The Florida State product, Dalvin Cook, has been a hot topic of discussion in the fantasy football world this offseason. Personnel changes, coaching additions, among other things, have given us reason to believe that Cook may be one of this years biggest value picks.
Cook had plenty of hype circling him before and during his rookie season. He was expected to be a beast for the Vikings and take the place of Latavius Murray. His rookie season was then cut short by a knee injury after a small sample size of what he may be able to produce.
Cook had a decent season last year, although he still missed five games. He racked up 615 yards rushing on 133 carries to go with two TD’s as well as 40 receptions for 305 yards and two more TD’s. With Latavius Murray on his way out, and a new offensive assistant in Gary Kubiak, we may see an uptick in numbers for Cook next season.
Kubiak runs a zone-blocking scheme. He has helped produce massive numbers for running backs such as Clinton Portis, Steve Slaton, and Arian Foster. Although not the offensive coordinator, Kubiak will have plenty of say in what happens with the offense. He has produced RB1’s in his system for years, and I feel like this is the perfect situation for Cook.
One of the only downfalls to Cook is his injury history. He can’t seem to stay on the field as consistently as we’d like him to, but if he can get a full season under his belt, he has top-five RB potential.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Cook has an ADP of 2.08, or the eighth pick in the second round. He’s being drafted ahead of players such as Leonard Fournette, Marlon Mack, and Keenan Allen. If Cook slips into the third round of your draft, it’s hard not to draft his potential. I would draft Cook over Marlon Mack, Zach Ertz, and Adam Thielen. Players I would draft ahead of Cook might be David Johnson, Joe Mixon, and Mike Evans.
Go ahead and draft Cook in the second round, but be weary of his risk. If healthy, he could help lead your team to a championship.
2019 Stat Projection: 290/1,325/12 rushing and 45/340/2 receiving