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Alexander Mattison

Alexander Mattison

Running Back #22
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 6
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 221 lb.
College:Boise State
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (102)
Draft Team:MIN

Alexander Mattison: Finishes 2019 with 462 yards

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.

Analysis: 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. Overall 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 13, 2020 9:43 PM EST

Alexander Mattison: Feels good following wild-card win

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.

Analysis: 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 7, 2020 11:33 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Returns to full practice

Mattison (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Dalvin Cook (shoulder) also logged a full session Wednesday, which sets the stage for him to head the Vikings' backfield in Sunday's playoff opener against the Saints, while Mattison works in a change-of-pace/complementary role.

January 1, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Alexander Mattison: Anticipates playing Sunday

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

Analysis: The same goes for Dalvin Cook (shoulder), who also missed the final two games of the regular season. It sounds like both running backs will practice Wednesday, but it isn't clear if they'll be full participants or limited.

January 1, 2020 10:33 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Won't play in Week 17

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

Analysis: 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 29, 2019 8:40 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Deemed questionable for Week 17

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

Analysis: Locked in for the NFC's No. 6 seed, the Vikings reportedly are leaning toward a cautious approach to their meaningless Week 17 contest. That would seem to favor inactive status for Mattison, but it apparently isn't a sure thing, whereas Dalvin Cook (shoulder) already has been ruled out. Should Mattison join Cook on the inactive list, Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah would be Minnesota's only backfield options for Week 17. The team is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

December 27, 2019 11:02 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Remains limited in practice

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

Analysis: 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 1:09 PM EST

Alexander Mattison: Limited to begin Week 17

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

Analysis: 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 both Mattison and top back Dalvin Cook (chest) -- who was also limited Wednesday -- and held them out for the regular-season finale to preserve their health for the postseason.

December 25, 2019 1:25 PM EST

Alexander Mattison: Not playing Week 16

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

Analysis: 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 23, 2019 3:47 PM EST

Alexander Mattison: Viewed as game-time call

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.

Analysis: 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 22, 2019 6:37 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Questionable for Monday

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

Analysis: 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.

December 21, 2019 10:44 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Tests ankle out

Mattison tested his ankle out during individual drills Saturday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: We'll have to see how the Vikings officially list Mattison's practice participation level, but his presence on the field Saturday is at least a step in the right direction following back-to-back missed sessions Thursday and Friday. We'll look for added clarity with regard to his status for Monday night's game against the Packers once the Vikings' final Week 16 injury report is released, but at this stage Mattison remains iffy for the contest, while fellow back Dalvin Cook (chest) is trending toward being out.

December 21, 2019 9:37 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Dealing with swelling and pain

Mattison, who was missed another practice Friday, is still dealing with swelling and pain in his sprained ankle, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Neither Dalvin Cook (chest) nor Mattison is looking good for Monday's game against Green Bay, potentially leaving Mike Boone as the lead runner. Cook and Mattison do have one more chance to get on the practice field this week, as the Vikings won't need to release their final injury report until Saturday afternoon/evening.

December 20, 2019 11:28 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Not practicing

Mattison (ankle) isn't practicing Friday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: The same is true of Dalvin Cook (chest), leaving Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah as Minnesota's healthy running backs. The Vikings haven't announced any decisions, but the early signs point to Boone handling the lead role Monday night against the Packers. A return to practice Saturday would give Mattison (or Cook) a chance to play.

December 20, 2019 9:31 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Sidelined to begin practice week

Mattison (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Despite sitting out the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Chargers, Mattison is still hobbled by the ankle injury he picked up during the Dec. 8 victory over the Lions. Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com notes that Mattison was at least able to work with a trainer off to the side, though he didn't do any running or jogging. Mattison will still have two more days to fit in some practice activity and improve his outlook for Monday's game against the Packers, but as things currently stand, both he and lead back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) seem to be in danger of missing the divisional showdown. Mike Boone took the reps with the first-team offense Thursday and would be in line to headline the Vikings' backfield in Week 16 if Cook and Mattison can't go.

December 19, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Alexander Mattison: Has 'chance' to return Monday

Mattison (ankle) may not practice Thursday, but coach Mike Zimmer said the running back is "doing better" and has "a good chance" to play Monday against the Packers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mattison didn't practice last week due to an ankle injury that resulted in the Vikings ruling out the rookie RB on the final Week 15 injury report. Meanwhile, the team doesn't expect to have starter Dalvin Cook (shoulder) on the game-day roster Monday and potentially for the season finale as well, per ESPN.com. If Mattison does take the field Thursday, it'll be a "low key" session, according to Zimmer. In any case, Mattison could set himself on a path to the lead role if he participates Thursday and maintains or even increases his activity level in the coming days. Behind Cook and Mattison, the next players up in the Vikings' backfield are Mike Boone, fullback C.J. Ham and Ameer Abdullah.

December 19, 2019 10:19 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Won't play Sunday

Mattison (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Unable to practice in any capacity this week, Mattison will be inactive for the first time in his young career. Ameer Abdullah and/or Mike Boone will handle backup work, with Dalvin Cook potentially getting even more touches than usual if the Vikings end up in a tight contest.

December 13, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Not seen practicing

Mattison (ankle) isn't practicing Friday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Mattison told the media he'd be fine for Sunday's game against the Chargers, but a third consecutive missed practice suggests otherwise. It remains to be seen how the Vikings list the rookie running back on their final Week 15 injury report.

December 13, 2019 9:29 AM EST

Alexander Mattison: Misses another practice

Mattison (ankle) did not participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Mattison said Wednesday that he'll play in Sunday's game against the Chargers, but back-to-back absences from practice cast doubt on his assertion. Should the rookie ultimately land on the Week 15 inactive list, Dalvin Cook might see even more work than usual during Sunday's game against the Chargers. Alternatively, the Vikings could give Mattison's vacated snaps to reserve running backs Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone.

December 12, 2019 12:58 PM EST

Alexander Mattison: No practice Wednesday

Mattison (ankle) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Mattison appears to have picked up an ankle injury during Week 14's win over the Lions, during which he logged 14 carries for 46 yards and hauled in both his targets for 18 yards. Despite being held out of practice to begin the week, the rookie running back told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday that he fully expects to suit up against the Chargers on Sunday and is taking his recovery "day by day." Mattison will have two more chances to up his level of activity in practice ahead of Week 15's tilt in Los Angeles.

December 11, 2019 2:06 PM EST

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