Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been told that he can't make his shoulder injury worse by playing through it. It's a pain tolerance issue, and Cook reiterated that he'll play against the Lions this weekend. There's still elevated risk here, especially in a game Minnesota should control easily. But an active Cook would be impossible to bench in fantasy.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook aggravated an SC joint injury in his right shoulder in Monday night's loss to the Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The original injury occurred in the Week 11 game against the Broncos. Minnesota had a Week 12 bye and then listed Cook on this week's injury report with a chest issue. Cook told Pelissero after Monday night's game that his absence in the 2nd half was "precautionary" and that he'll be "good to go" for Week 14's game against the Lions. Former head team Dr. David Chao writes that the injury doesn't require surgery but Cook's "ability to play and be effective will be a matter of pain tolerance." We'll obviously keep a close eye on him throughout this week. RB Alexander Mattison needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues. He'll be an easy fantasy starter if Cook misses more time.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook suffered a right shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game in Seattle. He appeared to be in serious pain on the field before heading off to the locker room with trainers. He's officially questionable to return. We'll update Cook's status when we learn more. His absence would turn RB Alexander Mattison into a strong fantasy starter.
The Vikings added Boise State RB Alexander Mattison in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5’11, 218-pounder racked up 2,501 yards and 29 TDs on 514 carries (4.9 YPC) over the past 2 seasons. He added 55 catches for 457 yards and another score. Mattison is a powerful runner who ranked 16th in this year’s RB class in missed tackles forced per attempt, according to Pro Football Focus. He registered a solid 63rd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Mattison has a good shot to immediately step in as Minnesota’s #2 RB behind Dalvin Cook, who’s had trouble staying healthy.