• Alexander Mattison

  • RB
  • , Minnesota Vikings
  • 24
  • 220 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Spencer Babbitt

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Alexander Mattison looks set for another season as Dalvin Cook's direct backup, and that position has had recent fantasy relevance due to Cook's propensity for picking up nagging injuries as he carries a massive workload for the Vikings. Mattison started four games last year and averaged over 26 touches per game in those weeks, showing himself to be a reliable RB1 whenever Cook is out. Cook isn't getting any younger and has never played a full NFL season, meaning it is very likely Mattison will start more games this year. Mattison remains one of the game's top "handcuff" backs and is a great source of upside for Zero-RB drafters looking for a lottery ticket.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Mattison will have no fantasy upside so long as Cook is fully healthy. In games where Cook was healthy last season, Mattison only received a handful of carries throughout the game as the quintessential "breather back" who gets just enough snaps to let the starter last the whole game. Mattison will not be playable in fantasy unless Cook suffers an injury. While Cook is likely to miss games at some point, there is no way to predict when that will be.

2022 Bottom Line
Mattison is most valuable to whoever drafts Cook and those who forego RBs in the early rounds in search of high-upside gambles in the later rounds of drafts. A player whose fantasy value depends so heavily on the health of another can only have so much fantasy appeal, but Mattison will likely contribute at some point and is one of the better gambles available later in drafts.

by Frank Ammirante

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs Steelers

Another game filling in for Dalvin Cook, another smash performance for Alexander Mattison, who rushed 22 times for 90 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 34 yards against the Lions. Mattison has now finished as RB7, RB6, and RB5 in three starts this season.

He goes up against a Steelers defense that ranks 29th in Schedule-Adjusted Fantasy Points per Game allowed to running backs. This game projects as a favorable game script with the Vikings as three-point home favorites. If Dalvin Cook is out for another week, we can confidently fire up Mattison as an RB1.

by Frank Ammirante

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Lions

Alexander Mattison takes over for Dalvin Cook once again, immediately vaulting into the Top-12 running backs. Mattison has combined for 51 carries, 15 targets, 13 receptions, 324 total yards, and one touchdown in his two starts this season. That's phenomenal usage that makes him a must-play each and every week, especially this one.

That's because Mattison goes up against a Lions defense that ranks 29th in schedule-adjusted fantasy points per game allowed to running backs. The Vikings are also seven-point road favorites, making this a potentially positive game script for Mattison, which could result in more volume. Start Mattison with confidence.

by Frank Ammirante

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Lions

Mattison is in line for an increased workload regardless of Cook's status. If Cook plays, we'll likely see similar usage as last week, where Mattison played 34% of the snaps with 10 carries for 20 yards.

If Cook is out, Mattison immediately becomes an upside RB2 because we've seen how the Vikings feed him the ball when Cook doesn't play. Mattison rushed for 112 yards on 26 carries and caught 6-of-8 targets for 59 yards in Week 3. Keep an eye on Cook's status.

by Richard Mejia

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Detroit

Mattison will assume starting duties for Minnesota this week with Dalvin Cook out for personal reasons. Even though the matchup against Detroit is enticing, Mattison floundered in his only start this season against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6 when carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards. We doubt Mattison will handle all of Cook’s workload, as he’ll be in an RBBC with Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah. Mattison will be middling RB2 this week.

by Richard Mejia

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs Atlanta

With Dalvin Cook missing the second half of last week’s matchup against Seattle with a groin injury, Mattison took on the lead role and delivered with 20 carries for 112 yards and three receptions for 24 yards. With Cook being a non-participant in practice all this week, it would make sense if he sat out with an impending bye week, leaving Mattison as the lead back in Week 6 against a terrible Atlanta defense.

Whether he was the #1 waiver add this week or handcuff all season, Mattison should pay big dividends for fantasy managers as Atlanta’s 17th in aFPA to RBs this season. Mattison is a clear-cut RB1 in this one.

by Richard Mejia

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Seattle

Mattison scored his first rushing touchdown of the season as he ran for 17 yards on seven carries against Houston last week. Mattison got a few touches and even cultured a Dalvin Cook touchdown in a day where Cook scored twice and ran again ran for 100 yards. Keep Mattison strictly as a handcuff to Cook.

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