Dalvin Cook Sheds Knee Brace at Vikings Camp, Says he is “Ahead of Schedule”

A healthy Dalvin Cook hopes to return to his pre-injury form in 2018.

Few players lit the fantasy football world on fire last season like Dalvin Cook. Unfortunately, a torn ACL in Week 4 flicked out his flame early.  However, now that Vikings training camp has started, Cook has been going 100% without a brace. When asked how his knee felt, Cook even said he is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab. 

Last season, Cook came out swinging! He set the Vikings rookie debut rushing record after racking up 127 yards on 22 attempts. In fact, Cook was on pace for a blistering, patriotic 1,776 yards from scrimmage, putting him in the same tier as fellow rookie Kareem Hunt. The Florida State product was averaging 4.8 YPC and was an active part of the passing game as well. Given the increase in usage Cook was getting — averaging 20 carries in his final two games before going down — it is reasonable to expect that rate to hold, if not increase.

Cook doesn’t seem to be shying away from any workload. “I’m ready to deliver it,” he said.  The running back seems to feel very little concern about his health and the team showed faith by letting back-up running back Jerick McKinnon walk in the off-season. Given Cook’s clean bill of health and likely increase in opportunity, look for his fantasy stock to take a slight uptick going forward. Cook currently has an ADP around 1.12 to 2.01, which is right where we have him ranked.


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