It is not good news for the Minnesota Vikings as starting running back Dalvin Cook will be on the sidelines in Week 5. The Pro Bowl ball-carrier has been downgraded to out against the Detroit Lions because of a lingering ankle injury that caused him to be a limited participant in practice all week.
Alexander Mattison will now be called upon to take on a larger workload out of the backfield. He already has one start this season in which racked up a whopping 171 total yards on 32 touches. Mattison's fantasy outlook receives a major boost heading into kickoff.
Alexander Mattison Fantasy Outlook
Mattison finished as the RB7 in PPR scoring leagues the last time he drew a start (Week 3) and it wouldn't be surprising to see him rack up 20-plus touches once again. The third-year back has improved his receiving abilities this season, which gives him even more value in PPR leagues.
In fact, the 23-year-old has hauled in 8 of 10 targets for 80 yards in 2021. That is already over halfway towards his career-high mark of 125 receiving yards set last season. Keep in mind that Mattison has major touchdown upside given he leads the entire Vikings offense with 10 red zone looks this year.
Mattison draws a great matchup in Week 5 against a struggling Detroit defense. The Lions have posted the third-worst rush defense DVOA rating this season and are giving up the most PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs. Simply put, sliding Mattison into a starting spot is a smart move this week.
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