Player Outlook
Mattison should be nicknamed The Fire Extinguisher, because Fantasy managers love to break the glass and use him in an emergency. As the primary backup to Dalvin Cook, Mattison has shined nearly every time Cook has missed action. No one actually wants that to be the case because Cook is so beloved, but if it does, you'll be thrilled to have Mattison on your team. People who draft Cook will want Mattison starting in Round 10, while everyone else will eyeball him starting in Round 11.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 491 3.66 3 1 32 228 1 935.8
2020 434 4.52 2 13 125 1 735.6
3y Avg. 462 4.20 2 1 18 145 1 765.4
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Fantasy News

  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: No missed practice

    Mattison (finger) practiced Wednesday, Arif Hasan of The Athletic reports. Mattison and Dalvin Cook (hand) both returned to the field after suffering minor injuries Tuesday. The pecking order in Minnesota's backfield appears to be the same as ever, though a new coaching staff could mix things up a little by giving Kene Nwangwu or Ty Chandler a few looks. Still, it's mostly the same deal for Mattison in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, with his fantasy value largely tied to Cook's health.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Hurts finger

    Mattison appeared to injure a finger during Tuesday's practice and left early, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The injury appears minor, but it's worth monitoring during training camp. Mattison is set to reprise his role as the backup to starter Dalvin Cook, and he's one of the better No. 2 RBs in the league. In four games as the Vikings' primary running back last season with Cook sidelined, Mattison totaled 356 rushing yards, 162 receiving yards and three touchdowns. However, he had just 135 yards rushing in the 12 games when Cook was healthy. It's possible new head coach Kevin O'Connell could look to give Cook more rest this year, but even then a significant increase in Mattison's touches isn't guaranteed.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Takes back seat in season finale

    Mattison ran five times for 18 yards and caught his only target for three yards during the Vikings 31-17 win over the Bears in Week 18. 'With Dalvin Cook healthy, Mattison once again took a back seat in Week 18. He finished the 2021 campaign with 134 rushing attempts for 491 yards and three touchdowns while adding 32 receptions for 228 yards and one score through the air. However, the majority of that production came when Cook was sidelined. In four games as the primary running back, Mattison totaled 356 rushing yards, 162 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The 2019 third-round pick is under contract for the 2022 season, so he'll likely garner a similar backup role to Dalvin Cook again next year.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Totals 70 yards, finds end zone

    Mattison rushed the ball 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams. He added three receptions for 29 yards. Mattison dominated touches out of Minnesota's backfield in the absence of Dalvin Cook (illness), accounting for 13 of 22 total rushes -- four of which were recorded by Kirk Cousins. However, he was held in check for much of the game, though he managed a two-yard touchdown plunge early in the third quarter to turn in a productive performance from a fantasy perspective. He was also fairly active as a receiver, which also supplemented his subpar work as a rusher. It's unclear whether Cook will be back for Minnesota's Week 17 matchup against Green Bay, but if not, Mattison will once again be in line for a significant workload.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Week 16 start on tap

    Mattison is on track to serve as Minnesota's lead back Sunday against the Rams after Dalvin Cook was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Vikings haven't revealed whether Cook was placed on the list due to a positive test for the virus, but because he's unvaccinated, the 26-year-old running back will have to complete a five-day quarantine even if he was deemed a close contact of an infected person. If he tested positive for the virus, Cook would be subject to a 10-day quarantine, which would provide him with enough time to get cleared ahead of a Jan. 2 game against the Packers in Week 17, albeit without the benefit of any practice beforehand. In any case, since he'll be picking up at least one start sans Cook, Mattison looks like a strong lineup option in just about any fantasy format. In his prior three starts while Cook was sidelined Weeks 3, 5 and 13, Mattison played at least two-thirds of the Vikings' offensive snaps and averaged 24.3 carries, 6.0 targets and 149.3 yards from scrimmage per game while reaching the end zone twice.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Removed from COVID-19 list

    The Vikings activated Mattison (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Mattison has completed his mandatory 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated players after testing positive for the virus Dec. 13. He's thus poised to serve as Minnesota's No. 2 running back to Dalvin Cook moving forward, a role that has amounted to 5.1 touches per game in his 10 non-spot starts this season.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Enters 10-day quarantine

    Mattison (illness), whom the Vikings placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, isn't vaccinated and thus has entered into a 10-day quarantine, making him unavailable for next Monday's game at Chicago, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Mattison returned to his complementary role out of the backfield last Thursday against the Steelers with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) back in the lineup, taking six carries for 27 yards. With Monday's development, those reps now will trickle down to Kene Nwangwu and Wayne Gallman, who was claimed off waivers Monday. Mattison's next chance to suit up will come Dec. 26 against the Rams.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Shifts to COVID-19 list

    Mattison (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Mattison reverted to a complementary role Week 14 versus the Steelers with Dalvin Cook back on the field, and he's now entered COVID-19 protocols. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Mattison tested positive for the virus. Veteran tailback Wayne Gallman was claimed off waivers to bolster Minnesota's depth at running back in the meantime.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Pushed down RB depth chart

    Mattison will welcome back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) to the Vikings backfield for Thursday's game against the Steelers. Mattison is coming off his third spot start of the season for Cook in which he took 25 touches for 124 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD during this past Sunday's loss at Detroit. With Cook back in the lineup and wearing a harness on his previously dislocated left shoulder, there's a chance Mattison spells Cook at times to ease the pressure on Minnesota's top running back. Still, when Cook has been available this season, Mattison has averaged just five touches per game.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Produces strong results as expected

    Mattison rushed 22 times for 90 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 34 yards in Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions. Mattison got the start in place of the injured Dalvin Cook (shoulder), doing his best impression of Minnesota's star tailback. The 23-year-old is now averaging 149.3 combined yards and two total touchdowns in the three starts he has made this season, making him a must-roster player for any games Cook is forced to miss. While the latter was technically listed as questionable leading up to Sunday's tilt, initial reports projected Cook to miss two games. The Vikings are slated to take on the Steelers on Thursday, so Mattison could get another start with such a quick turnaround.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Headed for Week 13 start

    Mattison is expected to fill a lead role out of the Minnesota backfield Sunday in Detroit with Dalvin Cook (shoulder) ruled out for the contest, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports. Mattison already appeared to be tracking toward his third start of the season after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday that Cook was due to miss the Vikings' next two games with a dislocated left shoulder, but head coach Mike Zimmer wasn't immediately willing to rule the 26-year-old out for the Week 13 matchup. Zimmer finally relented Friday after Cook missed his third straight practice, leaving Mattison and Kene Nwangwu as the lone healthy running backs currently on the 53-man roster. Given that Nwangwu has been entrusted with little more than a special-teams role this season, Mattison should be well positioned to play at least two-thirds of Minnesota's offensive snaps while likely taking on 20-plus touches, just as he did in starts Week 3 and 5. In the Week 5 matchup with this same Lions squad, Mattison carried 25 times for 113 yards and hauled in all seven of his targets for 40 yards and a touchdown. Mattison looks like a must-start option in just about every fantasy league in Week 13.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Finds end zone in loss

    Mattison carried the ball seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown and caught two of three targets for seven yards in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the 49ers. The touchdown, Mattison's first rushing TD of the year, came early in the second half, but Dalvin Cook left the game on the Vikings' next drive with a shoulder injury and didn't return. If Cook's latest injury proves to be serious, Mattison could find himself back in the lead role for a very juicy Week 13 matchup with the Lions.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Has 40 scrimmage yards Sunday

    Mattison had four carries for 16 yards and one reception for 24 yards in Sunday's 27-20 win at the Chargers. Mattison isn't getting many touches with Dalvin Cook healthy, but his 24-yard reception was a key play in the game. He played just 12 snaps on offense as he has a limited backup role with Cook at full strength. Mattison eclipsed 100 rushing yards in both spot starts when Cook has sat out this season, so he's still one of the more valuable backups in the league.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Just five touches Sunday

    Mattison had four carries for a total of zero yards and one reception on his lone target for three yards in Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss at Baltimore. Mattison played just nine snaps as he has a limited backup role with Dalvin Cook at full strength. Mattison eclipsed 100 rushing yards in both spot starts when Cook has sat out this season, so he's one of the more valuable backups in the league.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Just three carries with Cook back

    Mattison had three carries for 10 yards in Sunday's win at Carolina. With Dalvin Cook back to full strength after missing the previous game with an ankle injury, Mattison moved back to a reserve role and played on just 12 of the offense's 89 snaps. Mattison eclipsed 100 rushing yards in both spot starts when Cook has sat out this season, so he's one of the more valuable backups in the league. However, he'll likely have minimal fantasy most games when Cook is healthy.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Increases activity Thursday

    Mattison (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday. A shoulder issue is impacting Mattison's practice reps during Week 6 prep, keeping him out of Wednesday's session entirely before returning to the field one day later. While Mattison increased his activity level, Dalvin Cook (ankle) did the same, as he went from limited to full in the same time span. The development would appear to set Cook up to retain the No. 1 role out of the Vikings backfield, meaning Mattison would be his top reserve, at best, if he's able to suit up Sunday at Carolina.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Back on practice field

    Mattison (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports. After logging a DNP to begin Week 6 prep, Mattison seemed to be matching what Dalvin Cook (ankle), who was limited Wednesday, did one day later. If both end up with LP next to their names on Thursday's injury report, the Vikings could be trending toward a direction where it's the usual backfield Sunday at Carolina, with Cook as the No. 1 and Mattison on hand as his top backup. In any case, the activity level for Cook and Mattison will be known later Thursday.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Misses practice with shoulder issue

    Mattison was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury. Mattison has filled in admirably for Dalvin Cook (ankle) during recent absences in Weeks 3 and 5, racking up at least 150 yards from scrimmage on both occasions and recording a receiving touchdown in the latter contest. Now, Mattison seems to be less healthy than Cook, as he didn't do more than take part in stretching before heading indoors at the start of practice Wednesday, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. As for Cook, he officially was limited to begin Week 6 prep, so this situation bears monitoring as the week goes on to get a sense on who among the two will be available Sunday in Carolina.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Goes off in another spot start

    Mattison rushed 25 times for 113 yards while hauling in seven passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Lions. Mattison got another spot start in place of Dalvin Cook (ankle) and did his best impression of the star back. This was the second start the backup received this season, and he provided nearly an identical stat line against the Seahawks in Week 3. Cook's status for next week's tilt against the Panthers is unclear, but Mattison is proving to be a capable fantasy producer when called upon this year. That being said, Carolina provides a much tougher matchup compared to the two defenses Mattison ran all over in his two starts to date.
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  • Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Set for another spot start

    Mattison will be the Vikings' lead running back Sunday versus the Lions with Dalvin Cook (ankle) inactive, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. This will mark Mattison's second spot start of the campaign in place of Cook. In Week 3, Mattison was a workhorse against the Seahawks, turning 26 carries into 112 yards and six catches (on eight targets) into 59 yards. He has a good matchup on tap in which to produce this time around, too, as Detroit's defense has given up 134.8 yards from scrimmage per game and nine total TDs to running backs in four contests this season.
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