Matthew Berry Gives 2019 Fantasy Outlook on Dalvin Cooks' 24th Birthday

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For a few short weeks in 2017, Dalvin Cook set the fantasy football world on fire. In the first three games of his career, Cook averaged 96.0 rushing yards per game while averaging 4.72 yards per carry. Unfortunately, an ACL tear prematurely ended his rookie season in Week 4.

While many fantasy owners had high hopes for Cook in 2018, he didn't exactly deliver. He didn't look nearly as explosive as he was in 2017, and Minnesota's leaky offensive line certainly didn't help matters. However, as fantasy expert Matthew Berry points out, there are some signs that could point to a big year in 2019.

Cook has played 15 games across two seasons in the NFL. He's received at least 13 touches in seven of those games, but he's been really effective in such contests, averaging 19 fantasy points per game. The only RB to average more than 18.8 fantasy points per game in 2018 was Todd Gurley, so if Cook's workload improves, he could have a monster season.

Additionally, the Vikings bolstered their offensive line this offseason, drafting Garrett Bradbury in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Last season, Vikings' RBs were stuffed on 21.5 percent of their rushing attempts, which was the eighth-worst mark in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders.

If Cook's usage increases, and the Vikings' offensive line takes a step forward, Minnesota's third-year RB could have legitimate top-five fantasy upside this season.

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