5 biggest Minnesota Vikings fantasy football risks of 2019

(Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

Dalvin Cook – RB

Let’s start with one guy that is very near and dear to a lot of Vikings fans hearts and that is Mr. Dalvin Cook. The majority of Minnesota fans and football fans in general, are all very excited about what Cook can potentially do this season.

It’s pretty clear that he has the natural ability to be a great running back in the NFL. He was arguably one of the best running backs in college football when he entered the draft in 2017 and when the Vikings swooped him up in the second round, fans of all kinds were excited.

Minnesota has a whole new type of offense to watch this season. Pretty much every piece of the offense has a new face that is already making an impact in training camp and preseason from the coaching staff to the offensive line and the running backs.

The Vikings brought in Gary Kubiak to be an offensive consultant and to help this running game get going this year, something they failed to do in 2018.

What was a big contributor to Minnesota’s weak rushing attack was how poorly the offensive line played last year. But in steps Garrett Bradburry who the Vikings selected in the first round of this years NFL Draft. They also addressed the issue by signing guard Josh Kline and adding others to bolster the offensive line depth.

While a new and hopefully improved offensive line and additions coaching staff is a lot to get excited about, let’s look at the risk for drafting Cook in fantasy football this year.

He has been injured each of his two seasons that he’s been in the league. This is not something you want from a running back that you may be selecting towards the middle of the second round of your fantasy draft.

If Cook stays healthy this year, he has the talent to be one of the top fantasy running backs of 2019. But if he can’t seem to stay on the field or his offensive line lets him down again, he’ll be letting your fantasy team down.