Dalvin Cook resting for two weeks might be what the Vikings need

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) /

Dalvin Cook may not play in Week 6 vs. the Atlanta Falcons due to injury.

There is a strong possibility that Minnesota Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook may be held out of Week 6’s home game vs. the winless Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Cook is dealing with an abductor strain. While he could play on Sunday, it would serve him and the Vikings long-term for him to sit this one out, get that Week 7 bye and be back ready to rock come Week 8.

The Fantasy Footballers have full faith in Cook’s backup Alexander Mattison to get the job done vs. a terrible Falcons team that just fired its head coach. While it may stink to not be able to start Cook in fantasy football potentially in either of the next two weeks, just know you don’t win your fantasy league in October, you win it in November and especially in the playoffs in December.

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Even though the Vikings are having a terrible year themselves, they’re still better than the Falcons, who are now in the mix to potentially draft Matt Ryan‘s replacement at quarterback. Yes, it has been that bad of a season for Arthur Blank’s football team. Though interim head coach Raheem Morris may present a better overall strategy down the stretch, Minnesota has nothing to fear.

This would be the week to start Alexander Mattison if he’s on your roster.

For those who spent a high draft pick on Cook in their fantasy league, you might be pulling your hair out because he’s not likely to play in Week 6 and will be on bye in Week 7 anyway. You picked him when you did to be your bona fide RB1 bell-cow and be the reason you win your respective league. However, you know darn well that injuries are part of the game, so you’ll have to adjust.

Though Cook could potentially have had a field day on this flightless Dirty Birds defense at home, you have to understand that him putting up over 20 fantasy points in Week 6 won’t have the same effect as he would in the first or second round of your fantasy playoffs several weeks from now. Who knows how good the Vikings will be at that stage of the season? They might be way out of it.

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What is important is having this recently paid star running back as close to full strength as he can be once the leaves really start to fall off the trees. So your best bet this weekend is to pick up Mattison if he’s available in your league or start someone off your bench in place of Cook, albeit reluctantly. It stinks, but you need to lose the battle now to hopefully win the fantasy war later on.