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Alexander Mattison
MIN

RB MIN

#45 Running Back

89 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 218
40 Time: 4.63

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 13
Mattison had 22 carries for 90 yards and 1 TD while adding 3 receptions for 34 yards on 3 targets in Week 13’s loss to the Lions.
Mattison had elite usage with 25 touches as Dalvin Cook missed the game with his shoulder injury. Mattison didn’t disappoint, as he averaged over 4 yards per carry and ceded just 2 rushes to other Vikings backs.
Mattison is locked in as a RB1 with Cook out of the lineup as Mattison should once again be the workhorse on Thursday night against the Steelers.
Week 5
After Dalvin Cook (ankle) was declared inactive, it was Mattison who drew the very favorable matchup against the hapless Lions defense, and he didn’t disappoint. WIth the Vikings leading for most of the game, he was fed 25 carries, easily leading him over the 100-yard mark. In addition, he finished 1 target behind Justin Jefferson for the team lead, and Mattison scored the only receiving TD of the game by catching a screen pass and fighting through traffic. His 32 touches were clearly part of a game plan that allowed Minnesota to control the clock and the game, and he was very successful in that role.

It’s clear that the Vikings want to run the football, so whenever Dalvin Cook is out, Mattison will see the usage that could easily provide RB1 production. However, whenever Cook is healthy, this is very unlikely to be a timeshare because the team is eager to ride a single RB. During the first 2 games of the year when Cook was healthy, the RB touches were 50-7 in favor of Cook. For fantasy managers that prefer to have the direct backup, Mattison may often burn a roster spot, but when he’s on the field, he’s well worth it.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Mattison got the first 2 starts of his career last season. He let DFS players down big time with a 10-26 rushing line and 1 catch for 4 yards against the Falcons in Week 6. Mattison delivered in the season finale, though, rushing for 95 yards on 21 carries and catching 3 balls for 50 yards and a TD.
  • He also logged 20 carries in a narrow Week 5 loss at Seattle that saw Dalvin Cook leave late in the 1st half. Mattison racked up 112 yards rushing in that game and caught 3 balls for 24 yards.
  • Through 2 years, Mattison has just 10 receptions in games Cook finished. He topped 8 carries just once last season in a full-Cook game and averaged 7.5 carries per game before Week 13, which Cook left early.
  • Mattison improved his Pro Football Focus rushing grade and elusive rating in his 2nd season. His receiving grade dipped, but Football Outsiders rated him well in both receiving DYAR and DVOA.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Mattison is a fine player but strictly a handcuff type. He’s not startable unless Dalvin Cook goes down. You’ll need to decide when you want to burn a draft pick on that type of player.

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Vikings RB Alexander Mattison has been activated from the COVID list. He'll be back to give RB Dalvin Cook a few breathers in Sunday's game vs. the Rams.

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The Vikings have placed RB Alexander Mattison on the COVID list. They also claimed RB Wayne Gallman off waivers from the Falcons. These moves shouldn't really matter for fantasy football purposes, with Dalvin Cook back. But we'll keep our fingers crossed that Mattison's COVID situation doesn't affect Cook as well.

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Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) isn’t listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He figures to operate as Minnesota’s lead back in a dream matchup vs. Detroit’s 31st-ranked RB defense this weekend.

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Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. His status, of course, has taken on increased importance with RB Dalvin Cook out for Week 17. If Mattison can clear protocol, he should operate as Minnesota's lead back in Sunday's dream matchup vs. Detroit's 31st-ranked RB defense.

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The Vikings have downgraded RB Alexander Mattison to out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of an illness. That elevates Ameer Abdullah to the #2 RB spot for the game -- according to the team's "unofficial" depth chart. That probably doesn't mean a lot of work for Abdullah (or Mike Boone). Perhaps losing Mattison keeps more touches on Dalvin Cook's plate. Ultimately, we wouldn't alter fantasy-lineup plans on this news.

Update: Mattison had an appendicitis and underwent successful surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Mattison might end up missing more than just this week's game.

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