| Diggs not expected to play, Cook limited|
Vikings have a bye in Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 3, 11:00 pm
|Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, listed as questionable with a rib injury, is not expected to play Sunday against the visiting Detroit Lions, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Minnesota has its bye week upcoming, so Diggs will have two weeks to rest his injured ribs. A source also told Schefter that Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, questionable with a lingering hamstring injury, is expected to see the field but be on a pitch count of about 20 or so plays. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs will miss this week with a rib injury leaving Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell and tight end Kyle Rudolph as the main pass catchers for the Vikings. A 5-foot-10 slot receiver, Chad Bebe, has been called up from the practice squad. Cook won't be a fantasy option given his limited role.
| Cook, Diggs listed as questionable|
Cook will be limited if he plays
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 2, 3:00 pm
|Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs are both listed as questionable for the Minnesota Vikings' Week 9 game against the Detroit Lions.
Diggs sustained an injury to his ribs in the second quarter of a 30-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The wide receiver did not practice Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Cook's participation in practice Friday gives the Vikings hope that he will be able to play against the Lions. Sources indicated that Cook will go through an on-field workout prior to inactives before determining whether he can play. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings handling of Cook is questionable at best given they have a bye next week. If he does play, he's expected to be on a pitch count. He won't be a recommended fantasy play even if he is active on Sunday. Diggs owners should be getting plan B in place in case he is ruled inactive on Sunday.
| Stefon Diggs absent Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Oct 31, 1:45 pm
|Dalvin Cook is doing at least some work in practice today. No Stefon Diggs, who appeared to sustain a core injury on Sunday night. Roc Thomas and Anthony Barr, who've both had hamstring injuries, are sitting out on Wednesday. (Ben Goessling on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The severity of Diggs' injury is unknown at the moment. Is here were to somehow miss Week 9, Laquon Treadwell might be a viable option. Stay tuned...
| Dalvin Cook out for Week 7|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 19, 1:40 pm
|Dalvin Cook is out on Sunday, Mike Zimmer said. (Ben Goessling on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cook missed practice on Thursday and only did stretching on Friday before leaving the field with the trainer. In his absence, Latavius Murray should see the majority of the workload at running back for the Vikings against the Jets. The Jets rank in the middle of the pack, allowing the 15th most fantasy points to running backs.
| Dalvin Cook will be on a pitch count, if he plays|
Hamstring still not 100 percent
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Oct 13, 8:00 pm
|The plan, as of now, is for Dalvin Cook to play on Sunday. Vikings will have him on a pitch count of 20-25 plays, assuming he goes. Cook said Friday he’s feeling much better, but his hamstring still clearly isn’t 100 percent yet. Still, Vikings are hopeful he can help in a limited capacity. (Ben Goessling on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't exactly what fantasy owners want to hear. It might be better for Cook to rest another week and instead of risking re-injury this weekend. It will be difficult to trust Cook in a fantasy lineup given the likelihood of a reduced role. Latavius Murray and Roc Thomas will likely see work as well.
| Dalvin Cook trending to play in Week 6|
Full practice on Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 11, 7:45 pm
|Good news: Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) practiced in full today. Would indicate he's ready to return this Sunday vs. the Cardinals. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings appear likely to fire up Cook after two weeks off for the second time this season. As we've already seen with him and Leonard Fournette, an in-game setback is very possible. While the matchup is as good as owners could hope for this week, the safe play would be to make him prove he can make it through a game before counting on him on a regular basis moving forward.
| Dalvin Cook not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 7, 1:00 am
|The #Vikings are not expecting RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) to play Sunday vs. the #Eagles, sources say. It would take an impressive turnaround for him to be on the field. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect Latavius Murray to see the bulk of carries for the Vikings in Week 5. Unfortunately, the matchup is brutal as the Eagles have given up next to nothing to running backs thus far in 2018. Murray is a flex play at best in what should be a pass-heavy gameplan from the Vikings.
| Dalvin Cook to be listed as questionable|
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 4, 7:30 pm
|Mike Zimmer called Dalvin Cook questionable for Sunday. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cook did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, so his Week 5 prospects are not looking good. Latavius Murray would be in line for another start, but he has yet to post a quality fantasy performance. Poor performance on the offensive line has been to blame for most of that, but it seems unlikely Murray or any other Minnesota running back is going to get it going against the Eagles' stout run defense. If Cook doesn't play, most owners should be able to find a better start than Murray.
| Dalvin Cook, Marcus Peters active Week 4|
Injured RB, CB cleared to play Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 27, 8:00 pm
|Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) and Rams CB Marcus Peters (calf) are active and will play tonight. (ESPN - Field Yates)|
FFToday's Take: Cook was trending toward being active all week, so owners should feel OK about plugging him into their lineups in a game where the Vikings may be relying on his ability to contribute in the passing game in the second half. Peters being active is a bit of a surprise, since it appeared he may have been seriously hurt in Week 3. Peters has not acted as a shadow to this point (and probably won't despite the absence of Aqib Talib), so Stefon Diggs owners should sweat his matchup.
| Dalvin Cook listed as questionable|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 26, 5:00 pm
|According to the NFL's communications website, the Vikings listed Dalvin Cook, Anthony Harris, Tom Johnson and Riley Reiff as questionable for Thursday's game. Marcus Sherels and Everson Griffen are out. (Ben Goessling on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cook was limited in practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury that kept him out in Week 3. Cook will likely be a gametime decision when the Vikings play the Rams on Thursday night. It wouldn't be surprising to see Cook sit this one out given the short week. Latavius Murray would be a flex consideration if he gets the start.
| Dalvin Cook hopeful for Week 4|
RB missed Week 3 with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 24, 7:30 pm
|Dalvin Cook is still taking his hamstring injury "day to day" and will see how he feels on Thursday. He notes that right now he's feeling good and that there's a good chance he'll play vs. Rams. (ESPN - Courtney Cronin)|
FFToday's Take: Cook thought he would "definitely" play last week, so take this proclamation for what it's worth. It probably doesn't help his cause Minnesota plays the Rams on Thursday, although it sure seems like he was held out against Buffalo so he'd be ready for this showdown. The matchup is a difficult one, but Cook's contributions as a receiver should keep him in the RB2 conversation if he plays.
| Dalvin Cook out for Week 3|
Latavius Murray expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 21, 1:35 pm
|Dalvin Cook and Everson Griffen are both out for Sunday, Mike Zimmer said. (Ben Goessling on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Cook has been bothered by a hamstring injury this week. His absence will allow Latavius Murray to get the start and should handle a majority of the workload against the lowly Bills. This shapes up as a good game script for Murray with a higher TD expectation than normal.
| Dalvin Cook in doubt for Week 3?|
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 20, 7:05 pm
|The Vikings are overwhelming favorites to beat the Bills on Sunday. But there’s a chance they’ll have to do it without their top tailback.
Dalvin Cook didn’t practice on Wednesday, due to a hamstring injury that he suffered late in the team’s Week Two tie at Green Bay. (Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio)|
FFToday's Take: While it is still early in the week, owners should expect to be without him or expect him to play limited snaps at best. The Vikings should not struggle to beat Buffalo and have bigger fish to fry with the Rams and Eagles next up on the schedule. Owners and DFS players alike should not hesitate to saddle up Latavius Murray if Cook sits.