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Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
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RB - MIN
 
 
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Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total257.7239.4-
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at LAR vs. GB
Week 2 vs. ATL at IND
Week 3 at SEA vs. TEN
Week 4 vs. CLE at HOU
Week 5 vs. NYG at SEA
Week 6 vs. ARI vs. ATL
Week 7 at WASBYE WEEK
Week 8 at PHI at GB
Week 9 vs. PIT vs. DET
Week 10BYE WEEK at CHI
Week 11 at MIN vs. DAL
Week 12 vs. WAS vs. CAR
Week 13 at BAL vs. JAC
Week 14 at CIN at TB
Week 15 vs. SF vs. CHI
Week 16 vs. PHI at NO
Week 17 at NYG at DET
Player Projections Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts286.0259.2
Rush Yards1,271.01,138.1
Rush TDs9.79.8
   
Receiving
   
Receptions59.459.7
Rec Yards471.0526.2
Rec TDs2.51.8
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points242.8231.4
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
2019 Points 
Week 112.324.0
Week 218.025.1
Week 313.920.3
Week 410.513.0
Week 515.119.8
Week 621.311.4
Week 720.726.9
Week 823.1
Week 913.911.6
Week 106.324.3
Week 1117.311.7
Week 1212.6
Week 1313.710.4
Week 1421.313.5
Week 1528.04.3
Week 168.4
Week 1724.4
Total257.7239.4
Average16.117.1
Player Targets Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
2019 Targets 
Week 122
Week 223
Week 335
Week 478
Week 536
Week 662
Week 772
Week 86
Week 907
Week 1037
Week 1136
Week 124
Week 13104
Week 1452
Week 1543
Week 167
Week 175
Notes for Player Combination
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Expert 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
After CMC goes off the board, it's tough to differentiate between Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley. I give Zeke the slight edge since he's playing in what I project as a top-5 scoring offense with tremendous blocking in front of him. Zeke is a workhorse and should come close to leading the league in total carries.Dalvin Cook is yet another running back who has been working on an extension this offseason. While the star back hasn't reached an agreement with the Vikings yet, I expect him to be on the field in Week 1 as he's maintained will be the case. The offense could look a little different without Stefon Diggs and Kevin Stefanski, but Mike Zimmer is a smart coach and he knows the team's best chance to win is by running early and often.
Draft Engine
Draft Engine
The definition of a workhorse, Elliott leads all NFL running backs with 736 touches over the past two seasons. He also led the league in red-zone carries and rushing yards in 2019, with 59 attempts for 162 yards inside the 20-yard line.Although Cook returned for the 2018 season opener after tearing his ACL the previous October, he didn't look fully healthy while averaging 2.7 yards per carry over three September games. He finished '18 strong, then posted the best numbers of his career in 2019.
David Zach
FantasyPros
High powered offense, increased receiving role 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
There's only one running back over the last five years who's finished top-six three times, and that's Elliott. Oddly enough, he's never finished as No. 1 though. The Cowboys passing offense just got better with the addition of CeeDee Lamb, and while that may put a cap on Elliott's targets in the passing game, he should be free to rock against seven-man fronts. He saw eight-plus defenders in the box 19.3 percent of the time last year, a number that may dip down into the single digits, provided the Cowboys go three-wide more often than not. Stop trying to find "the next big thing," because Elliott has proven time and time again that he's among the safest picks at the top of the draft. He's posted RB2 or better numbers in 92.9 percent of his career games, which is better than any running back I've ever charted. In fact, the closest is Le'Veon Bell, who's hit that mark 87.0 percent of the time.It turns out Gary Kubiak is very good for a run-game. Cook took his game to another level in 2019, finishing as the No. 5 running back despite missing two games. Not only did he total 18-plus carries in eight games, but he also ranked third in yards per route run among running backs. With Stefon Diggs gone, we could see him highlighted even more in the passing game, though Justin Jefferson will eat some of them. Cook also led the league with 21 carries inside the five-yard-line. Health has always been a question mark with Cook, but when healthy, he's easily a top-10 back.
Rob Wilson
The Fantasy Footballers
The last true workhorse on this list. Passing volume may dip in 2020, but his TD totals are due for positive regressionContract discussion will be an offseason issue. If he stays healthy, Cook should have no issue finishing as a top three back in that Minnesota rushing attack.
Frank Bonincontri
Fantasy Wire HQ
Hoping Zeke stays Zeke under new head coach (and pass happy) Mike McCarthy. I believe he will..*Prays "Please stay healthy, please don't holdout"
Ben Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
Big things have been expected of the Eagles since their Super Bowl success and they continue to disappoint. Injuries and a lack of quality have specifically hurt Jake Elliott, as he's a strong and consistent kicker who will take the opportunity if it's given to him.Dalvin Cook has massive league winning upside! (If he can say healthy.) That's the argument I'm hearing a lot of and it always comes with that little caveat in brackets, whispered in the hope you won't notice. Sadly with Cook it's hard not to notice him breaking down towards the end of every season and surely the Vikings must be as well. When you add in the awkward contract situation and things look very iffy when it comes to taking the Viking in the first five picks. That brings me to a major problem, Alexander Mattison. Mattison isn't a special back but he's shown he can do the job absolutely fine and that means a smart coach will use him to spell Cook a lot more. That's not what you want as the Cook owner as it really caps his upside. Feel free to take Cook somewhere in the Top 5 this draft season but know you're risking your season on a very shaky foundation.
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Throughout his career, Zeke has averaged 96 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards per game. He also has 48 TDs in 56 games. Consistently great. 
Dalton Kates
APEX Fantasy Leagues
Elite RB who's in potentially the top offense in the league. Pollard's emergence may limit Zeke's total touches and adding Lamb may hurt Zeke's reception ceiling. Regardless still a top player in a fantastic situation.Was the RB2 in PPG last year. Stefanski moves on, but still plenty of opportunity for him to thrive in the passing game again with Diggs gone. Elite RB
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Perhaps nobody has a higher fantasy floor than EZE, who has the most games of 10+ FAN PTS since 2016 (53, out of a total of 56 games played)Initial holdout threat seems to have lost some teeth and I'm sensing that he won't sit out - likely to move to No. 5 among my RBs when that feels more like a lock
Elliot Berkovits
Packer Report
Elliott had another stellar season last year and is in position to do it once again in 2020. The Cowboys offense has only gotten better this offseason with the addition of CeeDee Lamb. I don't expect the coaching change to affect Elliott's workload all that much making him the safest player in fantasy behind only McCaffreyWith Cook seemingly ready to report to the Vikings and play in 2020, his value remains as a sure-fire RB1. The reason I don't have him in my top-5 is because of his injury history and the emergence of Alexander Mattison as a legitimate change of pace back. Target Cook at the turn.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
 Cook caused some waves early in the offseason with discussions of a potential holdout, but the new CBA essentially makes holding out a no-win situation for a player, and Cook reported when camp opened. There's no doubting Cook's value when healthy. Gary Kubiak will likely continue to employ the run-blocking scheme that fit Cook so well last year, and Cook is one of perhaps five players or so who has a legitimate chance to finish as the No. 1 running back in fantasy. The key, of course, is the "when healthy" part, as Cook has played in just 29 of 48 games in his young career. And, despite the futility of a holdout, Cook's unhappiness with his contract could potentially lead him to protect himself more than he otherwise would with minor injuries. But all of that is just window dressing given Cook's talent. His nearly limitless ceiling dictates that he be taken as a top-5 or 6 back, though drafters would be wise to lock up Alexander Mattison in the later rounds.
Justin Dodds
Locked In Football
Zeke has finished as a top 5 RB in every season that he's played 15 games or more in both standard and PPR formats. Having never missed extended time due to injury in his career, Zeke is about as safe of a pick that you're going to get in the first round of your draft.At the time of writing, Cook is without a new contract and has said he will hold out without a new deal. People who drafted Le'Veon Bell a couple of years back during his season-long holdout will certainly have their doubts about drafting Cook with their first-round pick. While this is definitely something to monitor, Mattison's consensus ADP is currently #112 in half PPR redraft leagues, so handcuffing Cook with your 8-9th round pick is definitely feasible.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Elliott had 1,777 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns last year. There is always concern that a new coaching staff could change his usage, but given the size of his contract and OC Kellen Moore being retained to call plays, it seems likely he will have similar RB1 value in 2020.Cook had a breakout season with 1,654 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 2019. Cook should be a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak's running back friendly offense and he should be an elite RB1 again in 2020.
Kevin Wheeler
The Draft Zone
Ezekiel Elliott with a coronavirus update: "I would say I had maybe one or two days when I felt symptoms. Even then, it wasn't too bad. I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. Now, I feel good. I feel normal." @jonmachota Zeke is the definition of consistent for fantasy. Last season he was at least an RB2 EVERY SINGLE WEEK. He was an RB1 in 9 of those weeks, with the other 7 weeks being an RB2. @ZtwiceFF"The things I do coming out of the backfield, the things I do in between the tackles, I block, I pretty much do it all," Cook said. "I don't have to come off the field. I think some guys just don't do as much as I do, and I think that's why I'm today's (top) back." Cook solidified himself as an elite option at the position last season, but his injury history remains lengthy and concerning. -Pioneer Press Cook has slipped a couple of spots due to him threatening a holdout. As soon as he signs something he's the RB4, but I'd hesitate drafting him until he signs something.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Ezekiel Elliott has finished in the top-5 each of the past two seasons and may be one of the safest RBs to draft. As long as he's healthy, he'll see over 300 touches and that's exactly what you want from a top-5 redraft pick. You can draft Zeke with confidence yet again this season.Dalvin Cook is the centerpiece of his offense, which is something that very few players in the NFL get to claim. At the time of writing, we're seeing him threaten to holdout if he doesn't get the contract extension he's looking for from the Minnesota Vikings. While Cook has the leverage in terms of his involvement in the offense, he still has yet to play a full 16-game season. This holdout may extend into the regular season and that's worrisome for fantasy owners. We'll have to take a wait-and-see approach right now, but he's a solid first-round pick if he does end his holdout.
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
Mike McCarthy is definitely pass-happy AF... but, dating back to his Saints days, his offenses have been featured-back centric more often than not (10/18). Zeke should still eat, especially with another explosive weapon added in CeeDee LambThe only way Dalvin could maintain Top-3 value was if Kubiak replaced Stefanski. He did, and the zone blocking remains in place for another blow up.
Seth Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
Mike McCarthy's RB usage in the pass game his last 3 years in GB: 2018 - 73 targets(12 games), 2017 - 83 targets, 2016 - 88 targets. That was typically with a 3 headed monster. I would assume Zeke is going to demand the large share of targets. He's averaged 83 over his last 2 seasons so potentially no new value here, unless Kellen Moore does something? Mike could get in trouble if he continues running the ball at the pace he did in GB though. 29th, 27th, and 32nd in the league his last 3 years, not gonna jive with a back that's averaged 292 carries a season since entering the league.