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Dalvin Cook or Ezekiel Elliott

Who Should I Start? - Week 15

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
at LAC, Sun 4pm EST
Ezekiel ElliottE. Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
vs. LAR, Sun 4pm EST
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 4# 5-
Best Rank# 3# 4-
Worst Rank# 12# 9-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at LAC vs. LAR-
Matchup RatingThis is a 4 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs LACThis is a 2 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs LAR-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att21.322.4
Rush Yds87.984.8
Rush TD0.60.6
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total235.1196.9-
Avg Game18.115.1-
Avg Projection15.514.9-
Week 1413.521.3-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather64 F, Clear throughout the day.Indoor-
    
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  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Ezekiel ElliottE. Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. ATL
21 rush, 111 yds, 2 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 9 yds, 0 td
vs. NYG
13 rush, 53 yds, 1 td
2 tar, 1 rec, 10 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at GB
20 rush, 154 yds, 1 td
3 tar, 3 rec, 37 yds, 0 td
at WAS
23 rush, 111 yds, 1 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 9 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. OAK
16 rush, 110 yds, 1 td
5 tar, 4 rec, 33 yds, 0 td
vs. MIA
19 rush, 125 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 14 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at CHI
14 rush, 35 yds, 1 td
8 tar, 6 rec, 35 yds, 0 td
at NO
18 rush, 35 yds, 1 td
7 tar, 6 rec, 30 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at NYG
21 rush, 132 yds, 0 td
6 tar, 6 rec, 86 yds, 0 td
vs. GB
12 rush, 62 yds, 1 td
4 tar, 2 rec, 29 yds, 0 td
Week 6 vs. PHI
16 rush, 41 yds, 1 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 13 yds, 0 td
at NYJ
28 rush, 105 yds, 1 td
6 tar, 5 rec, 48 yds, 0 td
Week 7 at DET
25 rush, 142 yds, 2 td
2 tar, 1 rec, 7 yds, 0 td
vs. PHI
22 rush, 111 yds, 1 td
7 tar, 6 rec, 36 yds, 0 td
Week 8 vs. WAS
23 rush, 98 yds, 1 td
6 tar, 5 rec, 73 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 9 at KC
21 rush, 71 yds, 0 td
7 tar, 4 rec, 45 yds, 0 td
at NYG
23 rush, 139 yds, 0 td
Week 10 at DAL
26 rush, 97 yds, 1 td
7 tar, 7 rec, 86 yds, 0 td
vs. MIN
20 rush, 47 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 16 yds, 0 td
Week 11 vs. DEN
11 rush, 26 yds, 1 td
6 tar, 5 rec, 31 yds, 0 td
at DET
16 rush, 45 yds, 1 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 28 yds, 1 td
Week 12BYE WEEK at NE
21 rush, 86 yds, 0 td
4 tar, 4 rec, 40 yds, 0 td
Week 13 at SEA
9 rush, 29 yds, 1 td
4 tar, 3 rec, 35 yds, 0 td
vs. BUF
12 rush, 71 yds, 0 td
10 tar, 7 rec, 66 yds, 0 td
Week 14 vs. DET
18 rush, 62 yds, 1 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 13 yds, 0 td
at CHI
19 rush, 81 yds, 2 td
5 tar, 2 rec, 12 yds, 0 td
Week 15 at LAC vs. LAR
Week 16 vs. GB at PHI
Week 17 vs. CHI vs. WAS
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
at LAC, Sun 4pm EST
Ezekiel ElliottE. Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
vs. LAR, Sun 4pm EST
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts17.319.7
Rush Yards80.584.6
Rush TDs0.70.6
   
Receiving
   
Receptions3.93.4
Rec Yards34.327.9
Rec TDs0.10.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points15.514.9
   
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Ezekiel ElliottE. Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
2019 Points 
Week 124.012.3
Week 225.118.0
Week 320.313.9
Week 413.010.5
Week 519.815.1
Week 611.421.3
Week 726.920.7
Week 823.1
Week 911.613.9
Week 1024.36.3
Week 1111.717.3
Week 1212.6
Week 1310.413.7
Week 1413.521.3
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Ezekiel ElliottE. Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
2019 Targets 
Week 122
Week 232
Week 353
Week 487
Week 564
Week 626
Week 727
Week 86
Week 970
Week 1073
Week 1163
Week 124
Week 13410
Week 1425
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
at LAC, Sun 4pm EST
Ezekiel ElliottE. Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
vs. LAR, Sun 4pm EST
Expert 
Zach Brunner
FantasyPros
Cook proved last week that despite the shoulder injury, he is not going to be limited. Because of this, he needs to be locked in as a RB1 every single week, given his role. He is active in the passing game and he gets the goal line touches, so there is no game script where he gets written off. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
After being removed from the injury report all together, Cook appears set for a full workload this week. They decided to mix in Alexander Mattison more than usual last week, though being up 20-0 will allow them to rest their starter. This matchup with the Chargers kind of suits how the Vikings want to play. The Chargers opponents have averaged just 57.8 plays per game, which is the lowest-mark in the NFL, though their opponents have also run the ball 45.3 percent of the time, which is the fifth-highest mark in football. That's allowed running backs to rack up 27.8 touches per game, which is a solid number. Efficiency hasn't been bad against the Chargers, either. The 4.15 yards per carry and 5.86 yards per target are right in line with league averages. There have been just three running backs to total 18-plus carries against them, with each of them finishing as a top-eight running back on the week. Cook has hit that mark in eight games this year, including last week in an abbreviated role. You're playing him as an RB1 in season-long leagues every week, though the low play-counts for the Chargers opponents might make me fade him in DFS cash games.He notched his first multi-rushing-touchdown game in 2019 last week, something nobody would've thought to be the case had they known the Cowboys are a top-10 scoring offense in the league and Elliott has been healthy. The reality is that the Cowboys are no longer a run-first offense and have averaged just 19.3 running back carries over the last four weeks. Elliott does have 18-plus touches in eight straight games, so that's not something to worry about, especially considering Tony Pollard was inactive last week with an ankle injury. The Rams look good on paper, allowing the 11th-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs, but it's even worse than that, as they've allowed the fifth-fewest points per opportunity, behind only the Patriots, 49ers, Bucs, and Steelers. Ever since allowing Christian McCaffrey the RB1 performance in Week 1 with 209 total yards and two touchdowns, the Rams have allowed just eight top-24 performances to running backs over the next 12 games. The matchup does align to Elliott's strengths more than it does his weaknesses, though. He's recorded more than two receptions just five times this year, so he hasn't relied much on that for his production. Since Week 1, the Rams haven't allowed a running back more than 35 receiving yards, though there have been five running backs who've totaled 70 or more rushing yards. Elliott is going to be in lineups as an RB1 but he's not an auto-play in DFS or anything.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Chargers are just 20th against fantasy running backs, Cook should see the ball a lot this week with the Minnesota passing game facing a tough Chargers pass rush and secondary. 
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