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Dalvin Cook started off his 2017 rookie campaign looking like a fantasy stud and a star in the making for the Vikings. Then came the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions, where Cook went down with what turned out to be a torn ACL, ending his season.
Fast forward to this week and all reports indicate Cook is 100% ready to go for Week 1.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on RB Dalvin Cook, who tore his ACL four games into 2017: He said Cook's foot quickness, acceleration are back to normal. "I think he's ready to roll," he said. #49ers obviously hoping for similar recovery for Jerick McKinnon.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 5, 2018
This should bring a sigh of relief for fantasy owners, who most likely drafted Cook without fully knowing the status of his health.
Dalvin Cook (@dalvincook) rookie highlights this season.— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) January 29, 2018
He's currently ranked as RB#10 on ESPN's consensus PPR fantasy football rankings for next season recovering from a torn ACL in week 4. pic.twitter.com/NWl0IfGKro
When healthy, Cook projects as a solid RB1 in most fantasy leagues. Although the offensive wizard who contributed to Cook's success last year, Pat Shurmur, has moved on to coach the Giants, the signing of Kirk Cousins should only help Cook's production.
Cook is the lead back and will play a role in the Vikings passing attack too. He had 16 targets through 4 games last year.
Kirk Cousins is used to involving his running backs in the passing game from Washington. It should be a seamless transition to Cook, who has more talent than any back Cousins had during his time on the Redskins.
The Vikings might choose to ease in Cook for the first couple games due to the nature of his injury, but even if he's sharing the backfield more than usual with Latavious Murray, that's no reason to keep him out of your starting lineup.
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