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Dalvin Cook Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook, Boosts Alexander Mattison Ahead of Week 4

Devon Platana
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook's injury update clouds his fantasy outlook while providing Alexander Mattison with a boost ahead of Week 4.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook's injury update clouds his fantasy outlook while providing Alexander Mattison with a boost ahead of Week 4. / AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King

Fantasy managers were given a scare over the weekend when Dalvin Cook suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Minnesota Viking's victory. The veteran running back was removed from the game and didn't return after being replaced by backup Alexander Mattison.

With Cook being a first-round pick in the majority of fantasy leagues, a lengthy injury could derail many fantasy seasons. Fortunately, that isn't the case for now.

Dalvin Cook Injury Update

NFL insider Tom Pelissero reports that Cook is expected to be fine despite his dislocated shoulder. The 27-year-old has been playing with a torn labrum for a few years now, occasionally wearing a harness to keep his shoulder in place — something he's expected to do in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints.

While Cook is considered day-to-day for now, there's no guarantee that he'll play in London on Sunday. As a result, his cloud fantasy outlook could provide Mattison with a considerable boost.

Dalvin Cook Fantasy Outlook

Cook was having a productive game before dislocating his shoulder. He had amassed 13.6 PPR fantasy points against the Detroit Lions, which is good enough for the RB16 rank ahead of this week's Monday Night Football matchup.

As mentioned before, Cook has dealt with shoulder issues for a few years now. The issue often flared up during the 2021 campaign, however, he was able to battle through most of the pain, still managing to suit up in 13 of his team's contests.

Even if Cook plays through his injury, he has a tough matchup against the Saints. New Orleans has allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to running backs so far. Having said that, the Miami, FL native has averaged 16.6 points in two career regular-season meetings with the Saints.

With his status being day-to-day, it's wise to follow up on Cook's situation over the next few days. After all, Sunday's Vikings-Saints matchup takes place in London, a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff time means managers must have their lineups prepared earlier than normal.

Alexander Mattison Fantasy Outlook

Of course, if Cook is forced to miss time, Mattison becomes the defacto No. 1 RB in Minnesota's backfield. The talented backup excelled following his counterpart's Week 3 exit, finishing with 11.4 points (RB24).

Mattison is largely seen as one of the NFL's top backups. He's stepped up in a big way whenever Cook has been sidelined, averaging 23.3 fantasy points in his last five games as the Vikings' starting running back.

If you're lucky enough to have Mattison and Cook misses Sunday's game, the former immediately soars to RB1/2 territory. Even against a tough matchup against the Saints, there's no reason to sit Mattison if he's the starter.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. 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.