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Instant Fantasy Analysis - RB Alexander Mattison, Vikings

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Mattison may not be a familiar name to most after playing his college ball at Boise State, but he may be the most polished running back prospect in this draft. He's not a player that tested particularly well (4.67 at the combine) and he isn't going to wow many folks with his twitchiness, but he figures to enjoy a fairly long career in the NFL because he is so fundamentally sound, patient and decisive. Those qualities likely helped the 5-11, 221-pounder record the third-most missed tackles of any draft-eligible back this season. Given his size and ability to run with power - as well as the departure of Latavius Murray - Mattison may be the early favorite to serve as Dalvin Cook's change-of-pace and serve as the goal-line back as well. He certainly proved he could handle a heavy workload - he topped 20 carries in each of his last 10 games and piled up 77 of his 302 carries for the year over the last two contests - which will make him a valuable handcuff in redraft leagues for Cook owners, especially given his injury history. I would start considering Mattison early in the second round of rookie drafts.

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