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Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 1 ISSUES: DALVIN COOK WORKLOAD MAKES HIS OUTLOOK UNPREDICTABLE

Heading into the preseason, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was a big fantasy football target given how great he looked the first four games of 2017 before a torn ACL interrupted the fun.  Despite the long layoff, many envisioned Cook being a RB 1 in all fantasy football formats and carrying even more appeal in PPR setups due to his terrific running/receiving ability.  Then the preseason games started and Cook was pretty much held out of all action as the Vikings made it an obvious point to limit his workload and take things slow given the ACL the previous season.  Even now with the opener just days away, Vikings beat reporters have openly said they are not sure whether or not Cook will be on a "pitch count" in terms of workload.  Add in the very capable Latavius Murray who remains in the picture and someone who could be a good goal-line back and Cook dropped into RB 2 status in the opinion of many. 

So where do we stand on this?  Count myself as someone who suggests trying to trade for Cook right this very moment before we get clarity on Week 1.  Even if Cook is babied in September, he will likely be getting the lion's share of work starting in October and through the end of the season.  As noted earlier, those in PPR formats need to be especially interested.  Cook has true RB 1 ability and he is absolutely capable of repeating what he did the first month of 2018.  So while he may be a bit risky in Week 1 compared to preseason expectations, Cook is still set to be a major weapon in all leagues. 


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