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NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) reacts after a touchdown during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Dalvin Cook: 18 carries, 94 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 receptions, 27 receiving yards

Justin Jefferson: 12 receptions, 154 yards, 1 pass attempt, 1 completion, 23 passing yards

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The return of David Montgomery: Montgomery missed last week but was not limited in his return.

    • He ran the ball 12 times compared to just four for Khalil Herbert. He was fairly ineffective on his carries, gaining just 20 rushing yards but scoring a touchdown.
    • He led the Bears in receptions (4) and receiving yards (62).
    • Montgomery took all of the goal-line and two-minute snaps, but he split snaps on third downs.
    • He can safely be put back into starting lineups.
    • Herbert can be cut in leagues with shallow benches, but he will remain one of the better handcuff options at running back.

Sell high on Dalvin Cook: Cook put together an outstanding game, but Minnesota has quietly been shifting to a running back committee.

    • Cook’s playing time has decreased in every game this season.
    • Alexander Mattison was used more on third downs, in two-minute drills and during short-yardage situations.
    • Mattison’s playing time was spread out over the entire game rather than being game script-dependent.
    • Cook was on the injury report in Week 4 with a shoulder injury that held him out of one practice, but he’s been a full participant in the past five practices and didn’t show up at all on the injury report this past week.
    • He will still be a fantasy starter the rest of the season as long as he’s healthy, but it will be hard for him to be in the top 10 if the Vikings keep using Mattison significantly.

Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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