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6 months agoProduction in college was not an issue for Alexander Mattison. His conference was. Although he had over 1,000 rushing yards and 12 or more touchdowns in both his sophomore and junior seasons, the fact he played for Boise State in the Mountain West Conference severely hurt him come draft time. Due to this, he lasted until the 102nd pick and the third round where he went to the Minnesota Vikings. While this will not see him get immediate production with Dalvin Cook fully entrenched there as the starter, he may still see some time. Health has not been a friend for Cook so far in his NFL career. He tore his ACL in the fifth game of his rookie season in 2017 and it took him all season to start to come back to his full self in 2018. If a nagging injury again creeps up for Cook, then Mattison should find success behind a revamped offensive line. Not a pass catcher on the level of Delvin Cook, Mattison still managed 55 receptions over his final two college seasons along with his 514 rush attempts. At 5’11 and 220 pounds he has the size to come in and take over the full load, unlike a smaller back in Tarik Cohen should David Montgomery go down in Chicago. If Cook goes down Mattison could easily be a workhorse. This far from means he should be drafted. In fact, no handcuff should be drafted. And make no mistake, he is only a handcuff. There is no committee situation in Minnesota and unless there is an injury, he has no value this season. In dynasty leagues, a third-round pick is not a bad buy for Mattison, but in redraft leagues, he is a waiver wire option at best until playoff time comes. At that time if you want to insure yourself in case of an injury to Cook, or to block your opponent from him if he is the Cook owner, then he becomes a valuable player to own.--Dominick Petrillo - RotoBaller
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