RB Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings
|5-10, 210||Born: 8-10-1995||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
Week 7: at Detroit Lions
FBG says: Great matchup. The Vikings rushing offense finally had a game in which they struggled as Dalvin Cook was bottled up for most of the game against the vaunted Eagles run defense. The Vikings last week used both Cook and Alexander Mattison to run for a combined 30 times in a nearly 50/50 split, but there is no need for concern for Dalvin Cook as this game was out of hand for a majority of the second half. Cook remains one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL as while there are running backs who are faster than Cook who ran a 4.50 40 yard dash, not many have the acceleration that he has in which he can get quickly up to his top-end speed. In years past, the offensive line has been a concern for the Vikings and while it is not great by any means (ranked 23rd by Matt Bitonti), this is a unit that has built itself for its running style which is off-tackle behind Riley Reiff and second-year right tackle Brian O'Neill who has been a bright spot on this line. Up the middle, rookie Garrett Bradbury has struggled as he was dominated for most of the game by Fletcher Cox last week. The Lions rushing defense is a unit that if you can get past their defensive line, you can have significant success against this team. The Lions have one of if not the worst linebacking groups in the NFL led by Jarrad Davis, Christian Jones, and Tavon Wilson all of which have struggled so far this season. The Packers ran all over this unit last week rushing for 151 yards on 25 carries which brought the Lions season yards-per-carry number to 5.1 which is fifth-worst in the NFL. This is a unit that has not been tested as they have not faced a team that is in the top-10 in rushing yards per game and only one team that is in the top-half of rushing yards per game in Arizona in a game that they allowed 82 yards to David Johnson. Minnesota is far and away the best rushing attack that Detroit has faced this season and could make for a very long day for this defense.
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
2019 Week 6 vs PHI (16 / 41 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Cook showed that he was human this week and had what most would consider a down game. He averaged just 2.6 yards per carry and broke a single run for a long of 14 yards. He caught both of his targets in the passing game but had just 13 yards to show for it. The big play came when he took the ball off the left side for a 1-yard touchdown run. He cut to the outside and went off tackle for the touchdown without being touched by a defender. Cook has been the work horse for the Vikings so far this season, but Mattison has shown that he can handle more work and give Cook a break when needed. Cook had 18 touches to 14 for Mattison this week. Do not expect the split to be that close going forward, but Cook is going to be scaled back a bit as the offense starts to balance out.
2019 Week 5 vs NYG (21 / 132 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec)
It is easy to overlook some mistakes when you account for more than 200 yards of total offense and one of your fumbles results in a safety and then a field goal on the ensuing drive. Cook has been a force all season long and took full advantage of playing a defense that was not the Bears this week. He benefitted from a quarterback that was pushing the ball down the field and the Giants were unable to stack the box to try and stop him. Cook had a long 41-yard run to setup an Adam Thielen touchdown and was the longest play on the ground for either team. He did not find the end zone this week and fumbled away his best chance just before half time. Cook ripped off a 19-yard run off the edge but was chased down by Jabrill Peppers and had the ball punched out. Adam Thielen narrowly missed recovering the fumble on the 1-yard line before the Giants got it. Cook would most likely have gotten the ensuing carry and would have had a chance for an easy touchdown. Cook chipped in 6 catches on 6 targets and was the second leading receiver for the team this week. He had a long 24-yard catch and run on a wheel route and acted as a safety valve for Cousins this week.
2019 Week 4 vs CHI (14 / 35 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 35 / 0 rec)
Cook fell a single yard behind Christian McCaffrey for the league lead in rushing yards after the Vikings brutal offensive performance against the Bears this week. The offensive line could not block their way out of a paper bag this week and there were no holes for Cook to run through. His longest run of the night went for 9 yards and he could not find the same success of the edge that he has all season. Cook finally broke through in the 4th quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run but it was too little too late for an offense that missed the 2-point conversion and then turned the ball over on downs the next drive. Cook caught 6 of his 8 targets out of the back field with his longest going for 13 yards. He ended with 70 total yards on the day against a Bears defense that was missing 2 of its starters. Cook is going to see an extra man in the box going forward until Cousins can show that he can throw the ball over the top. It has been a great start for Cook but things are going to get much tougher in the coming weeks.
2019 Week 3 vs OAK (16 / 110 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Another week and another 100-yard game for the leading rusher in the NFL. Cook has been on an absolute tear to start the season and the Vikings even reined him in this week in an effort to keep him fresh down the stretch. Cook had 16 carries while Mattison had 12. He still managed to surpass 100 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry. Cook had a long run of 25 yards off tackle and down the sideline and had his own 1-yard touchdown run up the middle. He saw a touchdown sniped from him when Thielen took the ball 1-yard on a jet sweep, but it did not seem to matter who ran the ball for the Vikings this week as they almost all found the end zone. Cook also caught 4 of his 5 targets and had a long 18-yard catch for a first down to help burn some clock. This is the first time the Vikings have eased off Cook in favor of Mattison but Cook also has a long history of injury and should get the rest when he can. Cook has a tough matchup next week against a stout Bears rush defense but seems confident as no one has been able to slow him down yet this season.
2019 Week 2 vs GB (20 / 154 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
There is only so much a single player can do for a team each week. Cook currently leads the NFL in rushing yards and looks fully healthy for the first time in his NFL career. He has been rewarded by terrible quarterback play and the Vikings currently sit at 1-1 on the season. Cook had nearly 200 all purpose yards this week, including a 75-yard touchdown run when the Vikings were down 21-0. Cook burst off the right tackle and sprinted all the way to the end zone for a play that should have energized the entire offense. Unfortunately, the next 3 drives for the Vikings went punt, punt, and interception. Cook chipped in 3 catches on 3 targets and did everything he could in the 4th quarter to give Cousins a chance to take the lead. The one lapse for Cook was an offensive pass interference call that came on a 3-yard Diggs touchdown catch. The play was challenged, reviewed, and the offensive pass interference call was added after the original play was called a touchdown. Cook averaged 7.7 yards per carry on 20 touches and is not threatened by Mattison behind him at all. With the struggles of Cousins under center, look for the Vikings to run the ball early and often next week against the Raiders.
2019 Week 1 vs ATL (21 / 111 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Vikings fans have been waiting for Cook to be healthy since he was drafted in 2017. It looks like they may have finally gotten their wish as Cook torched the Falcons on the ground and looked to be every bit of the back he was with Florida State. Cook showed speed, power, and vision as he carried the Vikings to their first win in 2019. Cooks first touchdown came on a 19-yard burst off the left side. He outran the defensive end to the corner and then followed the lead block of Thielen into the end zone for an easy touchdown. Cook showed a quick burst of speed and proved that his knee is finally healthy. His second touchdown was a 7-yard power run right up the middle. Cook and a host of Viking linemen pushed the pile the last 4 yards into the end zone. Cook had a 23-yard run off the right side for the longest play on the ground for either team. The Vikings exploited the speed of Cook and his ability to get the edge on several plays and helped amass his first 100-yard game of the season. Cook was the work horse this week and the Vikings do not appear to be limiting his reps to try and keep him healthy in the early going.
Latest NewsVikings | Dalvin Cook picks up rushing TD (Sun Oct 13, 06:07 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 41 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6. He also caught two passes for 13 yards during the game. Our View: Cook was contained and less effective Vikings running back on the day but he got the touchdown and salvaged a reasonable floor game against one of the best run defenses in the league. He'll face the Lions next week in a big divisional showdown.
link to story Vikings | Dalvin Cook has monster game in Week 5 (Sun Oct 6, 05:28 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 132 yards on 21 carries against the New York Giants in Week 5. He also caught six passes for 86 yards during the game. Our View: Cook was a big presence in the passing game and lethal as always in the running game as the Vikings led the whole way. He faces a tough Eagles run defense next week but is unbenchable.
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