On this week’s installment of the top five fantasy options for the Minnesota Vikings, we look at another running back. Up to this point, we have already listed Latavius Murray, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph.
The number two spot goes to a rookie running back with big-play potential and high expectations. The Vikings traded up in the draft to get Dalvin Cook, and now he needs to prove that was worth the risk.
Number 2: Dalvin Cook
Cook was selected 41st overall in the NFL Draft after the Vikings traded with the Bengals to move up. The rookie will now how to fill the hole left by Adrian Peterson along with the aforementioned Murray.
It would make sense for Murray and Cook to split carries near the goal-line, but Murray’s size and experience will likely get him more of those looks. Check out the Murray post here for more about his red zone rushing.
As for Cook, it would be more likely that he gets the bulk of the carries in the middle of field, given his speed and breakaway potential. He can also line up in the slot and catch passes out of the backfield if needed. The best way for the Vikings to replace Peterson was to find versatile backs, and they did just that.
Dalvin Cook may not start right away, but he should be the leading rusher on the team by the end of the year. His fantasy value will continue to rise throughout the season (especially in PPR leagues) and he will be a contender for rookie of the year.
Touches will come Cook’s way, and touchdowns will come along with them. Vikings’ fans should be excited about the future of the offense, regardless of who is at quarterback.