In this installment of Fantasy Football Executive Decisions, I break down and compare Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook and Seahawks offseason addition Eddie Lacy. Cook, a second round draft pick out of Florida State University, is a player some have compared to Fantasy Football legend Jamaal Charles. Last season as a Seminole, Cook had well over 2,000 yards of total offense. Cook ran for more than six yards per carry and his receptions averaged over 14 yards. Cook is one of the top running backs in this rookie class. He is right up there with Leonard Fournette, Joe Mixon, and Christian McCaffrey. Cook would have likely been a first round pick if it wasn’t for a poor combine and off-field issues from years ago. Although Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings in the offseason, expect Cook to be the alpha male in the Minnesota running game from Week 1 and the guy you want for Fantasy Football purposes.
Eddie Lacy and Fantasy Football owners have issues they need to work on. Lacy’s final two seasons in Green Bay were filled with injuries and struggles with his weight. Lacy will have a chance to redeem himself this season in Seattle. Thomas Rawls will not be able to keep Lacy out of the starting lineup. Second-year back C.J. Prosise has talent but is more of a third-down guy. Lacy will once again have an opportunity to prove it on the field. The problem with Lacy in recent years is staying on the field and getting a full complement of touches. In drafts so far this season, Cook is going off the board around running back 20. Those are lofty expectations for the rookie from Liberty City, Miami. Lacy, on the other hand, has a NFFC ADP of 78 overall and is the 29th running back going off draft boards. Is Lacy and steal and the unproven Cook a reach? Find out in Executive Decisions.