Dalvin Cook
One of these years, Dalvin Cook is going to stay healthy and breakout. Cook is confident 2019 is his year (Harry How/Getty Images)

Dalvin Cook was one of my fantasy football darlings last year. His fantasy season was mostly ruined by injuries but he did come through during the fantasy playoffs helping me win a fantasy title. Injuries are what has been Cook’s problem thus far, not talent. Since 2017 when the Vikings drafted him, Cook has played just 15 games. Cook thinks a breakout season in on the way.

“Get back to being me,” Cook said, via video from the team. “Everything’s back on schedule. No more rehab. It’s just great. Get bigger. Get stronger. Get faster. Learn the game more. Lead the group. And just be me. Don’t try to be nobody else but be me. The ceiling is real high for me. Everything that I want is still in front of me. Everything that I can do is still in front of me. I’m capable of doing a lot of things, and I still haven’t scratched the surface yet. It’s just so funny because right now I’m just working on being out there for a full season. That’s the thing for me. It’s all about durability and being accountable for my teammates. That’s the thing I’ve been working on all offseason, working on all the little things and getting that done. I’m just excited about being back and being back to myself.”

Cook has 258 touches for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns in his two seasons. Latavius Murray also signed with the Saints this offseason so Cook is in line for a lion share of the touches. Cook is one of the most talented running backs in the NFL. If healthy, Cook will be a fantasy darling. It will happen eventually. Predicting health is tough but if Cook gets hurt again, it’s fair to say he’s an injury prone player. The Vikings may be a team that drafts a running back as an insurance policy.