Mike Boone

Mike Boone

Running Back #5
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 206 lb.
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Mike Boone: Finds end zone in loss

Boone scored a four-yard touchdown run in Friday's 52-33 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: To the dismay of Dalvin Cook's fantasy managers, Mike Boone punched in a four-yard score in the second quarter. That rush marked Boone's fifth carry of the season, and he's played just 19 snaps on offense all year.

December 28, 2020 10:16 AM EST

Mike Boone: Just two carries Sunday

Boone had two carries for eight yards and one reception for four yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Boone played just four snaps on offense, as he and Ameer Abdullah combined for just seven touches behind Dalvin Cook with Alexander Mattison (abdomen) out. No backup running back will have viable fantasy value in most formats as long as the Vikings continue to heavily utilize Cook.

December 14, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Mike Boone: No touches since Week 6

Boone played two snaps on offense and didn't receive a touch in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Boone didn't receive increased usage with Alexander Mattison (abdomen) out of the lineup. Instead, Dalvin Cook handled 87 percent of the offensive snaps and totaled 38 touches. Boone won't have fantasy value unless Cook gets hurt. Even if that happens, he'll compete with Ameer Abdullah for reps behind Mattison, making Boone a poor insurance policy for fantasy purposes.

December 8, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Mike Boone: No carries for second straight game

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

Analysis: 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. 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.

November 10, 2020 7:06 PM EST

Mike Boone: Just one carry Sunday

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

Analysis: 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 will likely return to a minimal role with Cook expected to return after Minnesota's bye in Week 7.

October 19, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Mike Boone: Steps into backup role

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

Analysis: 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.

October 12, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Mike Boone: Ready to go against Titans

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

Analysis: 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 27, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Mike Boone: Officially questionable for Week 3

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

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

September 25, 2020 10:45 AM EST

Mike Boone: Upgraded Thursday

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

Analysis: 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 24, 2020 3:09 PM EST

Mike Boone: Not practicing Wednesday

Boone (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: 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 23, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Mike Boone: Enters concussion protocol

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

Analysis: 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 20, 2020 11:49 AM EST

Mike Boone: Plays only on special teams

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

Analysis: 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.

September 14, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Mike Boone: Looks explosive in scrimmage

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

Analysis: 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.

August 28, 2020 11:15 PM EST

Mike Boone: Totals 273 rushing yards

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

Analysis: 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, since Cook and Mattison are both set to return to Minnesota's backfield.

January 13, 2020 9:49 PM EST

Mike Boone: Reduced role on tap

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.

Analysis: 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.

January 2, 2020 9:47 AM EST

Mike Boone: Gashes Bears in finale

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.

Analysis: 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 1:38 PM EST

Mike Boone: Likely to lead Week 17 backfield

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.

Analysis: 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 29, 2019 8:57 AM EST

Mike Boone: Likely to start again

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

Analysis: 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 may rest some starters for Sunday's game, 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 Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Looking ahead to the playoffs, the Vikings expect Cook to be ready for the wild-card round.

December 27, 2019 11:27 AM EST

Mike Boone: Flops as starter

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

Analysis: 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 return in Week 17 against the Bears, it's tough to recommend Boone after this mediocre performance.

December 23, 2019 8:27 PM EST

Mike Boone: Getting Week 16 start

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

Analysis: 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 Boone can't handle.

December 23, 2019 3:56 PM EST

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