If not for a torn left ACL, we'd be talking about Dalvin Cook in the practically the same breath as Leonard Fournette and Kareem Hunt. At the time of his injury, Cook averaged 12.8 Fantasy points per game in non-PPR formats and 15.5 in PPR. That's behind Fournette (14.1 and 16.8) and Hunt (14.3 and 17.6) but ahead of top-12 backs like LeSean McCoy, Jordan Howard and Carlos Hyde. The Vikings gave Cook a big workload, averaging 18.5 carries and 2.8 catches per game and believed in him as a superstar running back. That shouldn't change, especially after the Vikings lost speedy passing-downs back Jerick McKinnon via free agency. That should open the door for Cook to pick up even more work as a pass-catcher. Maybe that means he loses some carries to Latavius Murray, but it's not enough to think he won't be one of the rare backs with 15-plus touches from week to week. Also in Cook's favor? A team with a stellar defense, meaning more games where the Vikings can kill the clock in the fourth quarter with a bunch of runs. So long as Cook is a participant in training camp, he should be given the benefit of the doubt as a No. 1 Fantasy rusher, taken anywhere from 12th to 22nd overall in every league
Cook (knee) will not dress for the Vikings' exhibition matchup with the Jaguars on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Cook will go through warmups with the team, but the Vikings simply do not want to rush him back onto the field just yet. By all accounts he has looked great at practices in return from knee reconstruction and is on track to play Week 1. The main question out of the gate will be how the team manages touches between him and Latavius Murray, who filled in after Cook went down last season. Cook figures to be the workhorse in the long term, but touches could be more evenly split early on as he works his way back into the swing of things.
Though Cook (knee) doesn't know if he'll play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars, he noted that he'll be ready for Week 1 even if he doesn't see any exhibition action, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "My knee is ready to go," Cook relayed Thursday. "I'm ready to play.'" Given that Cook is bouncing back from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 4 last season, it's not surprising that he's being managed carefully in advance of Week 1. Barring any setbacks, though, Cook is in line to be a go when the Vikings take on the 49ers on Sept. 9. At that time, the main question will be just how much work the promising second-year back is destined to see out of the gate. If his touches are scaled back at all early on, Latavius Murray -- who led the way in filling in for Cook last year after his injury -- remains available to lend a hand.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't know if Cook (knee) will play in Saturday's preseason game against Jacksonville, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Despite making it back for parts of the offseason program and the start of training camp, Cook is being managed carefully leading up to Week 1. Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune relays that he doesn't expect the running back to play in Saturday's exhibition, and Cook has already acknowledged that he isn't sure if the Vikings will let him play at any point this preseason. The second-year back still seems to be on track for Minnesota's regular-season opener against the 49ers on Sept. 9, at which point he'll be more than 11 months removed from the ACL tear he suffered last year.
Cook (knee) went through a scripted pre-game workout but will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Broncos, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. There was speculation that Cook could play Saturday in what would mark the running back's first live snaps since he tore his ACL in Week 4 of last year. However, it looks like Cook will now have to wait another week. The Vikings' second preseason game is next Saturday against the Jaguars.
Cook (knee) may play in Saturday's preseason game at Denver, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Previously, it was the running back himself that was "hopeful" of a preseason appearance, which was substantiated by coach Mike Zimmer, per Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Now, it appears Cook has a real shot to suit up a little more than 10 months removed from a torn left ACL. Even so, Cook is unlikely to see more than a series or two per game until the regular season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|2||09/16||@Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||74||354||2||11||90||0||54|