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Alexander Mattison

#2 RB,

Vikings

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ACTUAL 2022

88 FPTS

RANK:49

2023 SEASON

163 FPTS

RANK:34

AGE

24 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

5'11'' / 215 lbs

COLLEGE

Boise State

Set to join Las Vegas backfield

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-18

Mattison is in line to sign with the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

In 16 games for the Vikings during the 2023 regular season, Mattison had 180 carries for 700 yards and caught 30 of his 44 targets for 192 yards and three receiving TDs. With the Raiders, Mattison -- who turns 26 in June -- is slated to provide the team with needed backfield depth and a complementary option alongside 2022 fourth-rounder Zamir White following the free-agent departure of Josh Jacobs. Assuming White serves as Las Vegas' top RB option, Mattison's weekly upside will be modest, but if White is injured or struggles at all as the 2024 season progresses, Mattison could reenter the fantasy lineup equation.

Officially released by Minnesota

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-04

The Vikings officially released Mattison on Monday.

Mattison was initially informed of his release by the team late February, and he's now officially a free agent after having signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the team last offseason. The veteran back is coming off a solid season from a volume perspective, with 700 yards on a career-high 180 carries across 16 games, but those stats are marred by a lack of explosiveness (3.9 YPC) and turnovers, with three total fumbles, two of which were lost. Mattison has now turned in three straight seasons averaging less than 4.0 YPC. Minnesota, in the meantime, should be in the market for backfield options to join Ty Chandler.

To be released by Vikings

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-29

The Vikings informed Mattison they will be releasing him Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Mattison took over as the primary running back in Minnesota after Dalvin Cook was released last offseason. He had a good season from a volume perspective, logging a career-best 180 carries while also racking up 30 receptions. However, he lacked explosiveness, evident from the fact that he had just one rush over 20 yards. He'll likely be looking for a short-term deal as a complementary rusher this offseason.

Handles eight touches

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-10

Mattison rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Lions.

Mattison continued to operate as the backup running back behind Ty Chandler, concluding a disappointing season for the veteran. In 16 games, the 25-year-old totaled rushed 180 times for 700 yards, failing to find the end zone on the ground. Mattison did, however, find the end zone three times through the air while catching 30 passes for 192 yards. A popular value pick at running back ahead of the 2023 campaign, Mattison's future as a starter in Minnesota seems to be up in the air at best. With that said, he'll enter the final year of his contract with the Vikings next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2025.

Five touches in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-01

Mattison had three carries for 17 yards and two receptions for 13 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Mattison again took a back seat to starter Ty Chandler as he played on 21 of the offense's 53 snaps. Chandler played on 30 snaps. Mattison looks set to work behind Chandler again for the regular season finale next week at Detroit.

Cleared for SNF

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Mattison (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday night's game against Green Bay.

His status was never really in doubt after he returned from the ankle injury last week and took two touches on five snaps in a 30-24 loss to the Lions. Mattison upgraded to full practice participation Friday after limited sessions earlier in the week, and there's a good chance he gets at least a little more playing time Week 17 given that he's healthier and Ty Chandler managed just 17 total yards last week. Chandler still looks like the better fantasy play out of the two, having taken 65 percent of the snaps last week after rumbling for 157 total yards in a loss to Cincinnati the week prior.

Limited Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Mattison (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

Since sitting out Week 15 due to a sprained right ankle, Mattison handled a bit role in the offense (two carries on five offensive snaps) this past Sunday versus the Lions and now has been listed as limited on back-to-back injury reports during Week 17 prep. He likely will need to return to all activity Friday in order to avoid a designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Packers. Even if he's able to suit up again this weekend, though, Mattison may play second fiddle to RB Ty Chandler, who logged 65 percent of snaps and had eight rushes for 17 yards and a touchdown against Detroit.

Limited on practice estimate

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Mattison (ankle) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated practice report.

Mattison sat out Week 15 due to a low right-ankle sprain, but he was able to return to action this past Sunday against the Lions, when he turned two carries into minus-1 yard on five offensive snaps. Fellow running back Ty Chandler paced the Vikings backfield with 36 snaps on offense, but he managed just eight carries for 17 yards and one touchdown. As long as Mattison's health is compromised, he may continue to play second fiddle to Chandler down the stretch, assuming the former is active on game days. In the end, Friday's injury report will reveal whether or not Mattison enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's NFC North matchup with the Packers.

Sparse usage in return

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-24

Mattison had two carries for minus-1 yard during Sunday's 30-24 defeat to the Lions.

In a game in which the Vikings were in catch-up mode from the outset, the offense led by quarterback Nick Mullens leaned toward the air and not the ground, resulting in 36 pass attempts and just 11 rushes. Fellow running back Ty Chandler handled eight of those carries, and the only member of the backfield to receive a target was FB C.J. Ham, despite WR Jordan Addison (ankle) and TE T.J. Hockenson (knee) leaving the contest with injuries. According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, there was an expectation that Mattison would be the second RB behind Chandler in the former's return from a one-game absence due to a sprained right ankle, and Mattison's upcoming activity level during Week 17 prep may give a sense of how much work he'll be able to handle Sunday, Dec. 31 against the Packers.

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