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Who is Dalvin Cook’s backup for fantasy football

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook suffered an injury in Week 12. We break down what the backup options are heading into Week 13 for fantasy football.

Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers
Alexander Mattison of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball for a rushing touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Santa Clara, California.
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Week 16 update: The Vikings have placed Dalvin Cook on the reserve/COVID-19 list and activated Alexander Mattison off the list. Mattison would get the start if Cook cannot clear the list by Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings are likely going to be without running back Dalvin Cook for some time as the star got carted off the field in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers. Cook has played through some injuries this season and has a history of injury problems, so this isn’t completely unexpected. The Vikings will have to lean on others to make up for Cook’s absence.

Alexander Mattison comes in as Cook’s backup, and he’s been productive for Minnesota in the starting role. The running back had massive outings in Weeks 3 and 5 with Cook out, while he struggled to do much against Cleveland’s defense in Week 4. Mattison is a good waiver wire pickup if he’s available, but there’s a good chance most Cook managers already have Mattison on the roster.

Behind Mattison, the Vikings have Kene Nwangwu. He’s currently a special teams star but could see touches out of the backfield. CJ Ham is also an option for change-of-pace carries.