Dalvin Cook Injury Update Significantly Boosts Alexander Mattison Fantasy Outlook in Week 6
It's looking like the Minnesota Vikings are going to be without Dalvin Cook for their Week 6 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Cook suffered a groin injury that knocked him out of the team's Week 5 tilt with the Seattle Seahawks, and he was not able to practice on Wednesday.
With Cook likely sidelined this week, Vikings' backup running back Alexander Mattison has a chance to return RB1 value on Sunday.
Dalvin Cook Injury Update
Cook had reportedly been trending toward missing Week 5 even before he missed Wednesday's practice, so his absence certainly doesn't come as a shock. At this point it would be a huge surprise if he played this weekend.
Minnesota is on bye in Week 7, so his fantasy managers will have to make due without him for the next two weeks, but consecutive weeks off should help him get back to full health by Week 8.
Alexander Mattison Fantasy Outlook
As for Cook's backup, it's not a stretch to think he could finish as a top-10 RB on Sunday. Mattison shined in relief of Cook on Sunday night, turning 23 opportunities (20 carries plus 3 targets) into 136 yards from scrimmage.
He should benefit from a really soft matchup against Atlanta. The Falcons are the league's fifth-worst defense, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and they're currently surrendering the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.
The only tricky thing with picking up Mattison is that he'll likely only be a valuable commodity for one week. If you're a Cook manager or in need of a short-term boost at RB, Mattison is a no-brainer off the waiver wire. Just don't expect anything out of him once Cook is back in the lineup.
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