Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #33
Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #33
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Only plays first half

Cook rushed 11 times for 37 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Bears. He also caught his only target for no gain.

Analysis: Cook's involvement was limited to the first half, as the Vikings decided to rest their offensive starters after halftime. While that situation opened the door for backup Alexander Mattison to rush 10 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns, Cook didn't have his best performance prior to being rested, as he was held under 40 rushing yards for the second straight week and lost his fourth fumble of the campaign. Nonetheless, Cook figures to reclaim his leading tailback role once Minnesota takes the field in the playoffs.

Jan 8, 2023 1:36 PM EST


May not play full game

Head coach Kevin O'Connell intimated Friday that Cook and other key starters on offense and defense may not play the entirety of the Vikings' Week 18 game in Chicago, Joe Nelson of SI.com reports. "We've got a pretty clear cut plan with how we want to go about the whole game, but we're going to go in with the expectation of our guys going and try to get off to a good start and play good football," O'Connell said.

Analysis: Minnesota is assured no worse than the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs regardless of how this weekend's games transpire, but since the Vikings will need a win over the Bears plus a Cardinals win over the heavily-favored 49ers to climb to the No. 2 seed, O'Connell may not have much incentive to expose key players to an injury heading into the wild-card round. While Cook and all of the Vikings' other starting skill-position players look poised to play at least one series, the uncertainty of whether they'll play much beyond makes it tough to rely on any in Week 18 season-long or DFS lineups.

Jan 6, 2023 3:05 PM EST



Stifled by Green Bay

Cook carried the ball nine times for 27 yards and caught two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: The Vikings lost two offensive linemen to injuries early in the game, absences which contributed to Cook failing to get anything going on the ground. It was his worst performance since Week 2 against the Eagles, and with Minnesota having nothing but playoff seeding on the line in Week 18's matchup with the Bears, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Cook get some extra rest and cede touches to Alexander Mattison.

Jan 1, 2023 8:50 PM EST


Can't get going in win

Cook carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards and caught three of four targets for 13 yards in Saturday's 27-24 win over the Giants.

Analysis: New York held the running back relatively in check, keeping Cook out of the end zone for the first time since Week 12, but he still reached 70 scrimmage yards for the 11th time in 15 games. The 27-year-old is 113 scrimmage yards short of 1,500 for the season, a figure he'll look to reach in Week 17 against the Packers.

Dec 24, 2022 4:46 PM EST


Forces OT with long TD catch

Cook rushed 17 times for 95 yards and caught all four of his targets for another 95 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 39-36 overtime win over the Colts. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Cook racked up 40 yards on his first carry but then had the ball stripped on the next play for his third lost fumble of the season and second in the last two games. On the next possession, Cook was stuffed on 4th and inches from his own 31. Minnesota trailed 33-0 at halftime but used a full team effort to overcome the hefty deficit, with Cook contributing a 64-yard touchdown catch with the Vikings down eight and 2:15 left in the fourth quarter. The Vikings completed the largest comeback in NFL history with a field goal in overtime. Cook should continue to lead Minnesota's backfield in Week 16 against the Giants.

Dec 17, 2022 2:23 PM EST



Limited success in loss

Cook rushed 15 times for 23 yards and a touchdown and secured one of two targets for 13 yards in the Vikings' 34-23 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Cook appeared to be on his way to a productive day when he capped off a 10-play, 75-yard march late in the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown rush, but the rest of his afternoon was a study in frustration. Cook found running room at a premium against a quietly improving Lions rush defense, leaving him with his second-lowest yardage tally of the season. The talented back will aim to make up for the lackluster day and get into the end zone for a third straight game in a Saturday afternoon home matchup versus the Colts in Week 15.

Dec 11, 2022 2:53 PM EST


Scores seventh touchdown

Cook rushed the ball 20 times for 86 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Jets. He added two receptions for minus-three yards.

Analysis: Cook bounced back from a couple of subpar performances with a relatively efficient game. His effort was highlighted by a four-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to tally his seventh rushing score of the season. Cook also chipped in a 21-yard gain on the ground, only his fourth rush of more than 20 yards on the campaign. In addition to the encouraging performance, Cook's workload remains very steady, as he has seen at least 17 carries in three of his last five games.

Dec 4, 2022 2:44 PM EST


Bottled up in Week 12 win

Cook rushed 22 times for 42 yards and brought in four of five targets for 14 yards in the Vikings' 33-26 win over the Patriots on Thursday night.

Analysis: Cook's final rushing line underscores how rough the sledding on the ground was for him against a Patriots defense that had been elite against the run in recent games. Cook's long run went for only six yards, although he helped avoid a complete fantasy washout for fantasy managers in PPR formats by tying his second-highest catch total of the season. Cook's next assignment doesn't project as much more appealing, either, as he'll face the tough Jets defense in a Week 13 home matchup a week from Sunday.

Nov 24, 2022 8:55 PM EST


Leads team with 72 yards

Cook rushed 11 times for 72 yards and failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 40-3 blowout loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: It was a game to forget for the Vikings as a whole, who were blown out so badly that the starters were pulled in the fourth quarter. Cook was the only player to find success offensively with a healthy average of 6.5 yards per carry. The 27-year-old will boast a strong 156/799/6 rushing line into Thursday's holiday matchup against the Patriots.

Nov 20, 2022 6:10 PM EST


Races for 81-yard TD in OT win

Cook rushed 14 times for 119 yards and one touchdown while catching three of five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 33-30 overtime win over the Bills.

Analysis: Cook was bottled up in the first half but broke free for an 81-yard touchdown run to pull the Vikings within 10 in the third quarter. He later helped Minnesota work its way down the field for a go-ahead field goal in overtime with rushes of 10, nine and 10 yards. That field goal coupled with a game-clinching interception by the defense improved the Vikings' record to 8-1 heading into a Week 11 home game against the Cowboys. Cook's touchdown was his fifth rushing score in the last five games.

Nov 13, 2022 2:30 PM EST


Gets receiving TD in win

Cook rushed 17 times for 47 yards and brought in two of six targets for nine yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 20-17 win over the Commanders on Sunday.

Analysis: Cook had a difficult time finding any running room against a stingy Commanders front, but he still found a way to make an impact via a nifty 12-yard scoring grab down the left sideline midway through the fourth quarter. The versatile back's rushing yardage total was his lowest since Week 2, but the receiving score was his first of the season and helped salvage the otherwise underwhelming fantasy day. Cook has another unenviable matchup on tap in Week 10, as the Vikings travel to Buffalo to face the Bills.

Nov 6, 2022 2:56 PM EST


Racks up 141 total yards, TD in win

Cook rushed 20 times for 111 yards and a touchdown and brought in five of six targets for 30 yards in the Vikings' 34-26 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Analysis: Cook turned in the best all-around performance of any Vikings skill player, generating his first 100-yard game of 2022 and a season high in receptions and receiving yards in the process. The star back also scored his fourth rushing touchdown in the last three games with a four-yard run in the third quarter to extend Minnesota's lead to two possessions at the time. Cook next faces a stingy Commanders run defense on the road in a Week 9 battle.

Oct 30, 2022 2:23 PM EST


Salvages day with long TD

Cook rushed 13 times for 77 yards and a touchdown and brought in his only target for six yards in the Vikings' 24-16 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Cook was having a positively pedestrian day against an active Dolphins run defense until he shook loose for a 53-yard touchdown run two plays after the defense recovered a Jaylen Waddle fumble late in the fourth quarter. The score, Cook's fourth of the year overall, turned out to be the difference in the game after Miami scored a late touchdown, and the yardage tally was Cook's fourth straight of greater than 70 yards. He'll aim to finally eclipse the century mark when the Vikings return to action for an Oct. 30, Week 8 home matchup versus the Cardinals following a Week 7 bye.

Oct 16, 2022 2:42 PM EST


Scores twice in win

Cook rushed 18 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 29-22 win over the Bears. He also caught both of his targets for 27 yards.

Analysis: Cook opened the scoring with a one-yard plunge during the first quarter, before punching in a five-yard touchdown to begin the second. Along with totaling his third game with at least 90 yards on the ground, Cook's couple catches helped him set a season high for scrimmage yards thus far. With his performance contributing toward the Vikings now sitting in first place in the NFC North, Cook approaches Week 6's matchup versus the Dolphins in fine form.

Oct 9, 2022 1:02 PM EST


Chips in 86 total yards

Cook rushed the ball 20 times for 76 yards in Sunday's 28-25 win over the Saints. He added two receptions for 10 yards.

Analysis: Cook overcame a shoulder injury to account for 20 of the 25 carries out of the Minnesota backfield. He wasn't particularly explosive but did tally two rushes of more than 10 yards. While his production was mediocre, Alexander Mattison and Justin Jefferson both scored touchdowns from inside the 20-yard line, denying Cook a chance to reach the end zone. Cook has managed at least 85 total yards in three of four games this season but has only one touchdown.

Oct 2, 2022 10:14 AM EST


Off injury report entirely

Cook is off Minnesota's injury report Friday and will play Sunday versus the Saints, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Cook returned to practice full Thursday, and he won't be required to miss any time despite suffering a dislocated shoulder Week 3. The veteran running back isn't unfamiliar with such injuries, or playing with a harness to protect his shoulder, and he's previously displayed an ability to do so without requiring a lessened workload. In any case, fantasy managers can safely consider Cook on track for his usual top running back role Sunday versus New Orleans in London.

Sep 30, 2022 9:03 AM EST


Practices fully, should play Week 4

Cook (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After being diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder following last week's win over the Lions, Cook looked to be in legitimate danger of missing time, but his ability to practice fully Thursday largely assuages those fears. Though Cook is now on track to suit up Sunday in New Orleans, he'll be playing with a harness to protect the dislocated shoulder. Cook isn't unfamiliar with playing through the injury, most notably doing so last season following a one-game absence and proceeding to log 27 carries for 205 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 14 win over the Steelers. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect Cook to reach those lofty heights again this weekend, but he should at least be able to handle his usual lead role while Alexander Mattison serves as his top complement.

Sep 29, 2022 12:01 PM EST


Spotted at practice Thursday

Cook (shoulder) was present for Thursday's practice,Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Seifert, the Cook wasn't doing much during the portion of the practice open to the media, so it remains to be seen how the Vikings officially report his participation level. The team's top running back, who didn't practice Wednesday, is considered day-to-day ahead of Sunday's game against the Saints in London.

Sep 29, 2022 10:21 AM EST


Not practicing, day-to-day

Cook (shoulder) won't practice Wednesday and is still considered day-to-day, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Both Cook and coach Kevin Stefanski referred to the running back as day-to-day before Wednesday's practice, with Cook saying the Vikings would "figure it out" come Sunday (perhaps hinting at a game-time decision). It's not the first time he's dealt with a subluxed left shoulder, and while it cost him a game last season, the Vikings hope Cook can face the Saints in London this Sunday while wearing a harness. If not, Alexander Mattison will take over the starting job and most of the backfield work.

Sep 28, 2022 11:24 AM EST


Deemed day-to-day

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said Monday that Cook is considered day-to-day, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Per Tomasson, Cook has a subluxed shoulder injury, which mean's it's in and out of the socket of the socket. Cook has dealt with this injury in the past, sitting out Week 13 last season. This time around, there's hope that Cook will wear a harness that'll allow him to play through the issue. However, his activity level in practice this week will likely provide further clarity on the issue. If the star running back is unable to suit up for next Sunday's contest in London, Alexander Mattison would be the primary beneficiary.

Sep 26, 2022 12:59 PM EST


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