News: 1 day agoCook collected 63 yards and a rushing touchdown on 14 carries, while also corralling both of his targets for eight receiving yards during Sunday's 28-11 loss to Indianapolis.
Spin: Cook had averaged 17.5 carries per game over his past 15 regular-season outings entering Week 2, but the Vikings were less able to lean on the team's Pro Bowl back down the stretch, having fallen into a 15-point deficit by the 9:27 mark of the third quarter. The Colts' lead would only balloon from there, leaving Cook with a workload of 16 or fewer offensive touches for the third consecutive game. Despite just 119 scrimmage yards to his name thus far this season, Cook's fantasy value has been largely salvaged by his three touchdowns -- each of which has come via a goal-line rush attempt. The star back may get it going in the yardage department in Week 3, when the Vikings take on a Titans defense that surrendered 165 team rush yards to Jacksonville on Sunday.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Cook's career has thus far been marred by injuries, but we saw a glimpse of his ceiling during a breakout 2019 campaign. Through Week 14, Cook led the league in rushing touchdowns and trailed only Christian McCaffrey in fantasy points. Cook missed two games and chunks of others but still finished no lower than ninth among backs in carries, receptions, touches, scrimmage yards and touchdowns. Cook's 15 carries inside the 5 were third most in the league, and he scored at least one touchdown in 11 of 14 games. Cook has now missed 19 games because of injury in three seasons, but there's no doubt the 24-year-old is positioned well as run-heavy Minnesota's primary back. He's a strong RB1 despite the durability concerns.