News: 7 days agoCook rushed 20 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals. He added six catches for 43 yards on seven targets but also lost a costly fumble.
Spin: The Bengals did a good job of containing Cook for most of the game, but he still managed to find the end zone from one yard out with 10:07 remaining in the fourth quarter to pull his team within three. That touchdown was unfortunately overshadowed by a costly fumble on Cincinnati's 38-yard line late in overtime. With Minnesota getting in range for a game-winning field-goal attempt, the Bengals instead capitalized on Cook's turnover to set up a game-winner of their own. The star running back will be motivated to make amends for his ill-timed mistake in Week 2 against the Cardinals.
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.