Mattison is the handcuff to Dalvin Cook but worth a pick in the double-digit rounds whether you draft Cook or not. Mattison saw three opportunities at a big workload in 2020 and delivered on two of them. In Week 5 he delivered 136 total yards against Seattle, and he topped that in Week 17 with 145 yards and two scores against the Lions. That's enough to wash the bad taste of his 30-yard performance against the Falcons out of your mouth and trust him should Cook go down. Cook's contract extension hurt Mattison's Dynasty appeal, but he's still a solid No. 4 back who could be a free agent by age 25.
Mattison appears fairly secure in the second spot on Minnesota's depth chart, according to Eric Smith of the team's official website. The Vikings lost Mike Boone to the Broncos in March, before selecting Kene Nwangwu in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Nwangwu made waves with a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, but only after an unexciting college career in which he was limited to 150 total touches over four seasons at Iowa State. While the raw talent could eventually make him a threat, Nwangwu isn't likely to put up a serious challenge against Mattison this summer, considering the third-year pro has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 9.0 per catch to this point in his career, with 219 touches in 26 NFL appearances. Dalvin Cook should continue to dominate backfield work, but Mattison is easily the best bet to handle whatever's left.
Mattison ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while corralling all three of his targets for 50 yards and a receiving TD during Sunday's 37-35 win against the Lions. In relief of Dalvin Cook, who was absent Week 17 following the loss of his father, Mattison got out to a slow start with eight yards over his first three attempts of the afternoon. He found a spark on Minnesota's fourth offensive drive, notching 25 yards on his first three touches of the possession before coasting 28 yards on a fourth-down catch-and-run to provide the first of five Viking TDs. The 22-year-old closes the season with 434 rushing yards and two touchdowns over 96 attempts. He garnered double-digit carries Weeks 5, 6, 9 and 17, but otherwise only twice exceeded six rush attempts in a game. Given that Cook agreed to a five-year, $63 million extension with Minnesota in September, Mattison remains an elite insurance policy as he heads into his third year under contract in 2021.
Mattison (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Lions. Mattison was out for Weeks 13 and 14 while he recovered from an appendectomy, and he then missed Week 16 while navigating the concussion protocol. He's now back for what likely will be his second start of the year, as Dalvin Cook will miss the game for personal reasons. Mattison managed just 30 total yards against Atlanta in his first start, but he draws an excellent matchup with the Lions in Week 17. Cook had 252 total yards and two scores when the Vikings beat the Lions in Week 9.
Mattison (concussion) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice. Mattison maintained his same level of activity from Wednesday, suggesting he didn't make any further advancements through the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. With a return to full activity Friday along with clearance from an independent neurologist, Mattison would still be able to put himself on a path to suit up for Sunday's season finale versus the Lions. If active for the contest, Mattison would likely be thrust into a lead role out of the backfield with star tailback Dalvin Cook (personal) having already been ruled out for the contest.
Mattison (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Mattison's return to practice coincides with news that Dalvin Cook won't be able to play Week 17 as he tends to a personal matter. Of course, Mattison will have to work his way through the NFL's concussion protocol, but if he does, he's slated to lead the Vikings backfield Sunday in Detroit. Aside from Mattison, Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone are Minnesota's remaining available running backs.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|10||11/14||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|11||11/21||Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|12||11/28||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
|17||01/02||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||98||448||2||12||104||0||66|