• Alexander Mattison

  • RB
  • , Minnesota Vikings
  • 22
  • 211 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Mattison finished as the No. 59 as a rookie, but his draft day value doesn’t stem from his weekly usage. He backs up Dalvin Cook, who is threatening to hold out and even if he does play, there’s a decent chance that he re-injures his shoulder. Mattison averaged 4.62 YPC as a rookie and showed some ability as a receiver, catching 10 of 12 targets for 82 yards. Given his eighth-round price tag Mattison is a little too pricey to be a prime Zero RB target, but he’s the type of player that fantasy owners should be looking for when going Zero RB.

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Scouting report

by Richard Mejia

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

The lead up to Alexander Mattison’s rookie year was met with some optimism as his workhorse build and workload at Boise State made him an ideal committee back for the oft-injured Dalvin Cook. Unfortunately, Mattison never was able to supplant Cook, as the latter was one of the heaviest used RBs last season. However, in the limited action Mattison did see, he was able to produce to an average of 7.69 fantasy points per game, including four games that saw him get double-digit carries. The coaching staff’s confidence to give Mattison the ball last year is crucial for the upcoming season as Cook’s contract status points to him holding out—instantly making Mattison one of the most valuable backs in fantasy.

Fantasy Downside

For all the potential Mattison could have in a primary back role, he is still the direct backup to one of the best RBs in the league. It’s possible new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak utilizes Mattison in the passing game, however, that doesn’t make him entirely valuable. Even in a backup or passing-down role, Mattison doesn’t possess any special athletic traits that would translate into heavy usage. Not bearing any holdout or injury to Cook, Mattison’s role should remain wholly unchanged.

2020 Bottom Line

Mattison has emerged as one of the most valuable backups to own in fantasy football given both Dalvin Cook’s injury history and contact situation. We have Mattison ranked 46th amongst running backs and his current ADP in 12-team leagues has him going in the backend of the 12th round. Mattison is worthwhile for teams implementing zero RB, however, he’s most valuable as a handcuff for Cook owners.

2020 Strength of Schedule - MIN

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
24
GB
8
@IND
21
TEN
23
@HOU
16
@SEA
9
ATL
BYE24
@GB
28
DET
14
@CHI
15
DAL
32
CAR
31
JAX
1
@TB
14
CHI
3
@NO
28
@DET

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1ATL949005.4400000.004.94.912/5322.6%
2@GB425006.2500000.002.52.58/6512.3%
3LV1258104.8300000.0011.811.819/6330.2%
4@CHI25002.5018018.001.32.36/629.7%
5@NYG752007.4300000.005.25.216/7122.5%
6PHI1463014.5000000.004.34.321/7129.6%
7@DET718002.5700000.001.81.821/7328.8%
8WAS1361004.6923021.506.48.419/7226.4%
9@KC36002.0000010.000.60.66/718.5%
10@DAL852006.5012012.005.46.414/7618.4%
11DEN35001.6700000.000.50.54/636.3%
12BYE--------------
13@SEA422005.504510512.757.311.327/5549.1%
14DET1446003.29218029.006.48.427/7337.0%
15@LAC--------------
16GB--------------
17CHI--------------
Per game7.6935.540.080.084.620.776.3100.928.204.495.2615.38/66.7723.18%
Totals100462114.6210820128.2058.468.4200/86823.18%
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