Player Outlook
Cook has finished as a top-12 Fantasy runner on a PPR per-game basis in each of his past three seasons with two top-three finishes. That sets the expectations nicely for Cook, who might make you nervous since he's a 27-year-old running back, but a change in offensive philosophy could lead to a spectacular year. New head coach Kevin O'Connell wants to use Cook's receiving skill-set more than past coaches while still keeping the veteran as his top rusher. It should set up Cook for another big finish, particularly since O'Connell has been indoctrinated in a Rams offense that preferred to feature one running back. Best of all, Cook won't be a consensus top-five pick, meaning you can still get him in the middle of Round 1 in some leagues. Pairing him with veteran backup Alexander Mattison (Round 10) is a winning plan.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 1159 4.65 6 2 34 224 17113.2
2020 1557 4.99 16 3 44 361 1 29320.9
3y Avg. 1284 4.76 12 2 44 368 0 23416.7
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Fantasy News

  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: No issues with minor hand injury

    Cook (hand) practiced Wednesday, Arif Hasan of The Athletic reports. Cook was removed from Tuesday's practice but won't miss any additional time. Alexander Mattison also practiced Wednesday after hurting his hand earlier in the week, while tight end Irv Smith recently had thumb surgery. Cook is locked in as a must-start option whenever healthy, with the downside being that he's missed multiple games every season and is especially at risk for injuries to the right shoulder that he's torn and/or dislocated multiple times.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Exits with hand injury

    Cook left Tuesday's practice with what appeared to be a hand injury, returned for one snap and then sat out the rest of practice, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The injury appears minor but it's worth monitoring during training camp. Cook's usage in training camp is also worth watching, as he could be used more as a receiver and less as a workhorse rusher in new head coach Kevin O'Connell's offense. Either way, Cook still will be a focal point, perhaps trading some carries for targets and likely experiencing positive TD regression after scoring only six with 1,383 yards from scrimmage last year.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Ready for more targets?

    Cook could see more targets under new head coach Kevin O'Connell, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports. Cook doesn't exactly have reliable hands -- he's dropped 20 passes over the past four seasons -- but he knows where to be and is one of the toughest players to tackle in the league. He's thus been able to post strong receiving efficiency numbers by RB standards (career 8.2 YPR, 6.5 YPT, 78.8 percent catch rate) in addition to his excellent work on the ground (4.5 YPC or better every season). O'Connell's background with the Rams has many predicting that the Vikings will throw more passes this season, especially after WR Justin Jefferson told reporters the offense isn't run-first anymore. Cook still will be a focal point, of course, perhaps trading some carries for targets and likely experiencing positive TD regression after scoring only six from 1,383 yards from scrimmage last year. The biggest question, per usual, is how many games he'll play, as he's missed multiple contests every season and has suited up for only 69 percent of the Vikings' regular-season games since they drafted him in 2017. From a per-game standpoint, he looks solid as an RB1.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Light workload in finale

    Cook rushed the ball 14 times for 79 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears. He added one reception for three yards. Cook bounced back from a dismal Week 17 performance to put up a passable line to close the season. He ripped off a gain of 25 yards early in the third quarter to account for nearly one-third of his total yardage, but he was held to single-digit gains otherwise. Despite ultimately winning by a comfortable margin, the Vikings played from behind for the first three quarters, limiting Cook to under 20 carries for the second consecutive game. Between time on the reserve/COVID-19 list as well as a shoulder injury, Cook was able to suit up in only 13 contests this season. Even so, he posted 1,159 rushing yards and 224 yards as a receiver while finding the end zone six times.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Struggles mightily in return

    Cook (illness) had six carries for 13 yards and three receptions for no gain in Sunday's 37-10 loss to Green Bay. Cook was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing Week 16, and he was the only Vikings tailback to receive any carries. Despite reclaiming his usual starting role, the star back was bottled up from start to finish in this one. This was the absolute worst time for Cook to turn in his worst fantasy performance of the season, as many managers likely needed more from him in the championship round. Cook and the Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention, but he should have a chance to rebound against the Bears next Sunday.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Puts in full practice Thursday

    Cook (illness) practiced fully Thursday. Following his activation from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Cook had his practice reps capped, likely due to a lack of conditioning considering he spent nearly one week away from team facilities. With his return to all activity Thursday, he's set for a Week 17 visit to Green Bay. When he previously faced the Packers back in Week 11, Cook compiled 115 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 25 touches.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Limited following activation

    Cook (illness) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday. When players are activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, they are often listed as limited participants as they get their legs under them following their respective bouts with the virus. The Vikings wouldn't have been able to activate Cook from the list earlier Wednesday if he was still symptomatic, so him being listed with an "illness" is more likely related to his conditioning rather than him being under the weather. Cook will have two more opportunities to get in a full session this week before the Vikings potentially clear him to play Sunday in Green Bay.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Clears protocol, rejoins team

    Cook (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and will be available for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Back with the Vikings after sitting out last week's 30-23 loss to the Rams, Cook should be on track to return to his lead role out of the backfield in Green Bay. Some players have seen reduced workloads in their first game back from bouts with COVID-19, but Cook's return to practice early in the week helps his odds of avoiding that outcome. He initially was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Dec 23.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Good chance to return Week 17

    Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that he hopes Cook (illness) clears league protocols and is activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game at Green Bay, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Cook tested positive for the virus last Thursday, and as an unvaccinated player he immediately entered into a 10-day quarantine. He missed a Week 16 loss to the Rams as a result, but if he follows the precedent set by backfield mate Alexander Mattison, who spent Dec. 13-22 on the COVID-19 list as an unvaccinated player, Cook should return to the active roster Saturday. Assuming he does so, Cook would face a Packers defense Sunday that allowed him to go for 115 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 25 touches back in Week 11.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Tests positive for COVID-19

    The Vikings placed Cook (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a positive test for the virus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Cook thus will embark on a 10-day quarantine as an unvaccinated player and won't be available for Sunday's pivotal matchup with the Rams and potentially even a Jan. 2 divisional game at Green Bay. As long as Cook is sidelined, Alexander Mattison will be the Vikings' lead running back, which translated to 89 touches for 448 yards from scrimmage and two total TDs in three prior spot starts this season.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Moves to COVID-19 list, out Week 16

    The Vikings placed Cook on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Though Minnesota hasn't revealed whether Cook tested positive for the virus, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the running back has been following the NFL's protocols for unvaccinated players this season. With that in mind, he'll have to complete a five-day quarantine if he was deemed a close contact of an infected person, or a 10-day quarantine if he tested positive for the virus. That means that Cook won't be available to play for at least Sunday's game against the Rams, and he could also be at risk of missing a Week 17 matchup with Green Bay on Jan. 2 if he tested positive. Minnesota returned Alexander Mattison from the reserve/COVID-list Wednesday after he previously sat out the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bears, so he'll likely be in line for a turn as Minnesota's lead back against the Rams.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Inefficient night in win

    Cook rushed 28 times for 89 yards and brought in two of three targets for two yards in the Vikings' 17-9 win over the Bears on Monday night. Cook had to work for every blade of grass Monday, with the 3.2 yards per carry he averaged qualifying as his lowest since the Week 1 overtime loss to the Bengals. The fifth-year back's night was exponentially more difficult than his 205-yard outburst against the Steelers in Week 14, but Cook helped churn out some key yards and kept the defense from keying even further on Kirk Cousins, who was still sacked four times and hit on seven occasions overall. Cook has cleared the 80-yard mark in five of the last six games heading into a critical Week 16 home date against the Rams.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Spectacular showing in return

    Cook (shoulder) rushed 27 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns and brought in one of three targets for 17 yards in the Vikings' 36-28 win over the Steelers on Thursday night. Cook set the tone for his prolific night with a 20-yard run on his first carry, and he went on to add 29- and seven-yard touchdown scampers before halftime. The fifth-year back looked completely unhampered by the shoulder injury that had caused his Week 13 absence, and his yardage tally was just a yard short of the career-best 206 he accumulated against the Lions back in Week 9 of last season. Cook will now have some extra days to rest and heal up further before a Week 15 NFC North clash against the Bears a week from Monday night.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Returning Thursday, as expected

    Cook (shoulder) is listed as active Thursday against the Steelers. Cook thus will miss just one game as a result of the dislocated left shoulder that he sustained during a Week 12 loss at San Francisco. He'll operate with a shoulder harness, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Cook wore such a device in the Vikings' wild-card win against the Saints in January 2020, when he went off for 130 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs on 31 touches. In any case, he'll push Alexander Mattison down the pecking order in the Vikings backfield, but the latter still may have a role in the offense.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Viewed as game-time call

    The Vikings are regarding Cook (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Steelers, as a game-time decision, Josina Anderson of USA Today reports. Anderson's report implies that Cook's availability is more up in the air for Week 14 after Tom Pelissero of NFL Network relayed earlier Thursday that the running back was "trending toward" making his return from a one-game absence due to a dislocated left shoulder. Ultimately, a decision on Cook's status will likely come down to how he fares in a pregame warmup, with feedback from both the running back and team doctors likely to weigh heavily into the matter. More reports regarding which direction Cook is trending could come in as the day progresses, but a final word on his status one way or the other won't arrive until Minnesota releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Looks likely to suit up Thursday

    Cook (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Steelers, is considered likely to play, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. When Cook first dislocated his left shoulder in a Nov. 28 loss to the 49ers, he appeared destined to miss two games, but he's apparently coming along better than expected in his recovery from the injury. After not practicing in any capacity Week 13 before sitting out the Vikings' loss to the Lions, Cook was listed as a limited participant on the team's Tuesday and Wednesday practice reports to take the questionable designation into the Week 14 matchup. According to Pelissero, Cook has gotten first-team reps the past two days and wants to give it a go Thursday, though he'll likely be wearing a harness or some sort of protection on his shoulder. If the medical staff clears Cook to play, he'll likely start as he normally does, though he could cede more work to No. 2 back Alexander Mattison than usual.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Turns in limited practice

    Cook (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant during Tuesday's practice. While the extent of Cook's activity in practice isn't fully known, the Vikings are listing him as a limited participant for the first time since he suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the team's Week 12 loss to the 49ers. Shortly after Cook was diagnosed with the injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that he was expected to remain out until the team's Week 15 game against the Bears, but the running back looks as though he may have a chance to make it back for this week's Thursday night matchup with the Steelers. Before the Vikings make a call on his status one way or the other, the team will wait and see if Cook is able to take a step forward in his practice activity Wednesday. Alexander Mattison would be in line for a high-volume role out of the Minnesota backfield for the second straight game if Cook is ultimately ruled out against Pittsburgh.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: No reps during walk-through

    Cook (shoulder) was estimated as a non-participant Monday in the Vikings' walk-through practice. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer hasn't been willing to put a timeline on Cook's return from the dislocated left shoulder he sustained in the Week 12 loss to the 49ers, with Zimmer merely labeling the running back as day-to-day. After sitting out the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Lions and having yet to get back on the practice field, Cook would seem to face an uphill battle to gain clearance for a Thursday matchup with the Steelers in Week 14. If that's the case, Alexander Mattison would be poised for a second straight turn as Minnesota's lead back.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Officially ruled out

    The Vikings have ruled Cook (shoulder) out for Sunday's game against the Lions. There was never much doubt Cook would sit out Week 13 after he didn't participate in practices Wednesday through Friday upon suffering a painful shoulder injury during the Vikings' Week 12 loss to San Francisco. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday that Cook was expected to miss two games before returning Week 15 in Chicago, and Josina Anderson of USA Today relayed Friday that timeline remains intact, even though the running back is "doing better" in his recovery. At this point, however, the Vikings haven't made anything official for Cook beyond ruling him out for this weekend's game in Detroit. Alexander Mattison should get all the snaps and touches he can handle in a friendly matchup this Sunday, backed by rookie speedster Kene Nwangwu and potentially practice-squadder A.J. Rose, who would need to be called up by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to play in Sunday's game.
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  • Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Idle for second straight practice

    Cook (shoulder) isn't present for Thursday's practice, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports. The Vikings haven't definitively ruled Cook out from playing Sunday in Detroit, but the running back looks to be trending toward his third absence of the season while he recovers from a dislocation of his left shoulder. The injury isn't related to the right shoulder injuries that have dogged Cook at various points of his career, but his latest setback on the health front puts him at major risk of missing at least two games, as the Vikings face a quick turnaround for Week 14 with a Thursday matchup with the Steelers. Assuming Cook is officially ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest, Alexander Mattison will step into a lead role out of the Minnesota backfield and should be a strong option in weekly leagues against Detroit's 29th-ranked run defense.
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