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Vikings star RB Dalvin Cook has in fact reported to training camp to get his first COVID-19 test.
There were many back and forth tweets coming from media outlets and Cook’s agent with differing information regarding the running back’s status heading into training camp. Those can be put to rest for now as Cook has reported on-time to take his first COVID-19 test Tuesday. He remains a fringe top-5 fantasy RB this season, and it looks like he’ll play, which is music to the ears of people that already drafted Cook this season.
Dalvin Cook’s agent Zac Hiller denies his client ever telling anyone in the Vikings organization that his intent is to report to training camp on-time.
Hiller said, “ Dalvin and Coach Polamalu speak often as they have a great relationship. Dalvin has never mentioned to him anything in regards to reporting to camp. I’m not sure where the miscommunication is. I hope Dalvin plays a major role in the Vikings future success.” There’s been a bunch of back and forth reporting on Twitter as to whether or not Cook will eventually report to camp rather than hold out, and it seems like Cook’s agent is wanting to regain leverage in negotiations by putting it out there that his client may not report. With all this back and forth, it’s going to be hard to trust Cook in the first round of fantasy drafts, and if you do take the leap of faith, make sure you handcuff him with Alexander Mattison.
On a Zoom call Saturday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that star RB Dalvin Cook is expected to report to training camp next week.
When asked, Zimmer said he was told “by him [Cook]. This is a big piece of news on a quiet NFL Saturday. There were rumors Cook might hold out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Fantasy owners will still want to handcuff Cook with Alexander Mattison this season, but this is great news for anyone who’s already drafted Cook. He should be considered in the 2nd tier of RBs after Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Alvin Kamara.
Dalvin Cook's holdout is not expected to last beyond the first week of camp, per Courtney Cronin of ESPN.
Based on the new CBA, Cook could be fined up to $50,000 per day if a holdout player doesn't report. The Vikings intend to workout a long-term deal with Cook, and both sides could come to an agreement around the first week of camp. Cook broke out in 2019, logging 250 carries for 1,350 rushing yards along with 53 catches for 519 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns across 14 games. As long as Cook's holdout ends early, he's a easily a borderline top-five back in fantasy. The 24-year-old is currently sixth among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Despite RB Dalvin Cook’s reported hold-out, the Minnesota Vikings intend to work out a deal with their workhorse back prior to the start of training camp.
Last week, reports surfaced that Cook was willing to hold out for a long-term deal from the Vikings as he enters into the final year of his rookie contract. Cook was apparently frustrated with the Vikings initial offer, but Minnesota remains intent on meeting Cook and his representatives somewhere in the middle before training camp kicks off. If you’re drafting now and want to take a chance on Cook, make sure you also secure the most valuable handcuff in fantasy football at the moment, Alexander Mattison. If healthy and playing at full-speed, Cook is arguably a top-5 running back in the NFL on any given Sunday.
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