Alexander Mattison

Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #22
Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #22

Alexander Mattison News

Scores twice in finale

Mattison rushed 10 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Mattison's season-best performance included a pair of one-yard touchdowns. With Minnesota opting to rest its starters during the second half, Mattison filled Dalvin Cook's lead tailback role. Once the Vikings take the field in the playoffs, however, Mattison should return to his usual backup job.

Jan 8, 2023 1:49 PM EST

Gets more work in blowout loss

Mattison had eight carries for 38 yards and had one reception for seven yards in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.

Analysis: Mattison played 23 snaps on offense as he got more work once the game became a blowout. He could get significant time or even start Week 18 against the Bears if the Vikings decide to rest starters head of the playoffs.

Jan 2, 2023 11:12 AM EST

Limited role in win

Mattison rushed four times for 17 yards in Saturday's 27-24 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Mattison earned just a 21 percent offensive snap share in the contest, while Dalvin Cook played 79 percent of snaps at running back. With Cook healthy and playing well, Mattison has been nothing more than a handcuff for fantasy purposes seeing minimal involvement on offense. This should remain true as the Vikings visit the Packers in Week 16.

Dec 26, 2022 5:15 PM EST

Two touches in Week 15

Mattison rushed twice for one yard and wasn't targeted in Saturday's 39-36 overtime win over the Colts.

Analysis: Minnesota didn't find many touches for Mattison while a healthy and effective Dalvin Cook played a key role in the team's historic comeback from a 33-point deficit. Cook totaled 190 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 21 touches. With the 49ers hot on Minnesota's heels for the No. 2 seed in the NFC, the Vikings many need to keep riding Cook through the remainder of the season, leaving Mattison stapled to the bench for the majority of snaps.

Dec 19, 2022 10:58 AM EST

Just two carries in loss

Mattison lost a yard on two carries in Sunday's loss at Detroit.

Analysis: Mattison played just nine snaps on offense and was not targeted in the passing game as he had a minimal role with the Vikings falling behind early and needing to pass. Mattison continues to operate strictly as the backup to Dalvin Cook. Though Mattison is capable of making big plays, he has earned fewer than three carries in six consecutive games.

Dec 12, 2022 10:41 AM EST

Records fourth touchdown

Mattison rushed the ball three times for 14 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Jets. He added two receptions for four yards.

Analysis: Mattison continued to operate strictly as the backup to Dalvin Cook. However, he managed to make an impact with his limited opportunity by ripping off a 14-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Though Mattison is capable of making big plays, he has earned fewer than three carries in five consecutive games -- making him difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.

Dec 4, 2022 7:30 PM EST

Three touches in blowout loss

Mattison rushed twice for no gain and caught his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 40-3 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: As usual, Mattison didn't get many touches. Nobody on the Vikings played particularly well, though Dalvin Cook actually rushed for a respectable 72 yards on 11 carries, showing why Cook gets the majority of opportunities in Minnesota's backfield when healthy. The Vikings won't have to dwell on this blowout loss long, as they'll be right back in action Thursday against the Patriots on Thanksgiving.

Nov 21, 2022 10:27 AM EST

Just four touches in OT win

Mattison had three carries for 11 yards and one reception for eight yards on his lone target in Sunday's win at Buffalo.

Analysis: Mattison played on 12 off the offense's 80 snaps (15%), seeing time on one drive to give starter Dalvin Cook a break. His snap share has trended downward this season with 24 percent or less the past four games, giving him little fantasy value barring a Cook injury. Mattison still is one of the more valuable backup running backs in the league given his production when thrust into the starting lineup.

Nov 14, 2022 1:15 PM EST

Just three touches

Mattison gained one yard on two carries and had one reception for no yards on his only target in Sunday's win at Washington.

Analysis: Mattison played on just nine of the offense's 66 snaps (14%) as he had a limited backup role behind a healthy Dalvin Cook. Mattison's snap share has trended downward this season with 24% or less the past three games, giving him little fantasy value barring a Cook injury. He's still one of the more valuable backup running backs in the league given his production when thrust into a starting role.

Nov 7, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Scores TD in win

Mattison rushed five times for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 34-26 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Analysis: The accomplished backup made excellent use of his scant opportunity, ripping off a 15-yard gain on one of his five carries and contributing a seven-yard touchdown run on another tote. Mattison's score was his second on the ground this season, and the five touches on the ground were a welcome sight after he'd logged a season-low one against the Dolphins back in Week 6 prior to the bye.

Oct 30, 2022 3:39 PM EST

Minimal role Week 6

Mattison (shoulder) logged three yards on his lone carry and played just six of the Vikings' 50 snaps on offense in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Listed as questionable heading into Sunday, Mattison was cleared to play but handled a more limited role than usual while nursing a shoulder injury. The Vikings leaned more heavily on lead back Dalvin Cook (88 percent snap share, 14 touches for 83 yards and a touchdown) as a result, while Mattison played his fewest snaps of the season. Assuming he escaped the contest with no further setbacks to his shoulder, Mattison should see his opportunities pick up in the weeks to come. When he was healthier in the Vikings' first five games, Mattison took on snap shares between 23 and 46 percent.

Oct 18, 2022 9:03 AM EST

Officially available for Week 6

Mattison is active for Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Mattison picked up a shoulder injury during the Vikings' Week 5 win over the Bears and was limited at each practice ahead of Week 6, earning him a questionable designation. As expected, the backup running back will be available, but it's unclear how much work he'll get behind Dalvin Cook. Mattison turned a season-high 12 touches into 40 scrimmage yards last week and has totaled 37 touches for 154 yards and two scores across five appearances this year.

Oct 16, 2022 8:44 AM EST

Likely to play

Mattison (shoulder), officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, is expected to play, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Mattison logged limited practices all week after suffering the injury in Minnesota's Week 5 win over Chicago. He earned a season-high 12 touches in that game but could see his workload scaled back moving forward as Dalvin Cook remains the clear lead back in Minnesota. Mattison's status will become official just prior to the 1 PM ET kickoff Sunday.

Oct 15, 2022 3:20 PM EST

Iffy for Week 6

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said Mattison (shoulder) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: According to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, O'Connell thinks Mattison will be able to suit up Sunday, but official confirmation on the running back's status won't come one way or the other until the Vikings release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. If available, Mattison should handle his usual complementary role behind Dalvin Cook, though Mattison could see at least a slight drop from the season-high 46 percent snap share and 12 touches he took on during last week's win over the Bears.

Oct 14, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Stays limited Thursday

Mattison (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: Mattison maintained his activity level from Wednesday's session, giving him just one more opportunity to get back to full this week. Even if he enters the weekend with a game-day designation, there's been no indication that he's in danger of sitting out Sunday at Miami. Assuming he's available, Mattison would be poised for modest work behind starting running back Dalvin Cook, which has amounted to 7.4 touches for 30.4 yards from scrimmage per game and two total TDs across five contests.

Oct 13, 2022 3:07 PM EST

Dealing with shoulder injury

Mattison (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Mattison played a season-high 43 percent of snaps in a Week 5 win over Chicago, though his 12 touches netted only 41 yards, while Dalvin Cook took 20 touches for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mattison has seen a bit more work than in past years ever since Cook dislocated his problematic shoulder, but the starter hasn't missed a game yet and it's now the backup who is bothered by a shoulder injury. In any case, Mattison's practice participation Wednesday -- even in a limited capacity -- suggests he's more likely than not to play this Sunday in Miami.

Oct 12, 2022 2:54 PM EST

Nine carries in win

Mattison had nine carries for 19 yards and three receptions for 21 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Analysis: Mattison played on a season-high 46% of the offensive snaps (34 snaps) and got a decent workload even with Dalvin Cook having a strong game (18 carries for 94 yards and two receptions). However, it is hard to count on a workload even this large unless Dalvin Cook gets hurt.

Oct 10, 2022 2:41 PM EST

TD catch in London

Mattison had three carries for three yards and one reception for a 15-yard touchdown on his lone target in Sunday's win over New Orleans in London.

Analysis: With Dalvin Cook able to play despite a shoulder injury, Mattison returned to his reserve role and played about the usual number of snaps. Cook's chronic dislocated shoulder issue didn't appear to have any setback, so Mattison should have a reserve role again next week against Chicago.

Oct 3, 2022 12:21 PM EST

Takes over backfield late

Mattison carried the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Lions. He added one reception for 16 yards.

Analysis: Mattison settled into his typical change of pace role and had only four carries through three quarters. However, he served as the Vikings' lead back in the final quarter of the game after Dalvin Cook exited with a shoulder injury. Though Mattison didn't get a ton of volume, he made a large impact with a 16-yard reception and trip to the end zone from six yards away. Cook was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder after the game, so there is a chance that Mattison will get lead-back duties in a Week 4 matchup at New Orleans.

Sep 25, 2022 5:20 PM EST

Just two carries Monday

Mattison had two carries for eight yards and three receptions for six yards in Monday's loss at Philadelphia.

Analysis: Mattison played on 19 of the offense's 61 snaps and wasn't involved much, which isn't surprising given the Vikings were playing from a large deficit most of the game. It looks like Mattison will have the same role as prior years with a large role if Cook is hurt, but a modest one if the latter is healthy.

Sep 20, 2022 9:46 AM EST

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