Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Mon 1/17/22 5:41 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Mon 1/3/22 12:53 PM

Mattison did not have a carry and had four receptions for 13 yards on five targets in Sunday's 37-10 loss at Green Bay.
EDGE 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 Mattison could have a larger role Week 18 against Chicago with Minnesota out of the playoff race and the team potentially resting Cook.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Sun 12/26/21 5:20 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Thu 12/23/21 1:04 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Wed 12/22/21 2:16 PM

The Vikings activated Mattison (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
EDGE 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, a role that has amounted to 5.1 touches per game in his 10 non-spot starts this season.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Mon 12/13/21 6:34 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Mon 12/13/21 5:31 PM

Mattison (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
EDGE Analysis
Mattison reverted to a complementary role Week 14 versus the Steelers with Dalvin Cook back on the field, and he's now entered COVID-19 protocols. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Mattison tested positive for the virus. Veteran tailback Wayne Gallman was claimed off waivers to bolster Minnesota's depth at running back in the meantime.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Fri 12/10/21 7:26 AM

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.
EDGE Analysis
The talented backup running back returned to his usual spot on the depth chart because 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 Vikings' high-scoring win. As capable as Mattison has proven to be when given extended opportunity, Thursday's results served as a tangible reminder of why Mattison will remain a clear No. 2 behind his teammate as long as Cook is healthy.

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Thu 12/9/21 7:09 PM

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

Alexander Mattison
RB MIN (7)
Sun 12/5/21 5:14 PM

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.
EDGE 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.