Alexander Mattison

Alexander Mattison

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Las Vegas Raiders
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Mattison did well as a backup in his first four NFL seasons and seemed well-situated going into 2023 without Dalvin Cook ahead of him on the depth chart. Instead, Mattison's one-year stint as a starter for the Vikings went about as poorly as possible. Fumbles, dropped passes and short-yardage suddenly became issues, in addition to his longstanding lack of speed/explosiveness. Ty Chandler took over as Minnesota's lead back down the stretch, and Mattison then signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Las Vegas this offseason. The deal is mostly guaranteed and thus gives him strong odds of making the Week 1 roster, but that doesn't mean he'll challenge Zamir White for the starting job or even be a lock for the second spot on the depth chart. The other RBs competing for roles, namely sixth-round rookie Dylan Laube and 31-year-old Ameer Abdullah, might be better options than both White and Mattison for passing situations. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Raiders in March of 2024.
Set to join Las Vegas backfield
RBLas Vegas Raiders
March 18, 2024
Mattison is in line to sign with the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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How do Alexander Mattison's 2023 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
17.8%
 
Positive Run %
78.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
67.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.6
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
13.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
38.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.04
 
% Team Air Yards
0.5%
 
% Team Targets
7.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
68.2%
 
Drop Rate
11.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.0
 
% Targeted On Route
15.8%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.69
 
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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
215 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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
After four years of backing up Dalvin Cook, Mattison will get his starting shot this season as Cook was released in June. Still only 25, Mattison should have fresh legs thanks to a light workload over the years -- in fact, he had career-low 89 touches last year because Cook stayed healthy for a full season for the first time. While Mattison lacks breakaway speed (4.67 40, career 4.1 YPC), he's familiar with the offense, has the frame to handle large workloads (215 pounds) and even boasts a strong track record as a receiver (career catch rate of 83.3 percent at 6.3 YPT). He also has just two fumbles on 474 career touches, so he's as good as anyone at protecting the ball. Rookie seventh-round pick DeWayne McBride might have something on Mattison as a pure runner, but McBride has no history as a pass catcher and fumbled five times in 2022 alone. That should help ensure Mattison is a three-down back.
For the third consecutive season, Mattison served as a solid backup to Dalvin Cook, stepping into the starting role and mostly posting solid numbers on big-time volume when the Vikings’ starter was sidelined. A shaky Minnesota offensive line hurt Mattison's efficiency on the ground and contributed to a career-low 3.7 YPC, as only three other backs with at least 100 carries averaged less than Mattison's 1.7 yards per carry before contact. He made up for it by earning more trust as a receiving option, with 32 catches more than doubling his old career high. Heading into the final season of his rookie contract, Mattison's spot on the depth chart behind Cook doesn't figure to change, but the use of both backs could be slightly different with former Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell replacing Mike Zimmer as head coach.
As the backup to Dalvin Cook, a bell cow who mostly stayed healthy last season, Mattison earned more than half his scrimmage yards in two games. The first was Week 5, when Cook's quad injury opened the door for a 112-yard rushing performance by his backup. But even then, the Week 5 contest ended with Mattison missing a hole on 4th-and-short, and he then managed just 30 total yards as the starter the next week. Cook returned after that and stayed healthy the rest of the season, though he missed Week 17 for personal reasons and Mattison responded with 145 total yards and two touchdowns. In between those big performances, the Boise State product saw little action and reached double-digit carries in only two other contests. A solidly built runner with burst and power, Mattison doesn't have the speed or elusiveness to be a big-play threat or the skills to be a reliable every-down asset, but he fits Mike Zimmer's smash-mouth offensive philosophy and has shown he can help keep the chains moving when Cook is unavailable.
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 put all eyes on Mattison, but Cook ended up reporting for the start of training camp.
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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Officially released by Minnesota
RBFree Agent
March 4, 2024
The Vikings officially released Mattison on Monday.
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To be released by Vikings
RBFree Agent
February 29, 2024
The Vikings have informed Mattison that they will be releasing him, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Handles eight touches in finale
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 10, 2024
Mattison rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Lions.
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Five touches in loss
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 1, 2024
Mattison had three carries for 17 yards and two receptions for 13 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
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Cleared for SNF
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 29, 2023
Mattison (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday night's game against Green Bay.
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Embracing complementary role
RBLas Vegas Raiders
June 7, 2024
Mattison, who signed a one-year deal up to $2 million with the Raiders this offseason, is looking forward to helping guide new teammate Zamir White as the latter moves into a lead role, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mattison, who actually served as a backup for the majority of his career with the Vikings, noted that going from understudy to starter, like White will be doing this season, is "as difficult as you make it." The veteran added that the right group of coaches and players makes the process much smoother, and he expressed his commitment to contributing in that regard while also joining his new position mates in learning the team's new offensive system.
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