Dalvin Cook Could Be Undervalued in Fantasy Football as Vikings Bell Cow RB

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 23: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in the first half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 23, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Third-year Vikings running back Dalvin Cook received a lot of praise after impressing as a rookie in four games before tearing his ACL, but the industry has been relatively quiet on him in 2019. Although, as we head into fantasy draft season for 2019, Cook's potential in the Vikings' offense could mean he is being undervalued in fantasy football.

Cook is a running back that can do it all. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, get the short yardage on the goal line, and most importantly, run the ball well and often. We know the Vikings want to run the football more. Head coach Mike Zimmer fired his offensive coordinator last season because he wouldn't take a run-heavy approach, despite having the 23rd-ranked run-blocking offensive line.

The Vikings line has improved this offseason, which obviously helps Cook and keeps him on the field, with injuries being his only true criticism.

Still, he remains a shifty back, averaging the eighth-most evaded tackles last season, with six per game. Cook has also averaged 14.89 fantasy points per game in his 15-game career. This average would have him ranked as the RB12 on a per-game basis last season.

Cook has had few games in the NFL where he has played fully healthy, which is a concern, but we cannot predict injuries. He is currently being drafted as RB11, according to FantasyPros' Average Draft Position (ADP) rankings, but this is a ranking he very well could surpass if he stays on the field in 2019.

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