Minnesota Vikings
  • 5'11"
  • 213
  • 23
  • 0 years
  • Florida St.
  • 2017 R2 O, None

Season To Date Statistics

Year Team Gms Plays Car Rush Yards YPC Rush TDs Fum Targets Catch Catch Yards Catch TDs Total Yards Total TDs 50+ Yd TDs 100+ Yard Gms 1+ TD Gms
2017 MIN 4 90 74 354 4.8 2 1 16 11 90 0 444 2 0 2 2

Recent Player News

  • Posted: 2/2/2018 8:34pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) has 'progressed nicely' from his knee surgery, general manager Rick Spielman said Thursday, Feb. 1, and Spielman said Cook could have the same success that Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson had coming off his knee surgery in 2012.

    Huddle Up: Although it's a reach to suggest Cook could threaten the NFL rushing record and win MVP honors like Peterson did in his return from ACL surgery, Cook showed enough potential prior to his injury to make him a RB2 candidate in 2018.

  • Posted: 1/22/2018 9:52am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) said he is able to do some jogging but does not have a timetable for when he will return to football activities.

    Huddle Up: Cook probably will not do much during offseason workouts but should have a good chance to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. He played well before suffering his injury this season and should have a similar role in 2018. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues next season.

  • Posted: 10/10/2017 1:07pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) underwent successful knee surgery Monday, Oct. 9, according to a source. Cook said he will be back for the start of the 2018 season.

    Huddle Up: As was evident Monday night, Jerick McKinnon looks to be Cook's heir apparent in Minnesota's backfield. McKinnon has put together an underwhelming career, but he looked great against the Chicago Bears. Latavius Murray is worth a pickup, too, but he is tailored for standard leagues and does not have as much upside as McKinnon.

  • Posted: 10/2/2017 9:09am ET

    Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. He will require surgery.

    Huddle Up: Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon will probably split the load, but both of them are hampered by ankle injuries. McKinnon has sparse upside, and Murray is probably the best bet to see the most work. Murray said he's not 100 percent from offseason ankle surgery, but he'll be an RB3 moving forward. McKinnon is an RB5 fallback.

  • Posted: 10/1/2017 2:25pm ET

    Updating a previous reports, the Minnesota Vikings fear RB Dalvin Cook (knee) might have suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Cook will have an MRI on Monday, Oct. 2.

    Huddle Up: The rookie was off to a hot start, but it appears his season is over unless tests confirm he did not suffer any structural damage. It appears Jerick McKinnon is the back to target off the waiver wire this week, should Cook officially be ruled out for the remainder of the season.

  • Posted: 10/1/2017 11:54am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) suffered a non-contact knee injury Sunday, Oct. 1, against the Detroit Lions, during the live telecast.

    Huddle Up: Cook was clearly in pain and immediately dropped the football in the open field. While speculating is dangerous, this one had the hallmarks of a severe ligament injury. Check back for an update.

  • Posted: 9/24/2017 1:56pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3. He also caught five passes for 72 yards during the game.

    Huddle Up: Cook received almost all of the carries during the game and is the clear No. 1 running back for the Vikings. He will continue to be involved in the passing, which makes him a weekly starting option for owners in all fantasy leagues.

  • Posted: 9/23/2017 9:48pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has 14 carries for 25 yards in the first halves of his two games this year and 20 carries for 166 yards in the second halves, and he said he is working on being more effective early in games.

    Huddle Up: Facing the Buccaneers in Week 3 without Sam Bradford under center isn't ideal, but Cook's workload should at least make him a volume-based RB2.

  • Posted: 9/17/2017 2:29pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 64 yards on 12 carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.

    Huddle Up: Cook received a majority of the carries again this week and that should continue moving forward. He will be facing a solid Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense next week but could still be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.

  • Posted: 9/14/2017 10:51am ET

    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.

    Huddle Up: It's impressive for a rookie to be thrust into a workhorse position right away and succeed at it. That's what Cook is doing. His matchup isn't as favorable in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he's officially an every-week starter as long as he's healthy.

  • Posted: 9/11/2017 10:06pm ET

    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.

    Huddle Up: An impressive all-around debut for Cook, as not only do his owners have to be impressed with his final numbers for the evening, but also with his usage, as backups Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon totaled just five carries combined. If tonight was any indication, Cook should be a very serviceable RB2 from here on out.

  • Posted: 9/9/2017 8:01pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, and the Saints allowed the fourth-most rushing touchdowns last year and allowed opposing running back to catch 85 passes for 868 yards.

    Huddle Up: Cook is the most versatile and explosive back in Minnesota, and while Latavius Murray could steal a few carries, Cook has RB1 upside in Week 1 against a New Orleans defense that has been a mess the last few years.

  • Posted: 9/8/2017 10:42am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will likely operate as the team's workhorse back in Week 1 versus the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin.

    Huddle Up: Cook was an every-down back at Florida State and looked completely within his element during the preseason in the same role while Latavius Murray was recovering from offseason ankle surgery. While the Vikings will likely opt to have Murray take some goal-line touches away from Cook at some point, that is not a given. Regardless, Cook is shaping up to be a solid RB2 with RB1 upside.

  • Posted: 9/5/2017 11:38am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is listed as the starting running back on the Vikings' official depth chart.

    Huddle Up: Cook was expected to start almost right away. He had a solid offseason and Latavius Murray was sidelined for the majority of offseason activities. Cook's ceiling is limited by Murray, especially when it comes to touchdowns, but the rookie has RB1 upside if he maintains his starting role and stays healthy.

  • Posted: 8/18/2017 10:25pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed seven times for 40 yards Friday, Aug. 18, in a 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

    Huddle Up: A strong Seahawks defense was largely the thing that held the Vikings running game in check, with just 71 yards on 17 carries. Cook was drafted with the idea he would break the running game open, and he should be considered as a mid-range RB2 candidate. He will have some solid outings.

  • Posted: 8/11/2017 12:17pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook has impressed the team with his receiving skills throughout the spring and during training camp. '(Cook's work in the passing game has) been tremendous throughout (training) camp, and I think it?s something that we noticed pretty early on during (spring drills). He continued to show it throughout the camp, and I think he?s going to be a valuable asset, not only in the run game, but I think we?re going to be able to utilize him in the pass game,' quarterback Sam Bradford said.

    Huddle Up: Cook was bottled up as a runner in his preseason debut Thursday (five carries, 13 yards), but his four catches for 30 yards bodes in just over a quarter of work is a tangible sign Minnesota likes what he can do as a receiver. He is an incredibly explosive rusher to boot, so he should have no problem breaking off a few long runs during the season even if his line only shows a modest improvement over last year. Cook should be viewed as a high-end RB2 in all formats.

  • Posted: 8/10/2017 5:04pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook rushed five times for 13 yards and finished with four catches for 30 yards before calling it a day in the team's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills.

    Huddle Up: Cook was featured as Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon were held out, and he did nothing to disappoint, even if the rushing numbers are on the low end. The Vikings have been consistent in saying they want a committee backfield, but Cook could potentially turn himself into a feature back with a strong preseason. Cook is a value pick at his current fourth-round ADP and possess RB1 upside if he can run away with the job.

  • Posted: 8/7/2017 2:52pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook is listed as the starting running back on the Vikings' initial depth chart.

    Huddle Up: No surprise here, especially with Latavius Murray just coming off the PUP list. If he can maintain his starting status and be involved in the passing game, there's no reason Cook can't end his first season as an RB2.

  • Posted: 8/4/2017 9:26am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has stood out in a number of areas throughout training camp, and one area he has stood out the most is pass protection, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'He has a really great foundation coming from Florida State, so he understands the big picture, he understands our terminology as to who we?re blocking and he really has a good feel for the game. I don?t see any elements of running back play that he can?t be very good at, and pass protection is one of them,' Shurmur said.

    Huddle Up: The Vikings' plan entering the season was to use Latavius Murray, Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon in a committee, but Murray has yet to take the field for any practice since he signed while the rookie continues to create separation from McKinnon. Cook seems poised for at least 200 touches the season and should be considered strongly among the top 15 backs in fantasy.

  • Posted: 7/30/2017 8:45pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook saw a majority of the first-team reps in practice Saturday, July 29, and head coach Mike Zimmer said Cook 'has shown a lot of really good things so far.'

    Huddle Up: Cook continues to earn high marks, and with Latavius Murray battling an ankle injury, Cook could end up being the Week 1 starter. At this point, he has enough upside to grab as a RB2, especially in keeper formats.

  • Posted: 7/18/2017 6:46pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook may be a candidate to return kicks if special teams coach Mike Priefer has his way, although Priefer acknowledges the decision ultimately lies with head coach Mike Zimmer.

    Huddle Up: It is very uncommon for a lead back - much less a potential featured one - to play on special teams, so if reports begin to surface he is returning kicks during camp, it would be a clear sign Minnesota intends to use a split backfield. That is unlikely to happen, however, so Cook should be targeted as a high-upside RB2.

  • Posted: 7/16/2017 11:31am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook broke loose for a run of 50 or more yards 10 times during his Florida State career, and while the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vensel believes the Vikings might not ask him to take on 300 carries as a rookie, Vensel will also not rule it out.

    Huddle Up: Much will depend on how quickly Cook is trusted in pass protection, because projected backup Latavius Murray has a reputation as a good blocker. The No. 41 overall pick in April has allowed his coaches and teammates alike thus far and seems very much on track to be the Week 1 starter. Cook should be considered a strong RB2 with low-end RB1 upside.

  • Posted: 7/11/2017 8:50am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook, a versatile, quick back is built to succeed under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur has leaned toward using one back more than a committee style in his career. With RB Latavius Murray (ankle) still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, Cook is in a prime position to usurp him as the lead back.

    Huddle Up: This will be one of the most interesting competitions to watch moving forward. Murray was inked to a three-year, $15 million deal in the offseason to be the guy. However, Cook slid in the draft, and the team moved up to take him in the second round. Cook has the tools and the opportunity to be the lead back, but Murray still has some say in the situation. Murray has likely fallen into the RB3 mix with Cook, but if push comes to shove, Cook has to be the better option for fantasy purposes due to upside.

  • Posted: 6/19/2017 8:14am ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook flashed his speed in minicamp last week and is a fast, long strider in the open field.

    Huddle Up: Cook will try to eat into Latavius Murray's touches, and Murray has dealt with injuries the last couple of years. Cook might be an upside RB3 in PPR leagues if he continues to ascend.

  • Posted: 6/15/2017 2:37pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has a chance to be a special player, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring,' Zimmer said.

    Huddle Up: Cook is only in his first NFL offseason, but the potential is apparent. He'll be part of a committee with Latavius Murray, at least to start the season, but Cook is the favorite to be the Vikings' most valuable fantasy running back. The rookie has low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 appeal.

  • Posted: 5/31/2017 2:13pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings second-round draft choice RB Dalvin Cook signed his four-year contract Wednesday, May 31. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: Cook likely will not start as a rookie but should have a solid role in the offense in 2017. He probably should be considered a No. 4 running back in standard fantasy leagues but will be a popular pick in keeper leagues since he should be the starter in the near future.

  • Posted: 5/25/2017 8:50pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook isn't working with the first-team offense yet but is fitting in nicely, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'He's a very instinctive runner,' Shurmur said. 'He'll get his foot down and gets up the field. He's actually pretty instinctive when it comes to who to block in pass protection and he catches the ball extremely well.'

    Huddle Up: Murray should be a first-round pick in rookie drafts, but competition from Latavius Murray will make him more of a RB3 in redraft formats with more upside in PPR formats.

  • Posted: 5/6/2017 8:44pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has impressed head coach Mike Zimmer during rookie minicamp. 'He showed acceleration, good feet, good vision, a lot of the same things we saw on tape,' Zimmer said.

    Huddle Up: Cook will likely compete with Latavius Murray for touches this season. He is a RB4 in redraft formats, but his long-term upside makes him worth a first-round pick in rookie drafts.

  • Posted: 4/28/2017 4:56pm ET

    The Minnesota Vikings selected Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

    Huddle Up: Cook should have a role in the offense as a rookie even though the team has Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon on the roster. Cook can be a No. 4 running back in drafts in 2017 and should be a popular pick in keeper leagues since he has a chance to be at least a No. 2 running back in upcoming years.

2017 Game Logs

Wk Opp Car RYd RTD Cat CYd CTD
1 NO 22 127 0 3 10 0
2 @PIT 12 64 0 2 0 0
3 TB 27 97 1 5 72 0
4 DET 13 66 1 1 8 0

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