Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cook's return from a torn ACL in his rookie season didn't go according to plan. Rather than proving he could handle the rigors of the NFL, he strained his hamstring Week 2 and missed five of the next six games, not looking 100 percent healthy until late in the season. The Vikings were forced to give Latavius Murray more snaps than they planned, and Cook now heads into 2019 having played 15 of 32 games, totaling a respectable but not fantastic 1,364 scrimmage yards. When healthy, he's flashed a three-down skill set, showing solid receiving ability and good burst and speed on the ground, but until he demonstrates he can handle a big workload he'll be hard to trust. Minnesota promoted from within for its new offensive coordinator, handing the job to QB coach Kevin Stefanski, so don't expect big changes to scheme or Cook's role. The offense will flow through Kirk Cousins, but the Vikings at least gave Cook a vote of confidence by allowing Murray to depart for New Orleans, leaving little in the way of established backup talent behind their third-year starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $6.35 million contract with the Vikings in May of 2017.
Joined by rookie Mattison
RBMinnesota Vikings
April 29, 2019
Cook will be joined by third-round pick Alexander Mattison in the Minnesota backfield, Eric Smith of the team's official website reports.
The 2019 NFL Draft brought good news for Cook's fantasy value, as the Vikings used their first-round pick on center/guard Garrett Bradbury and then waited until No. 102 overall to draft a potential replacement for Latavius Murray (Saints). The team's shaky backup situation can be interpreted as a vote of confidence in Cook, who closed out last season with 520 scrimmage yards, 21 catches and three touchdowns in five December games. There may be some concern about the 221-pound Mattison stealing goal-line carries, but Cook is locked in for heavy workloads if he can just stay healthy.
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How do Dalvin Cook's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
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% Team Targets
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Drop Rate
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2018 Dalvin Cook Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Dalvin Cook's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
210 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
Shuttle Time
4.53 sec
Cone Drill
7.27 sec
Vertical Jump
30.5 in
Broad Jump
116 in
Bench Press
22 reps
Hand Length
9.25 in
Arm Length
32.38 in
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Mock Draft Musings: Standard Edition
62 days ago
Logan Larson couldn't pass on the upside of getting Todd Gurley at No. 10 overall, but Logan does wonder what might've been if he'd taken a slightly different approach.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Through the first month last season, Cook looked every bit the part of a true three-down back, piling up 444 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns, 4.8 YPC and four runs of 20 yards or more through his first 14 NFL quarters, but then he blew out his knee just after halftime in Week 4. The silver lining is that his injury happened early in the season, so he should be healthy for the start of the 2018 campaign. The Vikings certainly are counting on it after allowing Jerick McKinnon to leave for San Francisco in free agency. Assuming he's healthy, Cook has every tool you could want in a No. 1 RB. He has the patience to allow holes to develop, the vision and burst to hit them before they close, and the speed and elusiveness to do damage once he hits the second level. His receiving and blocking skills are good enough to keep him on the field in passing situations, and at 5-11, 213, he has the size and strength to handle goal-line duties as well. With Kirk Cousins coming over from Washington and former Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo taking over as coordinator, the Vikings are likely to focus more on their passing attack, but that isn't necessarily a bad sign for Cook's touch volume. The stability of his knee is a greater concern than his role, even after he managed limited participation in team drills at OTAs in May and June.
Hugely productive at Florida State, Cook saw his draft stock tumble due to off-field concerns and some ball security issues, but the Vikings snapped him up in the second round anyway as their potential replacement for Adrian Peterson. Cook looks the part of a lead back at 5-10, 213, and while his speed and elusiveness make him dangerous in the open field, his patience and ability to set up would-be tacklers are his best assets. Those traits may not play as well as they could in Minnesota, however. The Vikings' offensive line was terrible in 2016, and while they did attempt to bolster the unit in the offseason by signing tackle Riley Reiff away from the Lions and selecting Ohio State center Pat Elflein in the third round, Cook's vision and guile may not help him much if he's dodging defenders in the backfield instead of on the other side of the line of scrimmage. The club also signed former Raiders lead back Latavius Murray, who was expected to compete with the rookie for the starting role but was still recovering from offseason ankle surgery when training camp opened. It's not out of the question Cook ends up as the most productive NFL back from a stacked 2017 draft class.
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Stymied on ground
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 30, 2018
Cook rushed 11 times for 39 yards and brought in four of five targets for 21 yards in the Vikings' 24-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
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Eclipses 100 scrimmage yards
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 23, 2018
Cook rushed 16 times for 73 yards and caught all three of his targets for 35 more in Sunday's 27-9 win over the Lions.
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Dominates Dolphins
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 16, 2018
Cook rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while hauling in one of two targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Dolphins.
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Scores in garbage time
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 10, 2018
Cook rushed 13 times for 55 yards and caught five of seven targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seahawks.
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Workload increase not guaranteed
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 7, 2018
Though Cook is back to full health after missing five games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury, coach Mike Zimmer was unwilling to commit to the running back reclaiming a workload on par with what he received in 2017, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "We'll see. Every game is different," Zimmer said, in response to how extensively Cook would be used Sunday against the Seahawks. "Every game is different. This team plays a lot of extra guy in the box, so we'll just have to see."
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