Alexander Mattison
Alexander Mattison
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Minnesota Vikings
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Mattison was a solid complement to Dalvin Cook in the Minnesota backfield after being a third-round draft pick in 2019, but it's possible that might be Mattison's effective ceiling. Power and burst allow him to hit holes hard, and improved play last season from the interior of Minnesota's offensive line gave the rookie room to run. Mattison didn't add much as a receiver (aside from a strong Week 13 showing against Seattle), but he did show decent hands in college and could be reasonably effective if he were used more often as an outlet option for Kirk Cousins. What Mattison doesn't have is speed or elusiveness to consistently get away from tacklers once he breaks through to the second level, and three of his four longest runs of the year came in the fourth quarter of games where the Vikings held multi-score leads. For a player brought in to provide insurance in case Cook got hurt again, it was also discouraging that Mattison was sidelined at the same time as Cook the final two weeks, opening the door for Mike Boone to make a splash. Cook's summer holdout will place all eyes on the Minnesota backfield, and Mattison in particular, but it could be a committee situation if - and it's still a big "if" - Cook ends up skipping games. Read Past Outlooks
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#137.24
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$Signed a four-year, $3.47 million contract with the Vikings in May of 2019.
Enters camp as backup
RBMinnesota Vikings
August 14, 2020
Mattison enters training camp in a backup role after Dalvin Cook decided against a holdout, the Vikings' official website reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Alexander Mattison's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
15.0%
 
Positive Run %
80.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
58.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.7
 
Rushing TD %
1.0%
 
Touches Per Game
8.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
55.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
0.6%
 
% Team Targets
2.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
83.3%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.9
 
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2019 Alexander Mattison Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Alexander Mattison's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
220 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.29 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.13 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
 
Broad Jump
127 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Vikings surprised some by nabbing Mattison, a projected Day 3 pick, late in the third round of the 2019 draft. It isn't too hard to see what caught the team's attention, especially considering the trouble Dalvin Cook has had staying healthy. Mattison was a workhorse at Boise State, and his three-down skill set and stout frame (5-11, 221) should allow him to step straight into a starting role if necessary. He doesn't have plus speed or elusiveness and might not be a big-play threat, but he attacks holes with power, burst and balance, and he gets to the second level consistently even if he doesn't do a lot of damage once there. Even if Cook stays healthy, Minnesota could elect to use Mattison in short-yardage spots and at the goal line, and a lack of competition on the depth chart - Mike Boone, Ameer Abdullah and Roc Thomas are the other reserve running backs - points toward some carries for the rookie. But considering Cook's propensity for injury, Mattison should be on the fantasy radar.
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Finishes 2019 with 462 yards
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 13, 2020
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.
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Feels good following wild-card win
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 7, 2020
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.
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Returns to full practice
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 1, 2020
Mattison (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.
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Anticipates playing Sunday
RBMinnesota Vikings
Ankle
January 1, 2020
Mattison (ankle) expects to play in Sunday's wild-card game at New Orleans, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Won't play in Week 17
RBMinnesota Vikings
Ankle
December 29, 2019
Mattison (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.
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