6 most overrated Minnesota Vikings players on the 2022 roster

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Irv Smith Jr.
(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Irv Smith Jr. /
6 of 7
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) Alexander Mattison /

Alexander Mattison – RB

When Alexander Mattison had the chance to start four games last season, he made the most of his increase in opportunities.

In the four matchups with Mattison in the starting lineup, the Vikings running back scored a total of three touchdowns and he averaged 4.9 yards per touch. However, in Mattison’s other 12 appearances last season when he wasn’t a starter, he only found the end zone once and he averaged just 3.3 yards per touch.

That’s a significant difference in production for someone who is viewed by some as half of one of the best running back duos in the NFL.

What we can learn from Mattison’s numbers in his starts and his non-starts last season is that it’s pretty clear he needs a bunch of touches to make any sort of impact on the field. This is a problem since his current role on Minnesota’s roster is the No. 2 running back behind Dalvin Cook.

If Mattison is unable to increase his production in games when he’s not a starter next season, then the Vikings’ new coaching staff might look to give some more snaps in the backfield to guys like Kene Nwangwu and rookie Ty Chandler.