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Dalvin Cook Fantasy Outlook Includes Rock-Solid RB1 Value

Max Staley
Dalvin Cook's fantasy football outlook has him as an RB1 in 2020.
Dalvin Cook's fantasy football outlook has him as an RB1 in 2020. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Dalvin Cook finally broke out last season. He racked up 1,135 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground, adding another 519 yards on 53 catches through the air. Even with the switch in offensive coordinators, Cook looks poised for another monster year and should be a top-five fantasy RB.

The only real downsides are injury concerns and on-going contract discussions, making him a little riskier than most top-five picks.

Dalvin Cook Fantasy Football Outlook

If Dalvin Cook plays 16 games, he's almost a lock to finish as a top-five back. He was the RB2 on a per-game basis in PPR formats last year, but he only played 14 games (ultimately finishing RB6).

With Stefon Diggs now playing for the Buffalo Bills, he might see even more volume than he got last year when he recorded 313 opportunities (carries plus targets). It's hard not to be bullish about Cook when he's on the field.

But that's been the issue with him. Cook has only played 29 of a potential 48 games since entering the league in 2017. Those injury concerns might be why he wants to lock up a longer contract with the Minnesota Vikings, but negotiations have reportedly reached an impasse.

There were rumors of a potential holdout earlier in the offseason, though Cook put those to bed by showing up to camp in incredible shape.

We have him ranked as the RB4 in our 2020 fantasy rankings, and he should have no problem returning value at that slot – provided he can stay on the field.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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