Minnesota fans! Have no fear, for this will be your redemption year! And, it’s going to fall on the shoulders of none other than Dalvin Cook! Last year Cook was drafted high across all fantasy leagues and was believed to be a running back 1 (RB1) for most owners. Although his hamstring injury wasn’t as serious as his ACL tear the season prior, it did keep him out most of the season and left owners fooled for picking a running back with prior history of injury.
Dalvin Cook ended the 2018 season with 615 rushing yards, 4.6 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns. It wasn’t until week 12 when Cook reminded fantasy owners that he is an RB1. There are 3 important factors to consider here as you enter 2019 fantasy draft.
1) The Vikings waited for Cook to become fully healthy which payed off (unlike Fournette).
2) Mike Zimmer wants to make his team a run first offense, and it showed in the last few games.
3) The last and most important fact is that there is no more Latavius Murray. So, what does that mean for Cook? Well for one, it means the Vikings management fully believes he is healthy enough to be a running back workhorse for the team. As a result, all the goal line work will fall to him, which will make him a consistent fantasy producer. The early rankings show that Cook is the RB12 off the draft board behind guys like James Connor, Joe Mixon, and even David Johnson. In my opinion, Cook will have a breakout season and should be taken only after Melvin Gordon. Cook is young and healthy, he is also on a team that will never see a stacked box, and most importantly no timeshare.
Dalvin Cook will finish the season with 1300 yards and 11 touchdowns and 2 touchdowns through the air. He should be drafted as an RB1 across all formats and should go in the back end of the first round.
By - Gevorg Shakhmelikyan, Contributor
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