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Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
vs. WAS, Thu 4pm EST
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 1# 8-
Best Rank# 1# 3-
Worst Rank# 1# 11-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. CAR vs. WAS-
Matchup RatingThis is a 4 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs CARThis is a 2 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs WAS-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att25.222.8
Rush Yds115.197.2
Rush TD1.20.7
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total222.5130.3-
Avg Game22.311.8-
Avg Projection20.513.3-
Week 1120.017.4-
    
Misc 
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB
12 rush, 50 yds, 2 td
2 tar, 1 rec, -2 yds, 0 td
at LAR
22 rush, 96 yds, 1 td
4 tar, 3 rec, 31 yds, 1 td
Week 2 at IND
14 rush, 63 yds, 1 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 8 yds, 0 td
vs. ATL
22 rush, 89 yds, 1 td
7 tar, 6 rec, 33 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. TEN
22 rush, 181 yds, 1 td
5 tar, 2 rec, 18 yds, 0 td
at SEA
14 rush, 34 yds, 1 td
11 tar, 6 rec, 24 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at HOU
27 rush, 130 yds, 2 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 16 yds, 0 td
vs. CLE
12 rush, 54 yds, 0 td
8 tar, 8 rec, 71 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at SEA
17 rush, 65 yds, 1 td
5 tar, 5 rec, 24 yds, 0 td
vs. NYG
19 rush, 91 yds, 2 td
2 tar, 1 rec, 14 yds, 0 td
Week 6 vs. ATL
vs. ARI
12 rush, 49 yds, 0 td
10 tar, 8 rec, 31 yds, 0 td
Week 7BYE WEEK at WAS
12 rush, 45 yds, 0 td
2 tar, 1 rec, 6 yds, 0 td
Week 8 at GB
30 rush, 163 yds, 3 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 63 yds, 1 td
at PHI
19 rush, 63 yds, 0 td
2 tar, 1 rec, 10 yds, 0 td
Week 9 vs. DET
22 rush, 206 yds, 2 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 46 yds, 0 td
vs. PIT
18 rush, 51 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 18 yds, 0 td
Week 10 at CHI
30 rush, 96 yds, 0 td
4 tar, 4 rec, 16 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 11 vs. DAL
27 rush, 115 yds, 1 td
5 tar, 5 rec, 45 yds, 0 td
at MIN
21 rush, 103 yds, 0 td
2 tar, 2 rec, 11 yds, 1 td
Week 12 vs. CAR vs. WAS
Week 13 vs. JAC at BAL
Week 14 at TB at CIN
Week 15 vs. CHI vs. SF
Week 16 at NO vs. PHI
Week 17 at DET at NYG
Player Projections Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
vs. WAS, Thu 4pm EST
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts21.218.8
Rush Yards106.377.1
Rush TDs1.00.6
   
Receiving
   
Receptions3.72.7
Rec Yards33.220.7
Rec TDs0.10.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points20.513.3
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
2020 Points 
Week 120.824.7
Week 215.116.2
Week 323.911.8
Week 426.612.5
Week 514.922.5
Week 64.0
Week 75.1
Week 846.67.3
Week 937.26.9
Week 1011.2
Week 1120.017.4
Week 126.21.9
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total222.5130.3
Average22.311.8
Player Targets Comparison
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
2020 Targets 
Week 124
Week 227
Week 3511
Week 428
Week 552
Week 610
Week 72
Week 832
Week 923
Week 104
Week 1152
Week 1243
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
 
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
RB - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
vs. WAS, Thu 4pm EST
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
We're starting to enter 2019 Derrick Henry league-winning numbers with Cook, who's now totaled at least 27 carries in four of the last six games. He's rewarded fantasy managers with 1,184 total yards and 11 touchdowns over his last seven games, which is flat-out ridiculous. We've actually seen the Vikings start to involve Cook more in the passing game the last few weeks, which is massive for this matchup. The Panthers have allowed running backs a massive 6.8 receptions and 46.6 yards per game against them. When you add in the two receiving touchdowns, you'll find the team that's allowed the fourth-most fantasy points through the air to running backs. They've also been pretty horrendous against the run as well, allowing 4.76 yards per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns. There's legitimately nothing that stands out as a negative in this matchup, including the opportunity, as the Panthers have faced far more weighted opportunity to running backs than any other team in the league. There have already been six running backs who've posted top-five numbers against the Panthers, and Cook should make it seven.Coming into last week, Elliott led the league with 16 carries inside the five-yard-line. It was only a matter of time before he started to convert some of those into touchdowns. He scored in Week 11, though it was on a target. He looked extremely good in that game against the Vikings, as his vision was better than I'd seen it all year, and it led to him tallying his first 100-rushing-yard game of the season. It's going to be tough to repeat that task against Washington, who's allowed just one running back (Nick Chubb) to finish with more than 86 yards on the ground against them this year. In their first meeting, Elliott was held to just 45 yards on 12 carries and caught just one pass for six yards. That's been a somewhat common thing against Washington, as D'Andre Swift has been the only running back who's topped four receptions or 37 receiving yards against them. All in all, they've allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points through the air to running backs, though much of that is due to lack of volume, as they've seen just 4.9 targets per game (2nd-fewest in NFL). We've talked about touchdowns, right? Well, of the seven running backs who've touched the ball 15-plus times against Washington, five have scored with the only exceptions being Devonta Freeman and Kenyan Drake. It's not a locked-and-loaded RB1-type week for Elliott, but he should remain in lineups as a high-end RB2 who's locked into 18-plus touches. Washington has faced 26.6 touches per game to running backs, so it doesn't leave a whole lot for Pollard, who has snuck in five-plus carries in each of the last six games, though that's not enough to play him as anything more than an emergency RB4.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Cook has been dominating fantasy football this year and the Panthers are 28th against fantasy wide receivers. Cook should have a monster fantasy game on the road this week.Elliott had 18 fantasy points last week, he has a tough test this week against Washington's 8th ranked fantasy running back defense. He should still be a low-end RB1.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Cook just continues to perform at a MVP level and he should continue that streak here against the Panthers run defense. Start Cook as a top-3 lock.Welcome back to relevancy, Ezekiel Elliott! We've missed you. Zeke put together a solid performance this past week against Minnesota by averaging nearly five yards per carry and finding the end zone as a receiver. Moving forward, there's reason for optimism with Zeke in this offense with Dalton at QB. While this is a tougher matchup for opposing RBs, Zeke absolutely belongs in your starting lineup as a mid-range RB1 that should see plenty of work.