sidelined.

September 14, 2020 03:40 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Plays only on special teams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone did not play a snap on offense in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He did play 17 snaps on special teams.

Boone is listed as fourth on the RB depth chart, though he'd likely supplant Ameer Abdullah if Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison were to get hurt and the team needed someone to get significant carries. In the meantime, Boone's role will be limited almost exclusively to special teams.

August 29, 2020 01:28 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Looks explosive in scrimmage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone scored a touchdown on a swing pass from Jake Browning in Friday's dress rehearsal scrimmage at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He looked even more elusive and explosive than he did last year, according to Arif Hasan of The Athletic.

Boone has had a strong training camp, but he's still the No. 3 running back behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. While he may be one of the better No. 3 running backs in the league, he may not get many carries unless the top two running backs are injured.

January 14, 2020 01:08 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Totals 273 rushing yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone carried 49 times for 273 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 17 yards in 16 games this season.

Boone served as the Vikings' No. 3 running back for most of the season, but he started in Weeks 16 and 17 with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison sidelined. He struggled against the Packers but had 160 yards from scrimmage versus the Bears in the regular-season finale. Boone enters 2020 with little to zero fantasy value because Cook and Mattison are both set to return to Minnesota's backfield.

January 2, 2020 12:48 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Reduced role on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone is expected to move down to third on the depth chart at running back in Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Saints with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) in line to return from multi-game absences, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.

Mattison was sidelined for each of the Vikings' final three games, while Cook missed the last two contests and exited early in the Week 15 win over the Chargers. During that three-game stretch, Boone turned in 232 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries (5.7 YPC), but little of that production (11 totes for 28 yards) came in the Week 16 loss to the Packers, when he was most likely to be used in fantasy lineups. After opening the week as full participants in practice, Cook and Mattison look set to handle their regular roles as the Nos. 1 and 2 backs, which likely leaves little work left over for Boone. In the 13 games in which both Cook and Mattison were available during the regular season, Boone played only 15 offensive snaps in total and carried the ball eight times.

December 29, 2019 04:40 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Gashes Bears in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone carried 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bears. He also caught two of three targets for 12 yards in the 21-19 loss.

Boone gashed a solid Chicago front for an impressive 8.7 yards per carry, thanks in large part to a career-long gain of 59 yards. He scored a one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter and rounded out his performance with a pair of catches as well. Boone disappointed many fantasy owners in last week's start against the Packers, but this performance was much more along the lines of what some thought he was capable of. With that said, the rookie back could head to the bench in the playoffs if Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) return from their injuries.

December 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Likely to lead Week 17 backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone is expected to serve as the Vikings' lead option on the ground Sunday against the Bears with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) both inactive for the contest.

While the Vikings' top two backs on the depth chart were sidelined in the Week 16 loss to the Packers, Boone drew his first NFL start but couldn't capitalize on the opportunity, carrying 11 times for 28 yards and notching a five-yard reception. Boone should be on the field for the Vikings' initial snaps again in the regular-season finale, but if he struggles to get going early, coach Mike Zimmer could choose to rely more heavily on fourth-stringer Ameer Abdullah. In the loss to Green Bay, Abdullah served as the top pass-catching specialist out of the backfield (six catches for 31 yards on seven targets) and nearly matched Boone's output on the ground on far fewer carries (four totes for 27 yards).

December 27, 2019 02:36 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Likely to start again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone could get another start Sunday against the Bears, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

With Dalvin Cook (shoulder) ruled out and Alexander Mattison (ankle) listed as questionable, Boone should have a chance at redemption after his Week 16 start against the Packers yielded 33 yards on 12 touches. He was benched in favor of Ameer Abdullah for most of the second half, with coach Mike Zimmer noting afterward that the second-year pro had missed a few cutback lanes on his carries. In any case, the Vikings are locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed and seemingly plan to rest some key players, but they'll also be playing against a number of backups, with the Bears ruling out defensive linemen Akiem Hicks (elbow) and Eddie Goldman (concussion). Even so, Boone makes for a risky fantasy option, particularly if Mattison is declared active prior to the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Looking ahead to the playoffs, the Vikings expect Cook to be ready for the wild-card round.

December 24, 2019 07:08 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Flops as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone rushed 11 times for 28 yards and caught his lone target for another five yards in Monday's 23-10 loss to the Packers.

Boone got the start with Dalvin Cook (chest) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) unavailable, but he failed to make the most of the opportunity and ceded most of the second-half work to receiving back Ameer Abdullah with Minnesota playing from behind. Even if neither of Minnesota's top two running backs returns in Week 17 against the Bears, it's tough to recommend Boone after this mediocre performance.

December 24, 2019 12:16 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Getting Week 16 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone will be the Vikings' starting running back Monday versus the Packers.

While the Vikings ruled out Dalvin Cook (chest) on Saturday, they kept the door open for Alexander Mattison (ankle) due to his ability to practice in a limited capacity. However, it marked Mattison's first on-field appearance over the last two weeks, so it's no surprise the team is making him inactive as well. As a result, Boone, owner of 4.5 yards per carry as a pro, won't have too many obstacles to touches. Meanwhile, Ameer Abdullah and fullback C.J. Ham are on hand to take on whatever workload Boone can't handle.

December 22, 2019 12:44 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Still trending toward Week 16 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone is expected to serve as the Vikings' lead back Monday against the Packers with Dalvin Cook (chest) ruled out for the contest and Alexander Mattison (ankle) listed as questionable, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Though the questionable tag implies Mattison is a 50-50 proposition for Monday, the rookie has turned in only one limited practice since injuring his ankle in the Week 14 win over Detroit. Given that the Vikings have now clinched a playoff spot following the Rams' loss to the 49ers on Saturday, Schefter posits that Minnesota won't take any chances with either of its top two backs on the depth chart in Week 16, even with the division title still at stake. As such, Boone will likely step in as the Vikings' primary ball carrier against Green Bay, just as the Cincinnati product did while Mattison was out and while Cook exited early in last week's win over the Chargers. The second-year player was impressive in his most extensive NFL action to date, carrying 13 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns but drawing no targets. Boone was never much of a receiving threat during his college days, so the Vikings may turn to Ameer Abdullah as their primary back on passing downs Monday.

December 20, 2019 06:04 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Closing in on first career start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone is drawing closer to his first career start Monday against the Packers with Dalvin Cook (chest) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) still unable to practice Friday, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

On Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Vikings are considering shutting down Cook for the final two regular-season games to get him healthy for the playoffs. Meanwhile, Mattison continues to deal with swelling and pain due to a sprained ankle that hasn't allowed him to stretch with his teammates before practice the past two weeks. The needle thus is pointing toward the Vikings starting Boone, who has averaged 4.5 YPC on 32 career rushes. While the sample size is small, he'll have a nice matchup on tap versus a Green Bay defense that has yielded 152 yards from scrimmage per game and 15 touchdowns to running backs in 14 contests this season.

December 20, 2019 08:20 PM
Vikings' Mike Boone: Prepping for potential Week 16 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boone took reps with the first-team offense during Thursday's practice while fellow running backs Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) were non-participants, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Coach Mike Zimmer was unwilling to offer much clarity on either injured back's status as Monday's game against the Packers approaches, though Adam Schefter of ESPN relayed earlier Thursday that Cook is unlikely to suit up in the divisional game and could be withheld from action in Week 17, too. Meanwhile, Cronin notes that Mattison was spotted working out on the side with a trainer but wasn't doing any running or jogging, which doesn't quell any concern about his health after he sat out the Week 15 win over the Chargers. In that game, Boone impressed while working in relief of an injured Cook, carrying 13 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns. For those in need of running back help in the fantasy playoffs, Boone at the very least makes for an appealing speculative pickup if he's available on the waiver wire, given the poor health of the players ahead of him on the depth chart.

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