Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Minnesota Vikings
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Cook once again did not suit up for a full schedule, missing Week 6 last year with a minor groin strain before leaving the team in Week 17 after the death of his father, but his production when he was on the field was phenomenal. He finished second in the league in rushing yards and rushing TDs, behind only Derrick Henry, and no back saw more carries inside the five-yard line or broke more tackles than Cook. His combination of strength, elusiveness and breakaway speed makes him perhaps the most dangerous pure runner in the NFL, and while Cook doesn't have the route-running ability of some other three-down backs, he's recorded at least 40 receptions in three consecutive seasons, proving capable as a pass catcher. The circumstances around him remain extremely favorable as well. The offensive line figures to get better with Ezra Cleveland and Garrett Bradbury solidifying the middle, while coach Mike Zimmer is still predisposed to a ground-and-pound gameplan. New offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak did come up through the ranks focused on the passing game, but his father Gary was no stranger to dominant rushing attacks during his coaching career. One of these years Cook is going to play 16 games, and 2,000-plus scrimmage yards likely will follow. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract with the Vikings in September of 2020.
Posts TD, fumble in Week 1 loss
RBMinnesota Vikings
September 12, 2021
Cook rushed 20 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals. He added six catches for 43 yards on seven targets but also lost a costly fumble.
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The Bengals did a good job of containing Cook for most of the game, but he still managed to find the end zone from one yard out with 10:07 remaining in the fourth quarter to pull his team within three. That touchdown was unfortunately overshadowed by a costly fumble on Cincinnati's 38-yard line late in overtime. With Minnesota getting in range for a game-winning field-goal attempt, the Bengals instead capitalized on Cook's turnover to set up a game-winner of their own. The star running back will be motivated to make amends for his ill-timed mistake in Week 2 against the Cardinals.
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How do Dalvin Cook's 2021 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.
Broken Tackle %
25.0%
 
Positive Run %
65.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
49.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.5
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
26.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
44.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-11.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.19
 
% Team Air Yards
-3.6%
 
% Team Targets
14.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
85.7%
 
Drop Rate
14.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.0
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
49.1
 
Cornerbacks
46.8
 
Safeties
132.3
 
Linebackers
2.8
 
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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.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Cook stayed mostly healthy last season and as a result put together a career year, but his improved numbers were more than just a product of increased volume. The Florida State product solidified his standing as a three-down weapon, leading the league in carries inside the 5-yard line with 21 while also finishing second to Austin Ekeler in yards per target among running backs (8.2 YPT). Cook's burst through the hole and speed in the open field remain his greatest assets, and his well-rounded skill set keeps him on the field in most situations and makes him arguably the key figure in a Minnesota offense that finished third in the NFL with a 49.1 percent run-play rate. Despite the dynamic numbers, the 5-10, 210-pound Cook still is not completely free of his injury-prone reputation, as the team sat him for the final two games of the regular season while he nursed a shoulder injury, before he scored twice in an upset win over New Orleans in the opening round of the playoffs. With a competent backup available in Alexander Mattison, the Vikings likely will continue to keep a close eye on Cook's workload, and they might even decide to play hardball when it comes to negotiations on a long-term contract. Cook reported to training camp on time, but he may take limited reps in practice while the contract situation plays out.
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.
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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Spotted without helmet
RBMinnesota Vikings
August 21, 2021
Cook was seen without a helmet and wearing a mask prior to Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, Judd Zulgad of SKOR North Minneapolis reports.
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Candidate to see work Saturday
RBMinnesota Vikings
August 21, 2021
Cook is not listed among the players the Vikings indicated aren't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Held out along with other starters
RBMinnesota Vikings
August 14, 2021
Cook won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
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Aiming to play all 17 games
RBMinnesota Vikings
July 5, 2021
Cook told vikings.com's Gabe Henderson that his main goals for the upcoming season are to win a Super Bowl and play in every game.
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Won't play in Week 17
RBMinnesota Vikings
Personal
December 30, 2020
Cook (personal) won't play Sunday against the Lions, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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