Matt Asiata's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 15

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2013

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Well, at least Minnesota Vikings fans know they have a solid third-string running back.

With both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart sidelined against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15, Matt Asiata was thrust into the starting role. He didn't disappoint—especially for fantasy owners brave enough to give him a spot start—with three rushing touchdowns. 

In all, Asiata rushed 30 times for 51 yards and the three scores, adding three catches for another 15 yards.

Now, unless Peterson and Gerhart can't go again next week—or if the Vikings decide to copy a page out of Washington's book and sit Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season, similar to the situation with Robert Griffin IIIAsiata doesn't possess much fantasy value going forward.

Not only that, but Asiata's fantasy value was also completely tied to touchdowns against Philadelphia. Even if he was given another start, he'd be a very risky player to rely on against the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions (in leagues that have their championship in Week 17).

In other words, he probably shouldn't be a priority on the waiver wire this week. But hey, at least when he got the chance, he took advantage of it, making a select few fantasy owners out there look very, very smart for starting him.  


Hit me up on Twitter. I'll answer your fantasy lineup questions, tweet random fantasy musings and promise to never bench my top fantasy quarterback when he's fully healthy. I'm looking at you, Mike Shanahan.

Follow TRappaRT on Twitter