RB - MIN
Week 8 Outlook
Dalvin Cook rushed 29 times for 140 yards and one touchdown in Minnesota's overtime victory versus Carolina. He additionally caught both of his targets for three yards.
Cook looked like his normal self on Sunday afternoon, after sitting out last week with an ankle injury. His 140 rushing yards accounted for a season-high and he was able to register his second touchdown of the year. As productive as Alexander Mattison has been in Cook's absence, he serves as an elite handcuff and nothing more as long as the backfield is at full strength. With the Vikings on bye next week, fantasy managers can fire up Cook as an elite RB1 against the Cowboys for Week 8.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) is officially active and will play in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
As expected, Cook was removed from the injury report and will play in Sunday's game against the Panthers. He missed Week 5's win over the Detroit Lions with an ankle injury. The Panthers have been tough against the run and rank second in DVOA. In the latest FantasyPros expert consensus rankings, Cook is currently ninth among all running backs, and fantasy managers can start him as an RB1 in Week 6 despite the tough matchup.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) is off the injury report and will play in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Cook was a full participant in practice this week, and is all systems go against the Panthers in Week 6. He missed Week 5's win over the Detroit Lions with an ankle injury. The Panthers have been stout against running backs this season and are second in DVOA against the run. Despite the tough matchup, Cook is a surefire RB1, and fantasy managers can safely insert the star back into their starting lineups for Week 6.
Dalvin Cook practiced again on Thursday. Chad Graff suggested that he may have been limited in practice, but all the same he seems like he is making significant progress in terms of returning to play in Week 6.
This is good news for Dalvin Cook managers. When he is on the field, there are few running backs in this league that have this kind of impact. The situation is worth monitoring in the next few days, but if he plays, he is a must start, albeit against a top-10 run defense in the Carolina Panthers.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday.
Cook will likely be listed as "limited." Still, it's an improvement from his participation last week. The Vikings have a bye in Week 7, which means Cook can't be considered a lock to play this Sunday since the team would have two weeks for him to rest if he sat. A big matchup against the Panthers could change things, though. This is a key injury situation to monitor throughout the week.