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Alexander Mattinson Fantasy Value Improves in Week 6 Following Biggest Workload of Season

Max Staley
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Alexander Mattison generated a bit of buzz after an impressive preseason, and he became the clear-cut handcuff for the oft-injured Dalvin Cook. On one of the run-heaviest teams in the NFL, however, Mattison has a chance to provide standalone fantasy value.

Entering Week 6, the Minnesota Vikings had run the ball 153 times, good for the sixth-most attempts in the NFL. That's certainly the kind of volume that could support two fantasy-relevant RBs, and Mattison has impressed when given the opportunity.

Mattison turned 14 carries into 63 rushing yards against Philadelphia, which is particularly impressive considering the Eagles are one of the stingiest run defenses in the NFL, having held opponents to a league-best 63.0 rushing yards per game through five weeks.

Cook, for example, was held to 41 rushing yards on 16 attempts in this one, though he did salvage his day with a rushing TD.

Mattison has seen at least nine carries in three of Minnesota's six games, and he has turned 34 carries into 189 rushing yards on the season, good for an average of 5.6 yards per carry.

If you're in a deeper league, Mattison could provide some value, but he's likely best viewed as one of the better handcuffs in the NFL going forward.


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