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|As a 5th round pick stuck behind Cook and Mattison, Chandler didn't see the field until Week 18 with just six touches for 20 yards, but he likely has the upper hand as the backup, as only raw 7th rounder DeWyane McBride and kick returner Kene Nwangwu stands in his way. The Vikings seem intent to bolster the notion that runner backs have become replaceable parts in the modern NFL, as they have some of the fewest draft and financial capital invested in the position. While none of the backups are currently fantasy relevant, pay close attention to how this depth chart shakes out in camp. If McBride can develop 3rd down skills, his college production, and athleticism give him some serious upside on an offense as wide open as this one will be.
| Alexander Mattison expected to play Week 11|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 19, 7:00 am
|Despite spending the week in concussion protocol and being listed as questionable for Sunday night, Vikings’ RB Alexander Mattison is “good to go” and expected to play vs. the Broncos, per source. (Adam Schefter on X)|
FFToday's Take: It was expected that Mattison would miss this week but he was able to buck the trend and clear concussion protocol in time to play. He'll likely split time with Ty Chandler which caps the upside of both. Both are weak Flex options even in a plus matchup given the state of the Vikings run game.
| Vikings lose Cam Akers to Achilles injury|
Second Achilles injury for Akers
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 5, 4:49 pm
|Vikings’ HC Kevin O’Connell told reporters that RB Cam Akers suffered an Achilles injury today. (Adam Schefter on X)|
FFToday's Take: This would be the second Achilles injury for Akers. His previous injury came with Rams back in Week 1 of 2021. The Vikings have struggled to run the ball all season and the only other running back to get a carry in this game was Alexander Mattison who finished with a 16-44-0, 2-49-1 line. Ty Chandler could be the next man up but expect a free agent signing or practice squad call-up this week.