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Fantasy Football Advice: Week 15 Mailbag

Time to Drop Alexander Mattison? – @Jzamudio24

Taysom HillJosh PalmerWan’Dale RobinsonJahan Dotson and Kenneth Gainwell are all available on the waiver wire.

In the ever-evolving landscape of fantasy football, tough decisions will arise. This week, @Jzamudio24 is contemplating dropping Alexander Mattison, and we’re here to break down the factors at play.

Alexander Mattison (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

Mattison has been a steady presence but injured his ankle in Week 14 and has no timetable for a return. With several intriguing options available on the waiver wire, including Taysom HillJosh PalmerWan’Dale RobinsonJahan Dotson and Kenneth Gainwell, it’s essential to assess Mattison’s remaining schedule.

The matchups ahead present a mixed bag for Mattison if he can play. The Vikings will be in Cincinnati for Week 15. The Bengals have been somewhat formidable against running backs recently after struggling against them earlier this season. They held Zack Moss to 56 total yards on 21 touches last week and limited Travis Etienne to 79 total yards on 15 touches with a touchdown in the week prior. The Bengals’ defense, once favorable for running backs, has become more friendly to quarterbacks.

Week 16 brings a matchup against the Detroit Lions, who haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season but have given up touchdowns, especially in the last four games. The Lions’ defense, however, has been more susceptible to quarterbacks in recent weeks, too.

Week 17 features a showdown with the Green Bay Packers, a team that has allowed significant rushing yards and touchdowns lately, making Mattison an intriguing option for that fantasy football championship week matchup.

Considering the broader context of your roster, Mattison’s efficiency and the Vikings’ offensive uncertainties, it’s essential to evaluate your other FLEX play options. If Mattison is your best FLEX or RB2 option when healthy and you anticipate making it to the championship, keeping him might be prudent. However, if you have depth at the position and need a player this week, you may consider dropping him.

It’s crucial to note that dropping Mattison comes with the risk of another fantasy manager picking him up. If you decide to part ways, consider your team’s immediate needs and the potential consequences of losing Mattison to another manager.

If you find yourself in need of a tight end, Taysom Hill emerges as a favorable option among the available players mentioned, though none may be as appealing as Mattison in the right circumstances.

Bottom Line

The decision to drop Alexander Mattison hinges on your team’s specific needs, depth at the running back position and your confidence in alternative options. If Mattison is crucial to your playoff push, keeping him might be the safer play. However, it could be a strategic move in the quest for fantasy football glory if you can afford to part ways and address immediate needs with available talent.

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