Asiasi suited up for just one regular season game in 2021, logging just 12 snaps and zero targets.
Analysis: The 2020 third-rounder's lone appearance corresponded with the one-game absence of fellow tight end Jonnu Smith. Asiasi is signed with the Patriots through the 2023 season, as is Dalton Keene -- who was also a third round choice in 2020. However, neither of the two pass catchers will be on the fantasy radar as long as Smith and Hunter Henry are healthy and available.
Jan 27, 2022 1:56 PM EST
Asiasi is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: With Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith both healthy and active, Asiasi will again sit out. He has yet to play in a game for the Patriots this season.
Oct 3, 2021 4:19 PM EST
Asiasi was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Asiasi's return coincides with fellow 2020 draft pick, Dalton Keene, shifting to injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. The offseason signings of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith have essentially assured Asiasi will be primarily a special teams asset this season provided the expensive duo stays healthy.
Aug 7, 2021 1:46 PM EST
Asiasi (illness) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is practicing virtually, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.
Analysis: Asiasi is considered 'out indefinitely' according to Hannable, but Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that the second-year tight end is only experiencing mild symptoms, and that he's targeting a return to the field as soon as he's cleared all of the league's protocols related to COVID-19. David Wells is expected to handle increased reps behind Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith until Asiasi is cleared for a return.
Jul 27, 2021 10:14 AM EST
Asiasi, who caught just two passes in nine games as a rookie last season, "quietly put together a solid spring," according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Analysis: That said, the 2020 third-rounder sits no higher than third on the Patriots' tight end depth chart following the team's offseason additions of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry in free agency. Asiasi thus profiles as a depth option as the coming season approaches and is off the fantasy radar as long Smith and Henry are available. Also in the team's TE mix behind the top duo are Dalton Keene, Matt LaCosse and Troy Fumagalli.
Jun 21, 2021 1:42 PM EST
Asiasi finished the 2020 season with two catches on seven targets for 39 yards yards and a TD in nine games.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow rookie tight end Dalton Keene caught three passes for 16 yards in six contests. It was hardly the production the Patriots were looking for when using a pair of third-round draft picks to secure the duo, but both players do possess some long-term upside. It's a bit early to assess Asiasi's 2021 fantasy prospects, however, with personnel changes in the team's offense likely on tap this offseason, both at TE and QB.
Jan 7, 2021 10:23 AM EST
Asiasi was on the field for 47 of the Patriots' 50 snaps on offense in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Despite the season-high in playing time, Asiasi was targeted just twice and didn't record a catch Monday. With the 2020 third-rounder still looking for his first NFL catch, Asiasi remains off the fantasy radar heading into Week 17.
Dec 29, 2020 6:30 AM EST
Asiasi logged 23 of a possible 59 snaps on offense in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow rookie tight end Dalton Keene was out there for 31 snaps, but neither player caught a pass Thursday. With Ryan Izzo (hamstring/hand/neck) on IR and Jordan Thomas having been a healthy scratch in Week 14, both Asiasi (who saw one target versus the Rams) and Keene could be incorporated more in the Patriots offense down the stretch. Until that happens, however, nether player merits fantasy consideration.
Dec 11, 2020 10:34 AM EST
Asiasi (undisclosed) has been activated off IR in advance of Thursday night's game against the Rams, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Ryan Izzo (hamstring/hand/neck) was placed on IR, leaving Asiasi, Dalton Keene and Jordan Thomas as the Patriots' available tight ends in Week 14. Though Asiasi has some long-term potential, he has yet to record a catch through his first five games as a pro and therefore has much to prove before he can be considered for fantasy lineups.
Dec 10, 2020 2:18 PM EST
Asiasi (undisclosed) is present at Wednesday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: New England will now have a 21-day window to evaluate Asiasi at practice without his counting against the active roster. The rookie tight end has appeared in five games this season, but he's still looking to garner his first career catch.
Nov 25, 2020 10:47 AM EST
Asiasi (personal) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 23-year-old missed Sunday's loss to Buffalo due to personal reasons, but it's unclear why he was moved to injured reserve. Asiasi will be sidelined for at least the next three games. He's played only 81 snaps in five games this season, so his absence is unlikely to impact New England's gameplans.
Nov 3, 2020 2:37 PM EST
Asiasi didn't travel with the Patriots to Buffalo due to personal reasons and won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Analysis: Though Ryan Izzo (seven receptions for 90 yards in six games) has been one of the NFL's least-productive starting tight ends, neither Asiasi nor fellow rookie Dalton Keene (knee) have been able to make a major push for reps during their rookie seasons. Asiasi's absence Week 8 could still prove costly from a depth standpoint, as the Patriots would have no other available tight ends behind Izzo if Keene -- who is listed as questionable -- is unable to suit up.
Nov 1, 2020 6:40 AM EST
Asiasi is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Asiasi has yet to be targeted through five games this season and is a healthy scratch Sunday. As a result, fellow third-round tight end Dalton Keene is slated to make his NFL debut.
Oct 25, 2020 12:12 PM EST
Asiasi was on the field for 29 of a possible 69 snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Raiders, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: That's a season high for the rookie, but he wasn't targeted in the contest. For now, New England's tight ends aren't a big part of the team's passing attack and Asiasi's fantasy upside is limited in that context, especially since he continues to be out-snapped by Ryan Izzo (43).
Sep 28, 2020 10:05 AM EST
Asiasi was on the field for 10 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 21-11 win over the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Asiasi was not targeted in the game, while Ryan Izzo saw action on 63 snaps and hauled in one of his two targets for 25 yards. Down the road, Asiasi and fellow rookie Dalton Keene (neck) -- who was inactive Sunday -- should get into the team's pass-catching mix, but for now no New England tight end is a reliable fantasy option.
Sep 14, 2020 3:45 PM EST
Asiasi (foot/ankle) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: Asiasi suffered an injury toward the end of training camp, but it doesn't look like it was too serious, as the tight end will be ready to make his NFL debut Sunday versus the Dolphins. The rookie third-round pick will likely split snaps with Ryan Izzo and Dalton Keene to start the years since there's no clear No. 1 among the bunch. However, there's plenty of targets up for grabs, as Julian Edelman (knee) and James White are the only players with locked-in target shares.
Sep 9, 2020 2:31 PM EST
Asiasi (foot/ankle) was able to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Analysis: Asiasi was forced out of Tuesday's practice after appearing to suffer a foot or ankle injury, but his presence on the field Wednesday indicates that the issue was minor. Asiasi and fellow 2020 third-rounder Dalton Keene are looking to carve out roles in the New England offense as rookies, with Darren Hartwell of NBCSBoston noting that Asiasi had "been plenty solid in the first week of workouts" prior to his exit from Tuesday's practice. For his part, Keene has shown well in practice as well, and it's plausible that the duo will form a time-share out of the gate. In such a scenario, both players would be hit-or-miss fantasy options, though if either quickly emerges in the Patriots' passing game, there could be some in-season value to be found.
Aug 26, 2020 9:35 AM EST
Asiasi left Tuesday's practice to receive medical attention on his foot/ankle, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal said Asiasi and fellow rookie tight end Dalton Keene both enjoyed their best practice of training camp the day prior. While fantasy contributions from rookie TEs are few and far between, the state of the New England depth chart suggests the team will at least need Asiasi and/or Keene to handle a bunch of snaps. This injury could crack the door open for Keene, though initial reports don't hint at the issue being too serious.
Aug 25, 2020 9:33 AM EST
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