Stash & Slash

Updated: May 27, 2020

Alexander Mattison - Stash 


Dynasty rookie drafts are right around the corner, and a player who went in the 3rd round or later last year that I am stashing is Alexander Mattison. While Mattison sits as the Vikings backup running back behind Dalvin Cook, Cook has missed a total of 19 games in his first three seasons in Minnesota. Anytime a starter is this fragile, the backup becomes even more valuable in the fantasy world we live in. In his final season at Boise State, Mattison ran for 1415 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 173 yards for the Broncos, showing his all-purpose skills in the backfield. This past season Mattison was 1 of only 4 players to see a loaded box of 8 or more over 34% of their rushing attempts.

Out of these 4 players he was the most efficient and second in yards per carry, against these loaded boxes, only to Derek Henry according to NextGen Stats. When he was on the field the Vikings were most likely calling his number, 55% of the time to be exact.

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No matter the coverage or defense Mattison won the battle. Alexander Mattison is a good power back with instant value in short-yardage plays and a player when given the opportunity to showcase his athleticism and all-purpose traits. With his college production and glimpse of talent on limited opportunities, I am stashing Mattison until he gets his shot as a starting running back in the league and proves me wrong.

Slash – Miles Boykin

The epitome of combine hype is wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin blew people away with his scores and metrics at the combine last year and from this received an inflated ADP of late second, early third rounds in rookie drafts. For a player who was unproductive in college I just never saw the correlation. We have seen this over and over when a player tests well at the combine they rise up the ADP boards due to biased opinion of what was just televised for a whole week, not the playstyle or attributes that kept him in school for his senior year. A few names that come to mind are Chris Conley, Stephen Hill, and Darrius Heyward-Bey, all unproductive in college but blew away the combine competition in similar fashion. Not a very good group of receivers to be linked too. Boykin untimely landed in the perfect scenario in Baltimore, playing for a team that did not have a top wide receiver and subsequently under performed. Playing all 16 games while starting 11, Boykin only saw the field for 38% of the snaps on a team that put up a ton of points. Look for the Ravens to add a top wide receiver via free agency and potentially grab another in the draft. If Boykin couldn’t produce in this offense, with the lack of competition at receiver, I just don’t see it happening after Baltimore adds more weapons. I am slashing Miles Boykin and making room on my roster for someone a little more productive in his collegiate career with the added upside to produce in year one.


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