Vikings to start in Week 2:
Dalvin Cook – RB
Dalvin Cook proved in Week 1 against a good Falcons defense why he needs to be considered as one of the best running backs in the NFL. He showed off the tremendous burst and vision he has along with his speed that can separate him from defenders who are in pursuit of him.
The new running scheme Gary Kubiak installed for the Vikings this season showed how great it fits Cook and his running style, as well as the offensive line who looked much more improved from last year.
After seeing what the Packers defense did to the Bears offense on Thursday night, it’s clear that they are much improved as well. Minnesota’s offensive line is going to be in for a fight Sunday, but expect Cook to pick up where he left off in Week 1 with another monster stat line.
Adam Thielen – WR
Adam Thielen ended up with a great target share in Week 1 at 30 percent, which is definitely something fantasy owners should be excited about The problem is, that 30 percent equaled to just three targets as Kirk Cousins only threw the ball a surprising 10 times in last Sunday.
We all heard in the offseason that Kubiak and the Vikings were going to establish the run early this season, but no one was expecting the low number of pass attempts they had last week.
Thielen was Cousins’ favorite target last year and it looks like that’s going to be the case again this year. With Thielen playing in the slot for the majority of the time, he is going to be a matchup nightmare for any of the Packers corners not named Jaire Alexander.
Expect Cousins to throw the ball more this game, as the Vikings will more than likely be in a much closer battle with these divisional foes, which means there will be more receiving volume for Thielen.