Alexander Mattison

Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #22
Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #22
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Alexander Mattison News

Takes back seat in season finale

Mattison ran five times for 18 yards and caught his only target for three yards during Week 18's 31-17 win over the Bears.

Analysis: 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.

Jan 17, 2022 2:41 PM EST

Four receptions in backup role

Mattison did not have a carry and had four receptions for 13 yards on five targets in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.

Analysis: Mattison returned to a backup role with Dalvin Cook returning from the COVID-19 list after missing a game. Mattison played on 19 of the offense's 54 snaps. It's possible Mattision could have a larger role Week 18 against Chicago with Minnesota out of the playoff race and the team potentially resting Cook.

Jan 3, 2022 9:53 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 26, 2021 2:20 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 23, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Removed from COVID-19 list

The Vikings activated Mattison (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: 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, which has amounted to 5.1 touches per game in his 10 non-spot starts this season.

Dec 22, 2021 11:16 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 be Sunday, Dec. 26 against the Rams.

Dec 13, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Shifts to COVID-19 list

Mattison (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Mattison reverted to a complementary role Week 14 versus the Steelers with Dalvin Cook back on the field, and he's now entered the health and safety protocols. It's unclear whether Mattison tested positive for the virus or if he's considered a close contact, but he'll be unavailable until he clears the protocols regardless. Veteran tailback Wayne Gallman was claimed off waivers to bolster Minnesota's depth at running back in the meantime.

Dec 13, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Back to complementary role

Mattison rushed six times for 27 yards and failed to bring in his only target during the Vikings' 36-28 win over the Steelers on Thursday night.

Analysis: The talented backup running back returned to his usual spot on the depth chart since Dalvin Cook was able to overcome his shoulder injury and suit up Thursday. Cook went on to deliver the second-best rushing yardage tally of his career (205) on 20 carries, leaving Mattison with only a handful of touches in the high-scoring win. As capable as Mattison has proven to be when given extended opportunity, Thursday's performance by the player in front of him was a tangible reminder of why Mattison will remain a clear No. 2 behind his teammate as long as Cook is healthy.

Dec 10, 2021 4:26 AM EST

Pushed down RB depth chart

Mattison will welcome back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) to the Vikings backfield for Thursday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 9, 2021 4:09 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 5, 2021 2:14 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 ditches, 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 Week 13.

Dec 3, 2021 10:52 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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' very 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.

Nov 28, 2021 7:30 PM EST

Just three carries Sunday

Mattison had three carries for five yards in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Mattison isn't getting many opportunities with Dalvin Cook healthy, as he's had just 20 touches in his last five games. Mattison had more than 100 yards rushing in both spot starts this season when Cook was injured, so he's still one of the more valuable backups in the league.

Nov 22, 2021 10:26 AM EST

Has 40 scrimmage yards Sunday

Mattison had four carries for 16 yards and one reception for 24 yards in Sunday's win at the Chargers.

Analysis: 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 Dalvin 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.

Nov 15, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Just five touches Sunday

Mattison had four carries for a total of no yards and one reception on his lone target for three yards in Sunday's loss at Baltimore.

Analysis: 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.

Nov 8, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Just four touches Sunday

Mattison had two carries for five yards and lost five yards on two receptions in Sunday's loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Mattison played eight snaps on offense as he had a minimal role with Dalvin Cook full healthy. 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.

Nov 1, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Just three carries with Cook back

Mattison had three carries for 10 yards in Sunday's win at Carolina.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 18, 2021 10:37 AM EST

Sheds injury designation

Mattison (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Panthers, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Analysis: Dalvin Cook (ankle) has also been cleared, so Mattison will likely be relegated to a backup role. Mattison has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in both spot starts when Cook has sat out this season. Given Mattison's effectiveness and Cook's fragile health, Minnesota may opt to give Mattison a more significant share of the workload than he had been receiving previously with both running backs healthy.

Oct 15, 2021 10:16 AM EST

Increases activity Thursday

Mattison (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 14, 2021 2:07 PM EST

Back on practice field

Mattison (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: 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 status quo for their 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.

Oct 14, 2021 12:07 PM EST

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