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25 Alexander Mattison RB

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October 18, 2020 05:28 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Shut down by Falcons front
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison registered 26 rushing yards on 10 carries, also catching one of two targets for four receiving yards during Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

Game script worked against Mattison heavily in this one, with the Vikings falling into a 20-0 deficit by the halftime break. The 22-year-old back got out to a hot start with seven yards on his first rush attempt of the day, but his other seven first-half carries yielded a total of only 19 yards. Mattison was explosive in relief of Dalvin Cook (groin) last Sunday night against the Seahawks, gaining 136 scrimmage yards on 23 touches while posting a 5.6 yards-per-carry average. His fantasy utility may be diminished in the near future, as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Cook has an extremely strong chance to return following Minnesota's Week 7 bye.

October 16, 2020 07:28 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: In line for lead role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison will be the Vikings' No. 1 running back Sunday against the Falcons with Dalvin Cook (groin) sidelined for the contest, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Vikings made the expected move and formally ruled out Cook, who suffered an adductor strain Week 5 in Seattle. Prior to his departure in the third quarter, he had 22 touches, and he also averaged 20.5 touches through the first four games of the campaign. By the end of this past Sunday's 27-26 loss, Mattison himself racked up 23 touches for 136 yards from scrimmage, so he seems poised to handle a significant workload this weekend. As a result, he seems like a great bet to produce versus an Atlanta defense that has given up 139 total yards per game to running backs in 2020. Mattison's opportunity may be short-lived with a Week 7 bye on tap.

October 13, 2020 09:56 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Poised for lead role Week 6
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison is expected to serve as the Vikings' feature back in Sunday's game against the Falcons with Dalvin Cook (adductor) unlikely to be available for the contest, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

The Vikings haven't formally commented on Cook's status for Week 6, but with the running back undergoing an MRI on Monday that revealed an adductor strain, the expectation is that he'll be withheld from action against Atlanta before being re-evaluated following Minnesota's Week 7 bye. With Cook exiting in the second half of the Vikings' 27-26 loss to the Seahawks over the weekend, Mattison rose to the occasion, carrying 20 times for 112 yards while hauling in all three of his targets for 24 yards. Reserve backs Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah could take on slightly larger roles Week 6 than they would normally earn when Cook is available, but Mattison demonstrated in Seattle that he could capably handle a three-down workload. With a juicy matchup on tap versus a weak Atlanta defense, Mattison looks like a strong lineup option in both PPR and non-PPR formats this week.

October 12, 2020 02:32 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Goes off in second half
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison took over for an injured Dalvin Cook (groin) in the second half of Sunday's loss to Seattle, receiving 20 carries for 112 yards while adding three receptions for 24 yards.

Cook was briefly forced out of the contest in the third quarter with a groin injury, and he was able to return for only one more carry before leaving the game for good. That opened the door for Mattison to take over as lead back, and the 22-year-old was up to the task. Mattison was able to do his best Cook impersonation by ripping off chunk after chunk against the Seahawks' stout front seven. Cook will have an MRI on Monday, so we should get more information soon on whether Mattison will become a prize off the waiver wire for a potential start against Atlanta on Sunday.

October 5, 2020 12:00 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Scores TD after Cook injury scare
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison registered 17 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries during Sunday's 31-23 win against the Texans.

Dalvin Cook momentarily exited the game with an apparent injury at the 11:27 mark of the fourth quarter, and Mattison stepped into a red-zone opportunity and delivered a four-yard TD run to provide Minnesota with a two-possession lead. Cook was able to quickly return to the contest, limiting Mattison to three more carries and six rushing yards the rest of the way. Mattison will remain the Vikings' clear No. 2 option at running back as the team transitions into a Week 5 matchup against Seattle's top-five rush defense.

September 28, 2020 10:20 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Eight carries Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison had eight carries for 27 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to Tennessee.

Mattison played on 16 of 65 snaps as he still had a decent role even on a day when Dalvin Cook had 181 yards rushing. Mattison had 10 touches Week 1 before just four touches last week, so his role off the bench will be inconsistent, but he has a chance to be involved enough for value in deeper formats, even when Cook is healthy.

September 21, 2020 02:28 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Hardly contributes on stat sheet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison registered three carries for 13 yards while also contributing one catch for three receiving yards during Sunday's 28-11 loss to the Colts.

There seemed to be a fantasy-relevant role available for Mattison based on Week 1, as he collected 80 scrimmage yards on 10 touches while fielding 37 percent of the offensive snaps against the Packers. Week 2 was certainly disappointing in comparison; Mattison totaled only four offensive touches to Dalvin Cook's 16. The fact that Minnesota fell into a significant hole on the scoreboard mitigated Mattison's involvement, but if the Vikings can keep the score close or even take a lead Week 3 against Tennessee, the second-year back is more likely to get involved.

September 14, 2020 02:20 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Contributes as backup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison had six carries for 50 yards and four receptions on four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Mattison's fantasy value is mostly as the backup to starter Dalvin Cook in a run-oriented offense, so it was encouraging to see him get a sizeable workload in a game where Cook was healthy. Mattison had four targets in the passing game (one off his career high) and nearly had as many snaps on offense on pass plays as Cook (14 for Cook, 12 for Mattison). Cook still had more snaps on offense overall -- 30 to Mattison's 19 -- but this game bodes well for Mattison having value in deeper formats, even when Cook is healthy.

August 14, 2020 03:52 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Enters camp as backup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison enters training camp in a backup role after Dalvin Cook decided against a holdout, the Vikings' official website reports.

Mattison was a frequent subject of fantasy hype in June and July when Dalvin Cook announced his holdout from team activities. The fourth-year pro ended up reporting for training camp, but Mattison is still one of the more valuable backups in the league, given the nature of Minnesota's offense as well as the reality that Cook has missed multiple games in each of his three NFL seasons. Of course, the Vikings also have Mike Boone and passing-down specialist Ameer Abdullah on their roster, so there's no guarantee of Mattison taking on Cook-like workloads in the event of a Cook injury.

January 14, 2020 01:08 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Finishes 2019 with 462 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison finished the 2019 regular season with 100 carries for 462 yards and one touchdown while catching 10 passes for 82 yards in 13 games.

The 21-year-old worked as Minnesota's No. 2 running back for most of the season and performed well, but he was unfortunately sidelined for Dalvin Cook's late-season, two-game absence, losing a chance to work as the starter. Overal, it was a solid rookie campaign for Mattison, but his fantasy prospects for 2020 remain limited with Cook still under contract and primed to be the feature back.

January 7, 2020 02:36 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Feels good following wild-card win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison rushed five times for 20 yards and caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's wild-card win over the Saints.

Mattison missed the final three regular-season games while dealing with a high-ankle sprain, but he didn't report any lingering effects following the playoff contest. "I felt good out there," Mattison said, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I warmed up the right way, prepared the right way and so everything felt good." His limited workload was likely due to Dalvin Cook -- who logged 31 touches -- returning to action after a shoulder injury. With Cook still healthy, Mattison will continue to work as the No. 2 in the divisional round versus San Francisco.

January 2, 2020 10:04 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Returns to full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.

Top back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) also logged a full session Wednesday, which sets for Mattison to work as an understudy in Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Saints after both were sidelined for the final two games of the regular season. The rookie third-round pick played 15.4 snaps per game over his 13 appearances, finishing with 100 carries for 462 yards and a touchdown and 10 receptions for 82 yards on 12 targets.

January 2, 2020 10:04 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Anticipates playing Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) expects to play in Sunday's wild-card game at New Orleans, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The same goes for Dalvin Cook (shoulder), who also missed the final two games of the regular season. Both running backs are expected to practice Wednesday, but it isn't clear if they'll be full or limited participants.

December 29, 2019 11:44 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Won't play in Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

While continuing to manage the ankle injury, Mattison was unable to advance beyond limited participation in practice this week. Because the Vikings are already locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed entering Sunday, Mattison won't be asked to play through the injury with the playoffs on the horizon. Both Mattison and Dalvin Cook (shoulder) should be ready to go for the wild-card round, but Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah will headline the Minnesota backfield in the meaningless regular-season finale.

December 27, 2019 05:16 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Deemed questionable for Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed, the Vikings reportedly are leaning toward taking a cautious approach with their players with little at stake in the regular-season finale, per Cronin. That would seem to point to Mattison getting an inactive status, but it apparently isn't a sure thing, whereas Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has already been ruled out. Should Mattison join Cook on the inactive list or have a limited role (if any) Sunday, Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah would be Minnesota's main backfield options for Week 17. Minnesota and Chicago will kick off at 1 p.m. ET.

December 26, 2019 05:48 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Remains limited in practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Both Mattison and Dalvin Cook (shoulder) had their reps capped in the Vikings' first traditional practice of the week (the team held a walk-through session Christmas Day), but neither running back is certain to be available Sunday against the Bears. With the Vikings locked into the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs regardless of how any Week 17 game plays out, there's reason to think the team may use caution with both banged-up backs and withhold them from action. The Vikings will provide a final update on Mattison's status for the regular-season finale shortly after Friday's practice.

December 26, 2019 11:00 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Limited to begin Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice.

While it's encouraging in some sense that Mattison wasn't deemed a non-participant to begin the week, the Vikings probably won't have a better feel for his status for the Week 17 matchup with the Bears until getting a look at him in more traditional practices Thursday and Friday. Given that the Vikings are locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed in the playoffs, it wouldn't be surprising if the team acted conservatively with Mattison and top back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) -- who was also limited Wednesday -- and withheld both from the regular-season finale to preserve their health for the postseason.

December 23, 2019 06:48 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Not playing Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) is inactive for Monday's game versus the Packers.

With Dalvin Cook (chest) and Mattison sidelined, the Vikings' backfield is a bit short-handed during the push for playoff positioning. In their absence, Mike Boone is expected to receive the bulk of the RB reps, while Ameer Abdullah and fullback C.J. Ham also are available for touches.

December 22, 2019 09:40 AM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Viewed as game-time call
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Monday's matchup with the Packers, is viewed as a game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Given that Mattison has managed just one limited practice over the past two weeks while tending to the ankle injury, the Vikings appear inclined to wait and see how the rookie checks out during a workout Monday before rendering a verdict on his status. Since Mattison's availability (or lack thereof) isn't expected to be known until a few hours before Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff, he'll be a risky option for fantasy lineups, given that his managers would likely have few alternatives to turn to in the event he's inactive for Week 16. Given that the Vikings have already secured a wild-card spot in addition to the fact that Green Bay can still take home the NFC North crown with a Week 17 win over the reeling 3-10-1 Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN speculates that Minnesota will likely take a conservative approach with Mattison and hold him out for a second straight game. If that's the case, Mike Boone would likely headline a Week 16 Vikings backfield that will be missing Dalvin Cook (chest), who has already been ruled out.

December 21, 2019 01:48 PM
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Questionable for Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mattison (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Dalvin Cook has been officially ruled out, and Mattison remains uncertain for Monday, which could open the door for Mike Boone to get the start in the Minnesota backfield. Mattison went through individual drills in Saturday's practice and a final decision on his status will come in the hours before kickoff.

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