RB Alexander Mattison - Minnesota Vikings
|5-11, 221||Born: 6-19-1998||College: Boise State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2019|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Alexander Mattison's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs SF (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Vikings just could not run the ball this week. Mattison was given a single carry for 3 yards and did not have a target in the passing attack. Mattison and Cook have a very similar skillset and he was not a great change of pace option this week. The Vikings clearly like Mattison and plan on using him as a big part of their future. Mattison should be one of the top handcuff options next season with the injury history of Cook.
2019 Week 18 vs NO (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
It was not the most productive day for Mattison, but he was able to spell Cook when he needed a breather and hold on to the football while doing it. His longest run went for 16 yards off the edge and he averaged just a single yard per carry on his 4 runs outside of that. Mattison also caught just 1 of his 2 targets for 10 yards on a swing pass to the outside. The Vikings ran the ball 9 more times than they threw it this week and continued their run heavy approach. Mattison may be leaned on more next week as the Vikings take on a much different defense in the 49ers.
2019 Week 17 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mattison was ruled out with the same ankle injury that kept him out last week. He was listed as questionable when the Vikings ruled Cook out, but they played it safe and kept him out as well. The Vikings are looking to have the healthiest team possible next weekend for the playoffs.
2019 Week 16 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ankle sprains are very tricky, especially a high ankle sprain. The Vikings waited until late in the week before ruling out Mattison and they could have really used him. Mattison has now missed 2 straight games and his status for next week is still up in the air as well. Thankfully the Vikings have already clinched a playoff spot, but they will most likely have to come out of the 6th seed to make some sort of run.
2019 Week 15 vs LAC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mattison did not play this week after being ruled out with an ankle injury. He missed practice time this week, but the inactive status came as a surprise to many. Then Dalvin Cook left the game with an injury and the Vikings had to piece together a rushing attack for the rest of the game. If Cook is unable to go next week, Mattison should be in line for the majority of the carries if his ankle heals as well. Otherwise it will be another patchwork game with Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah.
2019 Week 14 vs DET (14 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
The split between Mattison and Cook this week was the closest it has been all season/ Cook had 18 carries to 14 for Mattison. Both backs had 2 targets in the passing game and made both catches. Mattison's longest run went for 9 yards and his longest catch also went for 9. He has shown that he has a very similar skill set to Cook and is a viable option in the offense in an expanded role. The only thing that Cook did better this week was find the end zone. Mattison does not have the same ability to sniff out the end zone right now but that is something that will come with more time and experience in this offense. The Vikings eased off Cook when they had a clear lead and let Mattison take more of the load in the second half. If the chest injury to Cook lingers, look for Mattison to get more work down the stretch to ensure Cook's health for the playoffs.
2019 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Mattison was pressed into a starting role early in the 3rd quarter when Cook went down with a shoulder injury. He was very productive with his carries and averaged 5.5 yards per touch. He also was second on the team in receiving yards while catching 4 of his 5 targets. The Vikings had no problem running the same screen play to Mattison that has been so successful for Cook all season. Mattison took one of those screen plays for 17 yards down the sideline and showed a great burst of speed and ability to elude defenders. Depending on the severity of the shoulder injury to Cook, Mattison may get his first opportunity to start next week against Detroit. The last time these 2 teams met, Cook had 25 carries for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mattison would most likely not get 25 carries but there should be a lot of room to run against the Lions and a great chance to score his second career touchdown.
2019 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Broncos did not just do a good job against Cook, they also bottled up Mattison and anyone else who tried to run the ball this week. Mattison had just 3 carries and averaged 1.7 yards per carry and did not have a single target in the passing game this week. The Vikings were the only team in the NFL who had run the ball more than they passed it this year, but nothing was working on the ground and that spelled disaster for Mattison and his chances this week. With some easier matchups on the way, Mattison will look to get back on track against Seattle and Detroit after the Bye week.
2019 Week 10 vs DAL (8 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
The rookie running back continues to impress for the Vikings. He had better than a 5 yards per carry average this week and rumbled off a 16-yard run that fell just short of the end zone. The play was initially ruled a touchdown before a review ruled him down at the 1-yard line. This drive almost turned into a disaster after a false start penalty pushed them back but Cook eventually took the ball in on 4th and 1 for the score. Mattison looked great carrying the ball and was able to find holes that Cook could not early in the game. He only saw a single target that he took for 2 yards and did not play a major role in the passing game. The Vikings have used Cook more as a receiver and even line up Ameer Abduallah over Mattison at times. The rookie back has played a major role this year and should continue to do so as they try and keep Cook healthy for the end of the year push.
2019 Week 9 vs KC (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was not a great game for Mattison this week. The Vikings did everything they could to get Cook going, but he was never able to break free. Rather than shift more carries to Mattison to try and vary the offensive attack they gave him just 3 carries and a single target in the passing game. Mattison did not make the reception and his longest rush of the game went for 3 yards. Nothing was really working for the Vikings on offense this week and Mattison's workload suffered because of it.
2019 Week 8 vs WAS (13 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
With every week that passes, it looks more and more like the Vikings got this draft selection right. Mattison showed flashes of speed, power, and hands catching the ball out of the backfield this week. He had his second highest number of carries and yardage on the season and would have had 30 more yards had 2 runs not been called back by penalties on the final drive of the game. Mattison had a 28-yard run where he showed bother power and speed by getting to the outside and lowering his shoulder to run through a defender to finish the run and would have tacked on a similar 19-yard run that was called back due to penalty. He also caught both of his targets but only managed 3 yards on screen plays that were read by the Washington defense. Mattison has been a great pickup for the Vikings and should see more and more work as the season goes on.
2019 Week 7 vs DET (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was not a great game for the rookie as he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry this week. The Vikings pushed the issue with Cook this week and only used Mattison when Cook needed a breather. His longest run went for 9 yards and he did not see a single target in the passing game. This is the type of ebbs and flows you expect to see from a rookie back who is playing behind one of the best running backs in the NFL this season. Mattison will have better games, but the Vikings wanted to rely on Cook this week in a very back and forth affair.
2019 Week 6 vs PHI (14 / 63 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Everything was coming up Mattison this week until he put the ball on the ground and lost the fumble. Mattison was given 14 carries this week and turned it into 63 yards. This was just 2 fewer carries than Cook and showed that the Vikings feel confident enough in the rookie to give Cook a breather when needed. Mattison ripped off a big 35-yard run where he cut to the outside and shook his linebacker for a big gain. He also had another 18-yard run called back due to a holding penalty and could have had an even bigger day. Mattison was not targeted in the passing game this week but did see more work on the ground than any other time this season. The rookie has done a great job behind Cook and should continue to see plenty of volume in the run heavy Viking offense.
2019 Week 5 vs NYG (7 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It can be hard playing behind a guy having as much success as Cook, but Mattison is making the best of his carries when given. He had just 7 carries for over 50 yards and averaged 7.4 yards per carry. His longest run of the day went for 19 yards and Mattison continues to show why the Vikings drafted him. He has been a great compliment to Cook and should start to see more carries as the Vikings try and preserve Cook for his first full season in the NFL. The Vikings have a dynamic duo in the back field to go along with Thielen and Diggs on the outside. This offense should be able to put up a lot of points as long as they get better play from their quarterback.
2019 Week 4 vs CHI (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The usage for Mattison is always going to depend on how well things are going for Cook and this week things did not go well for anyone. There was no room to run on the ground for the Vikings and Mattison was only given 2 carries this week. After breaking through for his first career touchdown last week, it was a very quiet game this week. Mattison caught his lone target for 8 yards and had just 3 touches the entire game. Mattison needs the offense to click in order to receiver more touches and that is not going to happen unless Cousins starts to play better.
2019 Week 3 vs OAK (12 / 58 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Vikings ran the ball right down the throat of Oakland and Mattison was rewarded with 12 carries this week. Minnesota had a 21-0 lead in the first half, and they elected to give Cook a bit of a break after using him extensively in the first 2 games. Mattison ran for almost 60 yards on his 12 carries, had a long run of 21 yards, and chipped in a 10-yard touchdown of his own. Mattison took the ball up the middle and leapt up and over a defender into the end zone for the first touchdown of his career. His 21-yard run came off tackle and he showed a great burst of speed to get the edge and turn up field. Mattison has shown to be everything the Vikings wanted when they drafted him and has shown early returns as a rookie. Look for him to get more work down the stretch as Minnesota tries to manage the work load for the oft injured Cook.
2019 Week 2 vs GB (4 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cook was not the only one to have success on the ground, Mattison chipped in 25 yards of his own on only 4 carries. He had another first down run nullified by a penalty but has shown that he is the clear number 2 in Minnesota right now. Ameer Abdullah was given a single carry, but Mattison is not in any jeopardy of losing his backup role. Mattison did not have a single target in the passing game, but Cousins would have probably over thrown him like he did almost all of his other receivers anyway. The Vikings are rising Cook hard early this season and we should see more carries for Mattison in the coming weeks as they try to manage his workload. The offensive line is doing a great job run blocking and Mattison should have several holes to run through when given the chance.
2019 Week 1 vs ATL (9 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
There is a reason the Vikings took Mattison in the 3rd round last season and he proved that this weekend. Serving as the primary backup to Cook, Mattison amassed 49 yards on the ground and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. He was not targeted in the passing game, but only 4 Vikings were total this week. Mattison ripped off a 23-yard scamper off the right side for a big first down and accounted for nearly half of his yards on a single play. This was the same play the Vikings called for Cook on his 22-yard run and touchdown. The only threat to Mattison right now is Ameer Abdullah, but the Vikings seem to trust their rookie runner with the primary workload behind Cook to start the season.
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