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Posted: 2/2/2018 8:34pm ET
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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