RB - MIN
Cook had a career year and he still missed two games. He is just electric with the ball in his hands. So on the one hand what he did in 14 games was really impressive. On the other, he still hasn't made it through a regular season unscathed. The Vikings also invested in their offensive line in the draft by adding LT Christian Darrisaw and G Wyatt Davis. (LT Riley Reiff departed in free agency.) It's possible Cook does even better in 2021, but his injury history gives me some pause. Naturally, I had him his rookie year when he went down after four games- gaa! So I speak with experience when I say ,if you draft Cook, you better invest in an Alexander Mattison insurance policy later on, just in case..
Despite only playing 14 games each of the past two seasons, Cook has finished as the RB5 and the RB3. The workload that Cook sees when he's on the field is absolutely absurd and he's one of the last true workhorse RBs in the NFL. While it's almost certain that you're not going to get 16 games out of him with his injury history, Cook's worth the lofty investment at the top of your drafts because of his production when he's on the field. You should feel confident drafting Cook as a top-3 option again this season.
NQAI, he's a special talent, but volume is king in fantasy, and nobody handled more touches per game than Cook (25.4)
Despite missing four games over the last two years, Cook has still managed to rack up 3,572 total yards and 30 touchdowns. He's still yet to play 16 games in his four-year career, but when he's on the field, he's a surefire RB1. In each of the final 12 games he played in 2020, he touched the ball a minimum of 17 times, including 24-plus touches in nine of them. The craziest part about his numbers, though, is the fact that he has 97 receptions for 880 yards over the last two years, but just one receiving touchdown, so there's room for even more of a ceiling.
Cook is as talented as any running back in the league, and would have surpassed 2,000 yards from scrimmage last year had he not missed two games due to injury. As it was, he set career bests in rushing yards (1,557), touchdowns (17), and touches (356). He's also a big play waiting to happen, as he has ripped off a run of at least 70 yards in each of the past three seasons. If there's a knock on Cook, it's that he hasn't yet stayed healthy enough to play 16 games in a season, but that's not close enough to knock him out of being an obvious top-three pick in fantasy leagues.
When it comes to first-round fantasy selections, it's tough to find a player and situation as seemingly safe as Dalvin Cook with the Vikings. Coming off back-to-back top-five RB1 finishes, Minnesota has shown no signs of moving away from being a run-first offense. In fact, the Vikes actually set out to improve their offensive line this offseason. And one year after having a curiously atrocious defense, we can project that unit to improve as well, which of course only helps the running game. Cook is a highly bankable fantasy commodity who warrants consideration as early as No. 2 overall in 1QB redraft
Cook is an animal when he is on the field, emphasis on "on the field." Now entering his 5th season, he has yet to play 16 games, and with the NFL extending to a 17-game schedule, the pressure is on. The injury history of Cook is the only think holding him back from the No. 1 overall pick.
Cook had 315.8 fantasy points in 2020, but a big concern is that offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has retired and there will be a new play caller in 2021. Cook is still a fantastic talent, but it may be tough for him to duplicate 17 touchdowns with a new play caller.
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