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Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

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Draft: 2017 Round 2 (9)
College: Florida State
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 210 DOB: 1995-08-10 Age: 22
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#14 4 3.09

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 (Projected) MIN   183 785 4.3 6   38 305 8.0 2 157.0  

2017 Outlook
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A projected 1st round pick after a stellar career in the ACC, Cook scored 38 times in his final two years at Florida State, capping his career with a 145 yard night against Michigan in the Orange Bowl. On draft night, Cook tumbled into the 2nd round because of multiple shoulder injuries and a concerning off-the-field record. The Vikings were happy to snag Cook after trading down with the Bengals (who took Joe Mixon). Cook has some flaws to his game which he'll have to overcome in the pros (13 career fumbles), but he represents a serious upgrade in production and talent for Minnesota. He's drawn rave reviews from none other than head coach Mike Zimmer, who rarely puffs his players up with smoke, calling his rooker runner "special" at several points this offseason. Cook has benefitted from Latavius Murray missing time due to an ankle injury, and has made the most of it. But, while he is currently the de facto early down workhorse, the Vikes invested a decent chunk of change in Murray, and still have 3rd down specialist Jerick McKinnon in need of touches. It's certainly possible Cook's talent wins out in the end, but I get the sick feeling that this situation is headed for a three-headed monster scenario. In Dynasty leagues, Cook is a fantastic pick, but he definitely loses value in redraft leagues. Without a majority of touches on a limited offense, Cook could struggle to turn out anything better than RB3/FLEX value. Draft him with upside in mind.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Dalvin Cook
RB2RB2 Latavius Murray
RB3RB3 Jerick McKinnon
RB4RB4 Bishop Sankey
Vikings Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Dalvin Cook, bright spot in Vikings loss
Vikings RB on the rise
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Aug 19, 8:30 am

Minnesota Vikings
RB Dalvin Cook: Cook broke arm tackles on his way to picking up 33 yards on three consecutive carries against the Seahawks, showing off his combination of power and elusiveness once he finds a seam. Cook’s production came behind a patchwork offensive line that expects to return two of its starters - Alex Boone and Riley Reiff - for the next preseason game on Aug. 27. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Cook's averaged draft position has been on the rise over the last week and half after seeing extensive action with the first team offense through two pre-season games. With an ADP of 3.09 (RB16) you'll need to consider him in Round 3 if you're drafting this weekend.

Injury Dalvin Cook still favorite to win RB job
Latavius Murray "behind the 8-ball" because of injury
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 1, 11:05 am

Minnesota Vikings
With rookie Dalvin Cook looking good, Latavius Murray is behind in the race to be the Vikings’ starting running back. Following March 22 surgery on his right ankle, Murray sat out spring drills and has been on the physically unable to perform list since he was eligible July 24 to participate in his first practice at training camp. (Pioneer Press)

FFToday's Take: “It’s very frustrating to not be a part of what the guys got going on,” Murray said Monday. “I know I’m behind the 8-ball. That’s the most frustrating part.” Murray has never exactly been the prototypical workhorse back and Cook is running the majority of plays with the first team. Cook himself is reluctant to say he's the leading candidate to replace Adrian Peterson, but he makes sense as the first Vikings Rb off the board in fantasy drafts.

Zimmer: Dalvin Cook could be "special"
HC sings the praises of rookie RB
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jun 15, 5:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook has yet to run in pads for the Minnesota Vikings, and it will be some time before coaches begin to establish a pecking order for a backfield that hasn't really needed one for the better part of a decade. But Cook's early work has coach Mike Zimmer believing the Vikings might have a unique player on their hands. "I think he's got a chance to be special. ... I just think this guy has got a chance to be pretty good. Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring," Zimmer said. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Latavius Murray's offseason ankle surgery is costing him an opportunity to make an early impression, while Jerick McKinnon doesn't seem to be getting much of a chance to compete for a starting spot. With that said, Zimmer's praise is notable because he usually does not engage in hyperbole. Cook regularly flashed playmaking ability at Florida State and should emerge as the lead back at the very least early this season.

Injury Latavius Murray has walking boot removed
Available at some point during training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Jun 1, 11:39 am

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings running back Latavius Murray is keeping his goals modest as he recovers from ankle surgery. Murray had his walking boot removed Tuesday, 10 weeks following March 22 surgery on his right ankle, and was able to walk around freely Wednesday during an organized team activities session. “The goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point,” Murray said. “Right now, everything is pointing toward that. I’m just going to trust the process and not rush the process.” (Pioneer Press)

FFToday's Take: Murray's recovery from ankle surgery seems to be on track but he's going to be playing catchup when he finally gets on the field. Rookie Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon are also expected to be in the running back mix this season. Right now, the rookie has in the inside track to being the RB to own in the Minnesota backfield.

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