News: 5 days agoCook carried just six times for 17 yards and brought in four of six targets for 19 yards in the Vikings' 24-7 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Spin: Head coach Kevin O'Connell, a former quarterback, had seemed to dispel any fears he'd run an overly pass-centric offense in Week 1 when Cook logged 20 carries against the Packers, but matters were quite different Monday night. The star back was an afterthought despite the Vikings trailing by a manageable 17 points entering the second half, although he at least was modestly involved on the receiving end. Cook's usage versus Philadelphia should naturally prove to be an outlier as the season unfolds, however; moreover, fantasy managers should be optimistic about a Week 3 divisional home clash against a Lions team Cook's missed the last three games against, but that he eviscerated for 206 yards and two touchdowns the last time he saw them in Week 9 of the 2020 campaign.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Cook has been one of the top backs in fantasy over the last four seasons, but durability has been an issue and got the best of him in 2021. Cook missed four games (none consecutively) and has never appeared in more than 14 regular-season games in a single season. Cook still enjoyed plenty of volume (top 10 among RBs in touches and yards for the third straight season), but he took a major dive in the scoring department (six TDs after totaling 30 during 2019 and '20) and saw a career-low 3.7 targets per game. Cook is still in his prime at age 27, but his extensive missed time can't be ignored. He's a mid-range RB1.