As if injuries haven’t been bad enough for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, it got a bit worse heading into week 8 as new starting tailback Jerick McKinnon has been ruled out for Monday Night’s showdown against the Chicago Bears. McKinnon has filled in for Adrian Peterson, who of course got injured earlier in the season with an injury forcing him to miss extended time.

Fantasy Impact

With McKinnon out, Matt Asiata is the next man up in Minnesota’s backfield. In my eyes, he is a must start for fantasy owners who need help at the RB position. He’s a TD machine as the more experienced fantasy players remember his 9 TD season back in 2014.

Asiata is an old school type RB who can power through defenses. Asiata won’t make the big play, but he’s guaranteed carries in the goal-line and I’ll go out and guarantee he reaches paydirt at least once on Monday Night Football. Well worth a start in the FLEX. He’s been given double-digit carries in the past two games, so he could easily eclipse 20 as the lead back. He’s scored both of his TDs in 2 of the past 3 games. Available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues.

With McKinnon out, Ronnie Hillman becomes an intriguing fantasy option. Compared to Asiata, he’s the more talented back, it just comes down to knowledge of the offense which Hillman lacks. However, he should see a steady workload and could take advantage. His only run on the year so far went for -6 yards. However, his upside could payoff in deeper leagues.  Ran for over 850 yards with 7 TDs last season in Denver. He’s certainly a name to watch this week.

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The Editor-in-Chief of Breaking Football, Jonathan has been an amateur NFL Draft evaluator for nearly the past five years. He prides himself on producing extensive, informative content. Follow him on Twitter @JonValenciaBF for fresh draft takes and GIF analysis of draft prospects. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore area, Jonathan now resides in Washington state with his wife.