Dalvin Cook Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Dalvin Cook Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

The Vikings have promoted Klint Kubiak to OC. He's the son of Gary Kubiak, who just retired after spending the past 2 seasons in Minnesota. Klint has no NFL play-calling experience. We suspect his job will be to keep as much of his father's offense in place as possible.

The Vikings will be replacing their OC for the 2nd straight offseason. Gary Kubiak on Thursday announced his retirement (for the 2nd time in his coaching career). That comes roughly a year after Minnesota lost OC Kevin Stefanski to the Cleveland HC gig. ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that the team is considering promoting from within to replace Kubiak, who was on the staff prior to filling Stefanski's vacancy. An in-house promotion would seem to favor the team continuing to lean run, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Kubiak's son, Klint, has emerged as a favorite. Klint Kubiak spent the past 2 seasons as Minnesota's QBs coach. We'll see who the Vikings settle on.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook went home to Miami to attend to a family situation and won't be able to play vs. the Lions this weekend due to COVID protocols, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin. We'll see if RB Alexander Mattison clears the concussion protocol in time for that one. If not, Minnesota would be down to RBs Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone. Abdullah has played ahead of Boone the last 3 games Mattison missed.

The Vikings have downgraded RB Alexander Mattison to out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of an illness. That elevates Ameer Abdullah to the #2 RB spot for the game -- according to the team's "unofficial" depth chart. That probably doesn't mean a lot of work for Abdullah (or Mike Boone). Perhaps losing Mattison keeps more touches on Dalvin Cook's plate. Ultimately, we wouldn't alter fantasy-lineup plans on this news.

Update: Mattison had an appendicitis and underwent successful surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Mattison might end up missing more than just this week's game.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) isn't listed on the final Week 13 injury report. He was limited in practice this week, and there's a chance Minnesota scales back his workload a bit in Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That might be a reason to not pay up for him in DFS, but Cook remains an obvious must-start in season-long fantasy leagues.

6:12am EST 12/2/20

Vikings OC Gary Kubiak admitted Tuesday that RB Dalvin Cook is "beat up" right now. "He’s been hit pretty hard the last couple of weeks taking some poundings," Kubiak added. "It’s at that point of the season so we’ve got to get him freshened up this week and get him back to being himself." Cook briefly exited last week's game with an ankle injury but was able to return. We're not aware of any other specific injuries, although we're sure he's feeling it after averaged 25.4 carries and 3.4 catches per game over the last 5 weeks. We'll keep an eye on Cook this week, but expect him to get another 20+ touches vs. the Jaguars on Sunday.

11:11am EST 11/1/20

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is active for today’s game against the Packers. He’s expected to play his usual workhorse role and is a must-start in fantasy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is expected to play against the Packers today. Cook practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. And OC Gary Kubiak said that he doesn't expect to have Cook on a "pitch count." He's a must-start today.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He practiced all week, though, including a full workout on Friday. All signs point to Cook returning for this one; OC Gary Kubiak even said Thursday that he doesn’t expect Cook to be on a “pitch count.” We’ll get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) has been limited in practice so far this week. But OC Gary Kubiak said Thursday that Cook's performance has indicated that he won't need to be on a "pitch count" vs. the Packers this weekend. So it's all systems go for Cook against the league's 29th-ranked RB defense.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) will practice on Wednesday and is on track to return for this weekend's game against the Packers, per HC Mike Zimmer. "Yeah, I assume he'll be ready. We haven't practiced yet today, but today will be a good test for us," Zimmer said. We'll monitor Cook's status throughout the week, but he'll be a must-start if he's active on Sunday. The Packers rank 29th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero hears that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is expected back for Week 8, following Minnesota's bye next week. Pelissero adds that it's "not a major injury" and that the team just wants to get Cook back to 100%. We'll track his practice participation when the Vikings return from their bye.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. He reportedly has a shot to be back after Minnesota’s Week 7 bye. RB Alexander Mattison out-carried RB Mike Boone 17 to 2 after Cook exited last week’s game and should play a workhorse role on Sunday.

The Athletic's Chad Graff hears that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is not expected to play against the Falcons this weekend. Minnesota has a Week 7 bye and "then will re-evaluate if Cook is ready to return after that." That makes it sound like Cook isn't a lock to play Week 8. You should definitely plan on being without him this weekend. RB Alexander Mattison should operate as the Vikings' feature back in a juicy matchup vs. Atlanta.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said the MRI on RB Dalvin Cook's groin "went pretty well." Zimmer added that they'll "see how he does this week" before deciding on his status for Sunday's game against the Falcons. It's worth noting that Minnesota has a Week 7 bye, so they could get Cook 2 full weeks of rest if they hold him out this week. Backup RB Alexander Mattison should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.

10:10pm EDT 10/11/20

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook left Sunday night's game at Seattle early in the 3rd quarter with an apparent groin injury. Cook sustained the injury on a reception, went straight to the sideline and then moved quickly on to the locker room. We'll await updates on his status. Alexander Mattison takes over the backfield in Cook's place.

Update: Cook is officially questionable to return.

Further update: Cook returned midway through the 3rd quarter.

The Vikings and RB Dalvin Cook have agreed to a 5-year, $63 million extension, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The deal comes in short of the one signed by Saints RB Alvin Kamara -- but Cook is still now the 6th highest-paid RB in average annual salary. He should remain the focal point of Minnesota's offense in 2020.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook reported to training camp on Tuesday. This was the most likely scenario all along because the new CBA makes it very costly to hold out of training camp. Cook is still looking for a new contract, so we'll see if there are any further issues down the road. But for now, he's worth picking in the middle of the 1st round of fantasy drafts.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook told his position coach that he'll report for the start of training camp, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Cook's agent has since denied that report. "Dalvin has never mentioned to him anything in regards to reporting to camp," Zac Hiller said. "I’m not sure where the miscommunication is. I hope Dalvin plays a major role in the Vikings future success.” Cook is looking for a new contract and started his holdout back in June. The new CBA makes it costly for players to sit out training camp, though. We'll have a better idea of Cook's intentions when Vikings camp officially opens on Tuesday.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will not take part in any team-related activities without a new contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "He's out," a source told Schefter. "Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond." Cook is set to make $1.3 million in 2020, the final year of his rookie deal. He reportedly wants to match or exceed the $13 million per year David Johnson is making. Johnson is currently the 4th-highest-paid RB in the NFL, behind Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Le'Veon Bell. We're still more than 3 months from the start of the 2020 campaign, so Cook and the Vikings have plenty of time to come to an agreement. We're not adjusting Cook's baseline projections now -- but we did lower his floor projection on your MVP Board to account for the elevated risk. If Cook does end up sitting out games, Alexander Mattison would likely step in as Minnesota's lead back. RB Mike Boone would also figure to take on a bigger role.


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