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Dalvin Cook


#2 Running Back

273 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 213
40 Time: 4.49

2021 Projections & Outlook


#2 Running Back

273 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
Not Available 297 1381 13 7 2 55 453 2

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What You Need to Know:

  • Cook has finished the past 2 seasons 2nd and 6th among PPR backs, despite losing 2 games to injury in each. That’s because he has ranked 2nd at the position in points per game each year.
  • Only Derrick Henry (115.1) has more rushing yards per game over the past 2 seasons than Cook (96.1). Just 2 other RBs have cracked 80: Nick Chubb (91.5) and Christian McCaffrey (84.8).
  • Cook also trails only Henry in rushing TDs over the past 2 years: 33-29. He’s 1 of just 7 backs with 20+ in that time.
  • Cook’s 5.16% TD rate for that span ranks 14th among all 93 RBs who have scored rushing TDs in the past 2 seasons. That leaves some room for regression in his TD total. But no RB tallied more carries inside the 5- or 10-yard line than Cook last season, according to Pro Football Reference. And no RB carried more inside the 10 in 2019.
  • He dominates ground work in all areas for an offense that has ranked 8th and 10th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA the past 2 years.
  • Even with the 2 missed games last season, only Henry beat Cook in rushing attempts. And only Henry and James Robinson beat Cook in carry share.
  • Minnesota remained 1 of the league’s most run-heavy teams, ranking 6th in run rate despite going 7-9. That followed the Vikings being the 2nd most run-heavy offense in 2019.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Cook dominates backfield work for 1 of the league’s more run-heavy teams, plays in an efficient offense and has performed well. There’s nothing to dislike here. He belongs near the top of Round 1 in all formats.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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