Dalvin Cook Injury Update Boosts Fantasy Outlook in Week 8

Max Staley
Dalvin Cook's injury update is good news for his Week 8 fantasy football outlook.
Dalvin Cook's injury update is good news for his Week 8 fantasy football outlook. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is set to return to practice on Wednesday. As expected, this puts him on track to play in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers.

Assuming all goes as planned and he suits up, Cook will be firmly back in the high-end RB1 conversation this weekend.

Dalvin Cook Fantasy Outlook

A matchup with this Packers' defense has been a goldmine for fantasy running backs this season.

Their run defense ranks in the bottom 12 of the league at No. 22 in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, surrendering a hefty 4.6 yards per carry (T-No. 20 in the NFL). And no one surrenders more PPR points per game to opposing RBs than Green Bay's 33.3.

That should obviously mean big things for Cook this weekend.

Prior to the Week 5 injury, Cook was turning 21.6 opportunities (18.8 carries plus 2.8 targets) into 116.0 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring 6 TDs through four games. That made him fantasy's RB3 with 93.4 PPR points in that time.

Assuming he's still handling the lion's share of the touches, Cook has a real shot to be the top-scoring player of the week in a matchup this juicy.

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