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Alexander Mattison vs. Ty Chandler: Who should you play in fantasy football? Are both viable options?

The Vikings take on the Bears on Monday night in Week 12. We go over Vikings’ backfield duo of Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler with fantasy football advice.

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The Minnesota Vikings will close out the Week 12 slate when hosting the Chicago Bears for Monday Night Football this evening and will try to keep pace in a crowded NFC Wild Card race. Viking running backs Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler figure to play a big role in the offense tonight, like they did in last week’s loss to the Broncos.

Below, we’ll go over whether you should start Mattison, Chandler, or both in your fantasy football lineups this evening.

Fantasy football start sit advice: Vikings RBs

Alexander Mattison

Mattison took 18 carries for 81 yards in last week’s loss against the Broncos and was on the field for 48 offensive snaps. He’s run for a respectable 542 yards this season, but his lack of rushing touchdowns has limited his fantasy potential as enters tonight’s contest as the 30th ranked fantasy running back in the league. His fantasy value becomes depressed even more with Chandler eating up some of his touches over the past few weeks, so I’d sit him unless you’re already tapped out of other options at the end of Week 12.

Ty Chandler

Chandler has gotten more run over the last two weeks as he’s emerged as a viable red zone option as well as a pass-catching option in the Vikings’ offense. He punched in a touchdown against the Saints two weeks ago and followed that up with a productive day against the Broncos, where he took 10 carries for 73 yards and caught four targets for 37 yards. I would like to see if he can do this consistently, so I can’t recommend starting him for tonight.

Can you play both Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler in the same lineup?

Like I said with Mattison, I wouldn’t recommend starting both unless you’re in a job and have no other RB/Flex options for tonight. The Vikings are still piecing together an offensive identity in this post-Kirk Cousins injury/pre-Justin Jefferson return period. I’d stay away.