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RB Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings

5-10, 210Born: 8-10-1995College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Cook still ran well and was this close to a score against the Steelers only to be vultured by the fullback, CJ Ham, but Sam Bradford's knee issue is a material hit to his value. Consider Cook a lower ceiling RB2 for as long as it takes Bradford to work through this. He has a rough matchup this week against Tampa.

Week 3: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Dalvin Cook after a very solid week one and while it may appear that he regressed in week two, he still had 5.3 yards per carry in this game which was highlighted by a 25 yard run against the Steelers defense. What is even more impressive from Cook is that his starting quarterback was out, and the interior offensive line continues to struggle as rookie center Pat Elflein and left guard Nick Easton both have struggled so far this season. The Buccaneers last season were susceptible to the run as they were 22nd in terms of rush defense in 2016 allowing 117.2 yards per game. This year, the Buccaneers have only played one game, but they looked extremely strong shutting down the Bears rushing attack holding them to just 20 yards total on the ground. The Buccaneers have a very strong front seven led by Gerald McCoy and if they can put it together could be one of the top units in football for this season led by the improvement of Lavonte David as the team noted that he is much faster and more decisive this season compared to last. Kwon Alexander left the game with a hamstring injury and remains questionable for this game. If Alexander was unable to go, third round rookie Kendell Beckwith who was terrific in his rookie debut would expect to take a larger role as he did in the season opener.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NO 51 22 127 0 5 3 10 0 0 13.7
2 at PIT 37 12 64 0 3 2 0 0 0 6.4
3 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs PIT (12 / 64 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rookie running back was unable to match his success from last week but that was mostly due to the Steelers stacking the box and not respecting the pass. Cook was largely contained all day aside from his 25-yard gallop in the third quarter. Cooks took the handoff from Keenum on a play designed to go right up the middle but quickly cut outside and dashed towards the end zone. The play was initially called a touchdown but after review, the runner was ruled down at the one-yard line. Cook's touchdown was vulture by CJ Ham on the next play. It was tough running all day for Cook who is going to need a little more help from the passing game to get some of the defenders out of the box.

2017 Week 1 vs NO (22 / 127 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

In a night where the Vikings hosted their all-time leading rusher, Dalvin Cook stole the show. The rookie running back broke Adrian Peterson's rookie debut rushing record and was able to find room to run all night. One of the best things Cook did all night was show his development in pass protection as well. He picked up every blitz that came his way and cemented himself as the lead back in the Minnesota offense. The only knock came on an early drop in the passing game that was almost intercepted had it not been for two Saints defenders running into each other. Cook's best run came on a 33-yard scamper that he broke to the outside and took down the sideline. Cook did not play a huge role in the passing game, but was not needed with the show that Diggs and Thielen were putting on.

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Latest News

NFL | Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt living off big plays (Tue Sep 19, 08:31 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook and Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt lead the NFL with six big-play rushes - defined as runs that cover more than 10 yards - through two games.

Our View: Fantasy owners who took a chance on the rookie duo are getting a lot of rewards in return. Both backs have big play ability, and their respective teams are being creative in the ways they're used on a weekly basis. Cook and Hunt have RB1 upside every week no matter the opponent.
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Vikings | Dalvin Cook has decent outing (Sun Sep 17, 05:29 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 64 yards on 12 carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.

Our View: Cook was still explosive but didn't get much in the passing game with Case Keenum. The whole Vikings offense has taken a huge step back without Sam Bradford.
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Saints | Alex Anzalone fined (Sat Sep 16, 10:57 AM) - New Orleans Saints LB Alex Anzalone was fined $24,309 by the National Football League for a hit on RB Dalvin Cook in Week 1's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Cook had dropped a screen pass and Anzalone had tripped over a block right before the hit but ended up making contact while trying to regain his balance.

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Vikings | Dalvin Cook's role will continue (Thu Sep 14, 01:51 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will keep being used as a workhorse running back, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Cook received 25 touches in the Vikings' Week 1 win.

Our View: We were concerned that, after the mishmosh of last year, the Vikings might have forgotten how to use a bellcow back, but clearly Cook is a guy they know what to do with. The Steelers are a tougher test for him, but we loved what we saw from him last week and think he'll be able to have some success even in this game. Consider him a rock-solid RB2 this week despite the matchup.
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Vikings | Dalvin Cook tops 100-yard plateau in debut (Tue Sep 12, 01:06 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook shined in his NFL debut Monday, Sept. 11, against the New Orleans Saints, recording 127 rushing yards on 22 carries. He added 10 receiving yards on three receptions.

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Schedule

3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Chicago Bears
6vs Green Bay Packers
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Los Angeles Rams
12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears