• Alexander Mattison

  • RB
  • , Minnesota Vikings
  • 23
  • 211 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

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.

by Richard Mejia

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Tennessee

Mattison finished Week 2 with three rushes for 13 yards and one reception for three yards. Mattison will have weeks where he’ll compile a few more yards, but he doesn’t have any standalone value behind one of the league’s true workhorses. Keep Mattison on your bench for Week 3.

by Richard Mejia

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Indianapolis

In a curious turn of events, Mattison was easily Minnesota’s most efficient back in Week 1 as he finished the game with six carries for 50 yards and caught all his four targets for 30 yards. Considering Dalvin Cook just received a massive extension, we didn’t expect to Mattison as much as we did on Sunday, however without many strong receiving options behind Adam Thielen, this might be a new norm for the Viking offense. Mattison has standalone appeal as a FLEX option in this Week 2 matchup against the Colts and will be a season-long lottery ticket is Cook were down miss any time.

by Richard Mejia

MIN RB Alexander Mattison - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Green Bay

Mattison had spotty usage in his rookie season but considering the Vikings have fully committed to a heavy rushing offense, there might be some more carries to go around. Mattison averaged 7.69 fantasy points last season, however it would be difficult to predict him being anything more than a direct backup to Dalvin Cook. Treat Mattison as a RB4 for Week 1 and keep him on your bench.

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.

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