As the 2019 fantasy football season nears, it's time to examine players who could make or break your fantasy team. Here's a look at Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and his fantasy outlook for the season ahead.
Cook averaged just 10.9 carries per game over his first eight, injury-scattered appearances last season. Then Minnesota switched offensive coordinators and handed Cook 46 carries over the final three weeks. The Vikings kept Kevin Stefanski in the role after that, with the loudest complaint of fired John DeFilippo being that he leaned too heavily on the pass. Third-round rookie Alexander Mattison replaces Latavius Murray behind Cook.
Size: 5'10", 210
Age: 24 (at the start of the season)
Bye Week: 12
What went wrong in 2018: Coming back from a torn ACL, Cook was drafted as a low RB1 last season. He barely finished inside the top 30 at his position, as once again he couldn’t stay healthy, missing five games because of a hamstring injury. And when he did play, he disappointed, producing just one 100-yard rushing performance and four total TDs.
The touches should be there this year. But can Cook hold up in the NFL? He’s worth a shot if you can get him late in Round 2.
2018 stats: 11 games, 615 rushing yards, 2 TDs; 40 receptions for 305 yards, 2 TDs; 2 lost fumbles.
Season Projections for 2019
224 carries, 1,030 yards, 8 rushing TDs; 49 receptions, 375 yards, 1 receiving TD