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Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook was seen running routes in bunch wide receiver sets in the teams OTA's which may suggest he will see more work in the passing game.
Cook is already an absolute monster in fantasy as he is one of the last few remaining bell cow backs in the NFL and he may see his draft stock rocket even higher if what has been seen in camp comes to fruition. The star running back ran for 1159 yards in just 13 games and paired that with nine TD's, but he may see his value increase this season as the Vikings potentially look to use Cook in a similar way to how the 49ers use Deebo Samuel which would bolster him in the top three in the league at RB if this comes true.
Dalvin Cook rushed 14 times for 79 yards and caught his lone target for three yards in Minnesota's season finale versus Chicago.
After hanging a 27/205/2 stat line on the Steelers in Week 14, Cook cooled off significantly in the final four weeks of the season, rushing for a combined 181 yards on 51 carries with no scores across three weeks, and missing a game due to testing positive for COVID. He was still able to post his third 1,000+ rushing yard season through 13 games, though went for a mere six total touchdowns after registering 17 touchdowns last season. As long as Cook can stay on the field, he still serves as an elite RB1 for fantasy purposes, and will come off draft boards in the first round next season.
Dalvin Cook rushed nine times for 13 yards and caught all three of his targets for zero yards in Sunday night's blowout loss to the Packers.
Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Cook posted his worst stat line of the entire season in championship week. It certainly didn't help that Kirk Cousins was unavailable due to testing positive for COVID-19, and that the Packers built a massive lead in the second quarter. Cook was held to just two carries in the second half as the Packers essentially forced the Vikings to keep throwing the ball. It was disappointing to see him minimally involved in the passing game, as he was expected to serve as a strong checkdown target for backup QB Sean Mannion. As long as the Vikings play their starters next week despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Cook should bounce back against Chicago.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been activated from the reserve/COVID list.
Cook missed Week 16's loss against the Los Angeles Rams while on the list but is now set to face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. Cook has been excellent this season when on the field and should provide a big boost to a run game that struggled with Alexander Mattison as the lead back against one of the better defenses in the league. Fire Cook up as an RB1 for championship week.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he's hopeful the team gets RB Dalvin Cook (COVD-19) back for Sunday Night Football in Week 17.
The key takeaway here is that Cook could be activated on Saturday if he's cleared by then. However, we likely won't know his status until the weekend. Keep this in mind when setting lineups for fantasy championship week.
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