RB Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings
|5-10, 210||Born: 8-10-1995||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Cook left in overtime with a hamstring injury and might miss a choice matchup with the Bills or more.
General News (Wed Sep 19): did not practice on Wednesday. Cook told reporters he was "day-to-day."
General News (Mon Sep 17): said he's fine, and the hamstring injury was just fatigue from the heat.
Week 3: vs Buffalo Bills
FBG says: Great matchup. Dalvin Cook's hamstring appears fine - cramping was the likely culprit. But it's a bit concerning that he's opened the year averaging just 3.00 yards per carry. It doesn't help that the Vikings line has been a mess of moving parts since camp, with new starters virtually each week. Center Pat Elflein remains out, and Brett Jones is a bit of a downgrade on interior runs. Simply put, Cook isn't exploding into the second level the way he did as a rookie when his mark was 4.78 over 4 games. Patience is to be exercised, of course, as he works his way back into game shape just 11 months after an ACL tear. Latavius Murray, his caddy, is running with purpose and decisiveness, but managing a ho-hum 4.07 himself. The Buffalo running game continues to look pitifully weak. No team has allowed more ground touchdowns since the start of last season, and over their last 12 games, they've allowed 12 opposing runners to record 74 yards or more. And last week's 20-yard touchdown run by Melvin Gordon was a microcosm of their many problems. The line is fairly stout, but the linebackers over-pursue and the safeties often find themselves way out of position. Athletic runners like Gordon and Austin Ekeler (77 yards on 11 carries last week) tend to have easy times getting into space and pushing those second and third levels. This may be the matchup the doctor ordered for Dalvin Cook as he works back into game shape.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Dalvin Cook's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 2 vs GB (10 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
The Vikings were playing from behind for a good portion of this game and they never truly committed to the run. As a team, they ran the ball fewer than 20 times and never got any sort of rhythm going. Cook had more than double the carries of anyone else but only managed 3.8 yards per carry. He had a single 9-yard rush but was never able to break through into the second level. He did continue to show his ability to catch the ball out of the back field and ripped off a 24-yard catch and run, but he has to get things going on the ground. Cook has been running behind a patch work offensive line but has the ability to create plays on his own. There was one scary moment where he went down after a short run and the trainers came out to take a look. It appeared to only be a cramp and he was able to return to the game later, but it is a situation like this that may keep him on a pitch count early in the season. Cook will face a Bills defense that has been very giving to opposing running backs early in the season and should have the chance to get back on track.
2018 Week 1 vs SF (16 / 40 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
The big question coming into the week was whether Cook was going to be on a snap restriction. If he was, this plan went out the window on the first drive as he touched the ball on 6 of the first 9 plays of the game. The drive resulted in a punt, but it showed that the Vikings were committed to their second year back. Cook did not find much success on the ground behind a patched together offensive line but did show his threat of catching the ball out of the backfield hauling in 6 of his 7 targets. In a single game, Cook is already more than half way to his receiving totals from a year ago. On the ground, Cook could not find any room to run up the middle but did manage a 15-yard scamper off the right side for a first down. Cook also fumbled on this run and gave way to Latavius Murray for a few snaps before coming back into the game. His biggest contribution was a 17-yard catch and run swing pass out of the back field for another first down. The Vikings did spell him late in the game after an earlier fumble cost the team points, but it was only temporary as Cook still saw meaningful carries at the end of the game.
Latest NewsVikings | Dalvin Cook absent Wednesday (Wed Sep 19, 04:44 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. link to story Vikings | Dalvin Cook OK (Mon Sep 17, 09:31 AM) - Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) said he's fine, and the hamstring injury was just fatigue from the heat. Our View: Monitor Cook during the week of practice. This sounds like a minor injury but if you have the bench space then adding Latavius Murray might be a precautionary move. The Vikings get to face the hapless Bills in Week 3....meaning Cook could have a monster game if he's healthy.
link to story Vikings | Dalvin Cook pulls up lame in OT (Sun Sep 16, 07:20 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in overtime of the Week 2 game with the Green Bay Packers. He ran 10 times for 38 yards while adding three grabs for 52 yards before departing. Our View: Cook looked better as a receiver then as a runner behind the piecemeal Vikings offensive line. He's probably going to be on the doubtful side next week in a great matchup against Buffalo.
link to story Vikings | Dalvin Cook sees high snap count (Mon Sep 10, 08:13 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook was utilized on 57 snaps (80 percent of the offense) Sunday, Sept. 9, in Week 1. link to story Vikings | Dalvin Cook mediocre in Week 1 win (Sun Sep 9, 05:54 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Dalvin Cook rushed 16 times for just 40 yards in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers and he added six catches for 55 yards on seven targets. Our View: Cook got a heavy workload early, but was much more successful as a receiver. The Vikings offensive line wasn't that effective at opening holes, but Cook looked like the player he was pre-injury in the win. He'll be a solid PPR RB1 against Green Bay next week.
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