College: Florida State | 3 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 210 lbs
Birth Date: 8/10/1995
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
Cook had another injury-plagued season but was able to play 11 of 16 games. He had 920 total yards and four touchdowns for the season. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Cook had just one 100-yard rushing game but four games with 100-plus total yards. He made plays when on the field and playing. Cook will be the feature back for the Vikings once again this year and serve a big role in the offense. Cook does a good job of setting his blocks and makes plays in the open field. He has game-changing speed at the running back spot. Cook is an improving inside runner but could still use a little work between the tackles. He catches the ball well and is a solid overall three-down back. Injuries are a concern for him after playing 15 games in two seasons.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Cook is an injury risk but has huge upside if he can play a full season. If you grab him, get some good backs to back him up. But if he can play a full year, Cook can be a solid No. 1 fantasy back. Cook can get around 1,600 total yards, double-digit scores and 60 receptions.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is a highly talented running back, but injury concerns greatly affect his fantasy value this draft season. Cook is yet to finish an NFL season without injury. However, there is no denying that Cook is talented when he is on the field. A positive step for Cook is that let Latavius Murray leave the team, in doing so they picked up Alexander Mattison in the third round of the draft. That suggests that the team are happy to give the rule of the backfield to Cook. One big plus point for Cook this offseason is that the Vikings addressed one of the largest weaknesses that the team had- their offensive line. The Vikings added three offensive linemen this offseason (including a first-round selection) as well as adding Josh Kline in free agency. If Cook is able to play the majority of the season there is no reason why he couldn't surpass 1,500 scrimmage yards this season. Cook may find that his opportunity to catch passing touchdowns may be limited with receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen likely to get the majority of the opportunity in the air from Kirk Cousins. However, Cook should get the lions to share of the rushing touchdowns for the team. If the offensive line takes the step forward that is expected, and Cook stays on the field, then he should be a great RB2 option for fantasy owners.
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Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed 11 times for 26 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos. He also had five grabs for 31 yards on six targets.
Fantasy Spin: Cook has been putting up RB1 numbers for most of the season, but his line was pretty dismal outside of the rushing score. Still, he remains a fantasy must-start in most leagues heading into Week 13. However, you'll need to make alternate plans in Week 12 with a bye.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carried 11 times for 26 yards (2.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos. He tacked on five catches for 31 yards in the 27-23 comeback win, but he was just not that involved in the offense as his 16 touches were the lowest he's had all season. His three-yard rushing touchdown was his 11th of the year and it saved what was an otherwise nondescript fantasy day for the third-year back. Look for Cook to rebound in a big way against the Seattle Seahawks and their below-average run defense in Week 13 after the bye.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will look to keep his incredible season going with a road matchup against the Denver Broncos on tap for Week 11. Cook had 33 touches in Week 10 and totaled 183 yards, seven catches, and a rushing touchdown against a tough Dallas Cowboys Defense. He has seen a significant uptick in his passing-game involvement in the absence of Adam Thielen (hamstring) as he is averaging 6.66 targets per game over his last three contests. The Broncos Defense has not been forgiving to running backs - they have only allowed just one rushing touchdown in their last six games and Leonard Fournette has been the only back to really explode against them. That being said, Cook has proven to be about as matchup-proof as they come. Thielen has already been ruled out, so fire up Cook as a volume-based, high-upside RB1 despite the difficult matchup.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has delivered recorded at least 100 total yards of offense in eight of the 10 games this season.
Fantasy Spin: Next to Christian McCaffrey, Cook is probably the safest bet to deliver RB1 production on a weekly basis. Expect more of the same when he faces the Denver Broncos in Week 11.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was solid during the narrow win over the Cowboys on Sunday, finishing with 26 carries for 97 yards and a score. Cook also contributed as a receiver, leading the team with seven receptions for 86 yards on a night where Adam Thielen (hamstring) sat. He remains in the conversation as the most efficient fantasy running back on the year and currently leads all rushers in yards this season, while also trailing Christian McCaffrey by one for most rushing touchdowns in the league with nine. Look for the dominance to continue --as long as he remains healthy --with his next chance to brutalize coming in Week 11 against Denver.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ran 26 times for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 10. Cook also caught seven passes for 86 yards.
Fantasy Spin: It seemed like the Vikings watched Green Bay's Aaron Jones decimate Dallas as both a runner and receiver earlier this season and put Cook in the same spots to succeed. Cook looked much better than counterpart Ezekiel Elliott and is probably the No. 2 overall fantasy back at this point. He'll be relied upon once again next Sunday against a physical Broncos defense.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook had 116 scrimmage yards and four catches in Week 9, but it was a bit of a disappointing game given the extremely forgiving matchup. The Cowboys Defense await in Week 10, a unit that held Saquon Barkley to 28 rushing yards in Week 9 and hasn't given up a big game to a running back not named Aaron Jones all year. However, Cook has been an absolute force all season and it seems likely that the Vikings will feature him heavily with star wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) on the shelf. Thielen's absence actually enhances Cook's outlook as it increases his expected target share and potential red zone opportunities. Expect Cook to approach at least 20 touches once again and start him as top-tier RB1 in Week 10.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed 21 times for a mediocre 71 yards in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He added four catches for 45 yards on seven targets, too.
Fantasy Spin: It's amazing when 112 total scrimmage yards is considered average or disappointing, but that's how good Cook has been this season. He'll look to get back into the end zone in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carried 21 times for 71 yards in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He also caught 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards in what was a somewhat disappointing effort against a bottom-tier run defense. Sadly, third-stringer Ameer Abdullah stole a red-zone touchdown in the third quarter. Cook still had a productive fantasy day as he's proven to have a stable floor even in games where the Vikings to throw more than they'd like to. Keep Cook plugged in as your RB1 for Week 10's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, and the Chiefs have allowed the third-most rushing yards in the NFL this season.
Fantasy Spin: Cook currently leads the league with 823 rushing yards and 1,116 yards from scrimmage, and he could be headed to a monster performance against a vulnerable Kansas City defense.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been pretty close to unstoppable this season. The third-year back is rushing for 102.9 yards per game and leads the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns in what's shaping up to be a two-man race for the "Best Fantasy RB" title with Christian McCaffrey. He gets to face off with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, a team that is currently ranked 30th in rush defense DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) and has allowed the third-most rushing yards per game (145) and second-most rushing touchdowns (10) this season. This game projects to be a shootout and the Vikings will again lean on their breakout star running back, so keep plugging Cook in as your RB1 and expect big results in Week 9. He should also be highly considered in all daily formats.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed 23 times for 98 yards and a touchdown and caught five of his six passes for 73 yards in a 19-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Cook continues to thrive as an every-down back, and if Christian McCaffrey has been the best running back in 2019, Cook can't be far behind.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carried 23 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in Week 8's win over the Washington Redskins. He also had five catches for 73 receiving yards in what has been an incredible start to his 2019 campaign. With the short week of preparation and without their top wideout Adam Thielen (hamstring), the Vikings leaned on Cook (and Mattison) heavily in the victory. Cook's touchdown was his ninth on the year, which leads the league. Cook and Christian McCaffrey are in a two-man race for fantasy's most valuable back to this point in the season. Start Cook as an RB1 in a mouthwatering matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is leading the league with 725 rushing yards, a 5.5 yards per carry average, and eight rushing touchdowns. He's RB2 in half-ppr scoring (Christian McCaffrey). You're starting him without hesitation in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins, who are allowing 134.4 yards per game on the ground. Cook could easily finish as the top running back of the week with the Vikings favored by 16 points at home (and with McCaffrey facing the 49ers Defense). The Vikings still run at the second-highest rate in the NFL and could lean on Cook even more in the absence of stud receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring). Cook remains an RB1 and he should be a priority play in daily formats as well.
Minnesota's RB Dalvin Cook scored 27.90 fantasy points in Sunday's Week 7 win in Detroit. Cook ran for 142 yards and caught one pass for 7 yards with two touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed 25 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns and caught one of his two targets for seven yards in a 42-30 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: It was Cook's fifth 100-yard effort in the first seven games, and he is up to eight rushing scores. He's become a must-start RB1, and he should deliver another big line against the Washington Redskins in Week 8.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook tallied 25 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7's 42-30 win over the Detroit Lions. He also added one catch for seven yards. This was Cook's league-leading fifth 100-yard rushing game and he now has six touchdowns on the ground in what's becoming a breakout campaign for the third-year back out of Florida State. Cook has been absolutely dynamic all season and his ceiling is raised even higher with the form that Kirk Cousins and the play-action passing game is in. Cook is a surefire RB1 and will arguably be the top option at running back in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins.
Vikings' RB Dalvin Cook ran for 142 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns in Sunday's win in Detroit.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is in line for a monster game in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. The Lions Defense has already given up seven rushing touchdowns and are allowing 5.1 yards per carry and 133.8 rushing yards per game. They've also allowed a running back to score at least 20 PPR points in 4-of-5 weeks. Cook only received 18 touches in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles and still had a useful fantasy day (54 yards and a touchdown) despite the brutal matchup. Expect his touches to return to the 20-25 range as the Vikings will again look to feature him in their run-heavy attack. Start Cook as a top-tier RB1 option with tremendous upside and consider using him in all daily formats as well.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carried 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown in a Week 6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Cook also caught both of his targets for 13 receiving yards. The Vikings opted to win this game through the air and it worked, though Cook's fantasy owners would've liked to see him a little more involved in the passing game. Cook remains an elite RB1 play moving forward and should be started with confidence against the Detroit Lions in Week 7.