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Dalvin Cook Week 4 Outlook - Vikings at Saints

By Derek Brown (FantasyPros), Fri, Sep 30th 2022, 1:05pm EDT

Cook left last week's game with a dislocated shoulder. He has a long history of shoulder injuries, but early reports indicate he'll wear a harness in Week 4 and play. He's practiced in full Thurs-Fri. Cook has averaged 16.6 touches and 80 total yards this year. Before last week's abbreviated showing, he had seen a 14.5% target share with a 65.1% route run rate. Excluding his abysmal showing in Week 2, he's racked up 3.38 yards after contact per attempt and an 84.5 elusive rating. This season, those marks would rank 22nd and 16th among rushers with at least ten carries. New Orleans isn't the brick wall run defense of old. While they have allowed the ninth-lowest rushing success rate, they have also bled out the 11th-highest explosive run rate and are 15th in rushing yards per game. Cook will have to do most of his damage on the ground as the Saints are fourth in DVOA against receiving backs. If Cook plays, it's simple. You play him as a top-12 running back.

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