News: 5 days agoCook (ankle) rushed 29 times for 140 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for three yards in Sunday's 34-28 overtime win over Carolina.
Spin: Cook was able to return after missing just one game (second overall) from a nagging ankle injury, which was great news for his fantasy managers considering the Vikings' bye is next week. The Vikings opting to deploy the star back right before a would-be extra week of rest bodes well for the overall health of the ankle, as if his stellar performance on the field wasn't proof enough. Now with some extra down time on tap, Cook could be in store for a strong stretch of production when the Vikings return to action in Week 8 against the Cowboys.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Cook returns as the feature back in Minnesota after a 2020 campaign in which he posted a career-best second-place finish in fantasy points among RBs. Despite missing two games, Cook ranked second at the position in carries, touches, scrimmage yards and TDs. His 22 carries inside the opponent's 5-yard line topped the NFL. Cook has finished top-three in fantasy points per game each of the past two seasons, but durability continues to elude him. He's missed at least two games in all four of his NFL seasons. Of course, when you're performing at an elite level, some missed time is tolerable. Cooks remains a top-three fantasy RB in a Vikings' offense that finished fifth in the NFL in TDs last season.