| McKinnon place on IR, back injury -- Sat Dec 6 6:00 pm --|
Asiata expected to start
|The Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve, ending his rookie season.
McKinnon hurt his lower back and missed the last game against Carolina. He was already ruled out for Sunday, when the Vikings host the New York Jets. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: McKinnon can be safely dropped in all redraft leagues. Expect the Vikings to use Matt Asiata and Ben Tate on Sunday against the Jets. Asiata would be a desperation FLEX play against a solid Jets run defense.
| Jerick McKinnon sits with back injury -- Fri Nov 28 1:10 pm --|
Status for Sunday doesn't look good
|Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon was the only player absent at Friday’s practice.
McKinnon hasn’t participated all week dealing with a lingering low back injury. His status at this point for Sunday’s game against the Panthers doesn’t look too good. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Having missed practice all week, McKinnon is a candidate for the inactive list. Matt Asiata is expected to return this week and and should split carries with Joe Banyard and newly acquired Ben Tate. The Vikings running back situation is one to avoid in Week 13.
| McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited -- Wed Nov 26 4:46 pm --|
Kyle Rudolph practices in full
|Did not participate: TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), FS Harrison Smith (shoulder/ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee).
Limited participation: RB Matt Asiata (concussion), LT Matt Kalil (knee) and LB Anthony Barr (knee).
Full participation: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin), WR Jarius Wright (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (rib) and RT Mike Harrison (ankle).
FF Today's Take: With Jerick McKinnon banged up, recent addition Ben Tate is likely to be worked into the rotation week 13. Until the backfield situation is worked out in Minnesota it is tough to trust any Viking running back for fantasy purposes.
|Vikings claim Ben Tate off waivers -- Wed Nov 19 4:27 pm --|
Minnesota gets "replacement" for Peterson
|The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told ESPN.com's Field Yates. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Adrian Peterson all but out for the rest of the season, and Matt Asiata working through the league's concussion protocol, the Vikings were in need of running back help. Expect a timeshare with McKinnon and Tate moving forward. This move derails the small value McKinnon currently has and puts both in RB4 territory.
|Jerick McKinnon gets the start over Asiata -- Sun Oct 12 11:30 pm --|
Vikings shake up running back depth chart
|Jerick McKinnon was informed during the week that he would start against the Lions, and he did.
“I tried to prepare myself the best for it, really dial in, focus in on my assignment and make sure that I was on top of everything,” McKinnon said.
McKinnon gained 40 yards on 11 rushes and had a team-high six catches for 42 yards.
Matt Asiata, meanwhile, got two carries for minus-5 yards.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: The Vikings kept their depth chart change quiet leading up to Week 6. McKinnon has more athletic ability than Asiata and provides a home-run threat that Asiata doesn't possess. McKinnon has RB3 value until the Vikings prove they can move the ball on a consistent basis.
|Zimmer: McKinnon still change-of-pace back -- Mon Sep 29 3:35 pm --|
Rookie rushed for 135 yards in Week 4
|Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, HC Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back. Zimmer said he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses.
“I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Matt Asiata has scored three touchdowns in a game twice through four career starts, yet just about all anyone wants to talk about McKinnon. At the moment, Zimmer's statement is probably more telling about Adrian Peterson's future than it is about Asiata's lead-back role. With that said, McKinnon needs to be added in whatever leagues he was available in because there is no question he should see roughly 10-15 touches per week in an offense that will feature the running game.