LISTEN: Fantasy Expert Cautions Against Drafting Vikings' Cook

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September 03, 2018 - 9:08 am
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

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Who's one player being selected high in drafts that fantasy football owners should avoid? 

WFAN's John Jastremski asked that question to Jason Katz of FantasyPros.com on Monday morning. His answer? Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. 

"The reason is, if you watch the preseason, you saw that Kirk Cousins doesn't quite look comfortable yet, but more importantly, that offensive line is back to being really bad," Katz said. "They played better last season after they were horrendous in 2016, and there was just nowhere for Dalvin Cook or Latavius Murray to run in the preseason. And I am very concerned that Dalvin Cook is going to open in somewhat of time share with Latavius with Latavius getting the goal-line carries."

Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are having to scramble to figure out their running back situation after Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL in practice Saturday.

Should fantasy owners be rushing to add Alfred Morris?

"The answer is yes and no," Katz said. "Yes because there's a chance that you're picking up a starting running back in the NFL, and every starting running back in the NFL usually should be owned.

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"With Alfred Morris, he knows (coach) Kyle Shanahan's system so he can step right in and kind of be a transition guy until they possibly find a replacement. I do think Matt Breida is going to get the first crack at the starting job in San Francisco, so I wouldn't rush too much to pick up Morris. Plus, he's not a pass-catching back, and you have to hope he's getting goal-line carries. His upside is very limited, but if there's a chance he's getting 12 to 15 carries a game, you need to go after him."

Katz also discussed where the Giants' Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. should be ranked, as well as breakout candidates at running back. To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.