Mike Boone

Mike Boone

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

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

Mike Boone: Still trending toward Week 16 start

Boone is expected to serve as the Vikings' lead back Monday against the Packers with Dalvin Cook (chest) ruled out for the contest and Alexander Mattison (ankle) listed as questionable, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Though the questionable tag implies Mattison is a 50-50 proposition for Monday, the rookie has turned in only one limited practice since injuring his ankle in the Week 14 win over Detroit. Given that the Vikings have now clinched a playoff spot following the Rams' loss to the 49ers on Saturday, Schefter posits that Minnesota won't take any chances with either of their top two backs on the depth chart in Week 16, even with the division title still at stake. As such, Boone will likely step in as the Vikings' primary ballcarrier against Green Bay, just as the Cincinnati product did while Mattison was out and while Cook exited early in last week's win over the Chargers. The second-year player was impressive in his most extensive NFL action to date, carrying 13 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns but drawing no targets. Boone was never much of a receiving threat during his college days, so the Vikings may turn to Ameer Abdullah as their primary back on passing downs Monday.

December 22, 2019 5:31 AM EST

Mike Boone: Closing in on first career start

Boone is drawing closer to his first career start Monday against the Packers with Dalvin Cook (chest) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) still unable to practice Friday, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: On Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Vikings are considering shutting down Cook for the final two regular-season games to get him healthy for the playoffs. Meanwhile, Mattison continues to deal with swelling and pain due to a sprained ankle that hasn't allowed him to take stretch with his teammates before practice the past two weeks. The needle thus is pointing toward the Vikings starting Boone, who has averaged 4.5 YPC on 32 career rushes. While the sample size is small, he'll have a nice matchup on tap versus a Green Bay defense that has yielded 152 yards from scrimmage per game and 15 touchdowns to running backs in 14 contests this season.

December 20, 2019 3:00 PM EST

Mike Boone: Prepping for potential Week 16 start

Boone took reps with the first-team offense during Thursday's practice while fellow running backs Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) were non-participants, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Zimmer was unwilling to offer much clarity on either injured back's status as Monday's game against the Packers approaches, though Adam Schefter of ESPN relayed earlier Thursday that Cook is unlikely to suit up in the divisional game and could be withheld from action in Week 17, too. Meanwhile, Cronin notes that Mattison was spotted working out on the side with a trainer but wasn't doing any running or jogging, which doesn't quell any concern about his health after he sat out the Week 16 win over the Chargers. In that game, Boone impressed while working in relief of an injured Cook, carrying 13 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns. For those in need of running back help in the fantasy playoffs, Boone at the very least makes for an appealing speculative pickup if he's available on the waiver wire, given the poor health of the players ahead of him on the depth chart.

December 19, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Mike Boone: Scores two touchdowns vs. Chargers

Boone carried 13 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 39-10 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: With Alexander Mattison (ankle) already sidelined, Boone stepped in when Dalvin Cook left with a chest injury in the third quarter. He actually fared better than Cook did on a per-touch basis while scoring short rushing scores on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be entirely surprising if Cook missed time because of his injury, meaning Boone could be in line for a larger workload next Monday against the Packers if Mattison isn't active fo the contest.

December 15, 2019 7:29 PM EST

Mike Boone: Ready to step in for Mattison

Boone is expected to fill in for the injured Alexander Mattison (ankle) as the Vikings' No. 2 running back in Sunday's game against the Chargers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I'm expecting big things from Boone and he knows that," lead back Dalvin Cook said of his new backup. "He's ready to go, no doubt about it. I'm ready to see him light it up. There's no drop off.''

Analysis: The Vikings eased up on a banged-up Cook's usage in a comfortable 20-7 win over the Lions in Week 14, allowing Mattison (16 touches) and Boone (five touches) to see more work than usual. Mattison tweaked his ankle along the way and wasn't able to practice at any point this week, allowing Boone to slide up a spot on the depth chart. With Cook's health seemingly in a better spot this week and the Vikings set to face what appears to be a more formidable opponent in Los Angeles, Boone probably won't be in store for much more than a change-of-pace role that will likely entail fewer than 10 touches.

December 13, 2019 1:58 PM EST

Mike Boone: Five carries Sunday

Boone had five carries for 13 yards in Sunday's win over Detroit.

Analysis: Boone got some work in a game where the Vikings had a large lead in the second half. He hadn't had a carry since Week 3 and would need Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison to be injured to get significant touches.

December 10, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Mike Boone: Gets first carries Sunday

Boone had three carries for 28 yards in Sunday's win over Oakland.

Analysis: Boone got his first carries of the season amid a blowout win. He played just five snaps on offense. He's not going to get much action off the bench unless Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison are hurt. However, he could emerge as the No. 3 RB over Ameer Abdullah.

September 24, 2019 9:07 AM EST

Mike Boone: Just two snaps Sunday

Boone played just two snaps on offense in Sunday's win over Atlanta but did not have a carry or target.

Analysis: Despite being a star in the preseason for the second consecutive year, Boone will be relegated to a deep reserve role. He's behind Ameer Abdullah in the battle for the No. 3 running back at this point.

September 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

Mike Boone: Another productive day

Boone carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards and found the end zone in the Vikings' third preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday. He also added one reception for six yards.

Analysis: Boone was the most productive back on the team besides Dalvin Cook, highlighted by a 20-yard gain towards the end of the third quarter. He also added a seven-yard rushing touchdown to put the Vikings ahead for good one quarter later. While still situated behind Alexander Mattison, Boone's status on the team could depend on what the team decides to do with previously touted Ameer Abdullah.

August 24, 2019 6:23 PM EST

Mike Boone: Gains 66 yards rushing Sunday

Boone had 21 carries for 66 yards in Sunday's preseason win over Seattle.

Analysis: Boone has had two strong preseason games which should help his case as he's on the roster bubble. He's in the battle for the No. 3 RB role, but Ameer Abdullah likely has an edge for a roster spot due to his role as the kick returner. Still, it seems likely Boone will secure a reserve running back role.

August 19, 2019 8:38 AM EST

Mike Boone: Falls on depth chart

Boone will face competition for Minnesota's backup running back role from 2019 third-round draft pick Alexander Mattison.

Analysis: Boone looked set to compete with Roc Thomas and Ameer Abdullah for the backup role to Dalvin Cook. However, the addition of Mattison means Boone could be fighting for a roster spot this summer as the Vikings may keep only three running backs on the roster.

April 30, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Mike Boone: Plays in eight games

Boone carried 11 times for 47 yards and caught two passes for one yards over eight games this season

Analysis: Boone had a minor offensive role during the first half of the season when Dalvin Cook was sidelined with a hamstring injury, but saw action in only one of the final seven games. The undrafted running back out of Cincinnati had a quiet but solid rookie campaign, considering he managed to maintain a spot on the 53-man roster for the entire season. The 23-year-old will hope to push for the No. 2 job behind Cook with Latavius Murray headed for free agency.

January 18, 2019 9:54 AM EST

Mike Boone: Limited to special teams

Boone played just three snaps in Sunday's win over Detroit, all on special teams.

Analysis: With Dalvin Cook back from a hamstring injury, both Boone and Roc Thomas will be almost exclusively limited to special teams.

November 5, 2018 12:34 PM EST

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