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Stefon Diggs Injury: Vikings WR Says He’s Playing Week 9

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs was missing on Wednesday from the field, and present on the injury report. As the fourth-year veteran is dealing with a bit of an issue with his ribs, he was held out for what is shaping up to look like safety reasons. In other words, his ribs injury does not seem too dangerous.
For week nine, the Vikings will look to bounce back after a tough loss at home last week. This week, they are set to take on their divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions. Although the Vikings opponent this week doesn’t look tough on paper, they understand that a divisional matchup will never come easy. Therefore, Diggs isn’t going to let his injury hold him back.
Stefon Diggs, to Play This Week?

Stefon Diggs, who missed Wednesday's practice with a rib injury, said he "absolutely" expects to play on Sunday against the Lions.
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) November 1, 2018

Diggs is quietly having a solid season. He’s got 58 catches for 587 yards and four touchdowns. Although nobody is shocked at Diggs progression in year four, nobody has quite understood how useful he’s been in 2018 since the way Adam Thielen has been playing made everybody forget about Diggs on the other side.
Thielen is putting up Madden numbers, but Diggs is benefitting off of the attention that Thielen brings to himself by the defense. As of Friday, Diggs has been listed as questionable by the Vikings. But knowing that the Vikings have to get back on track after running into a roadblock of their hot streak, Diggs ‘absolutely’ expects to play this week against Detroit.
Will This Impact Diggs’ Fantasy Value?
For you, Stefon Diggs fantasy owners, don’t second-guess yourselves this week. It sounds like Wednesday was more of a rest day for the wideout. We have to take his word for it and assume that he will be ready to roll on Sunday. Despite a loss last week, Diggs caught 10 of 11 targeted passes for a total of 119 yards and a score.
Although Detroit’s defense poses a threat to opposing wide receivers, Minnesota’s versatility can be beneficial to Diggs. While the defense will be focused on Thielen, Diggs will see plenty of opportunities to catch and run just like he has all season. As long as he isn’t ruled as a game-time decision, keep Diggs in your lineups.


Dalvin Cook Fantasy: Should You Start or Sit the Vikings RB in Week 9?

If you’re a fantasy football owner of Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, it’s been a tough season thus far. Unfortunately for the second-year running back who flashed tremendous upside last season, he’s been unable to get fully healthy and stay on the field. But with a crucial Week 9 divisional matchup against the Detroit Lions ahead, it seems Cook may have a real chance to return to action.
Although the 23-year-old has missed the last four games, a positive outlook was provided Friday morning. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport joined Good Morning Football and spoke about the Vikings running back and his potential to return this week.
“My understanding is that Dalvin Cook is nearing a return to the field. We’ll have to see how he makes it through practice today, on Friday, the last big-time practice of the week. But it is trending in that direction that Dalvin Cook actually could for real, seriously, I’m not joking this time, be on the field for the Vikings.” Rapoport told Good Morning Football.
“It’s been on again off again several times, remember he returned for the Thursday night game, re-injured his hamstring, we thought he was going to play a couple weeks ago but was not able to go. They do have the bye after this week, so if they want to be cautious they could do that, but it really does seem like Dalvin Cook has a legitimate and real chance to play this Sunday.”
So the big question becomes, if the Vikings running back is out there this Sunday, how should fantasy football owners approach the situation? We’ve seen Cook suffer setbacks and even struggle at times this year, so let’s break down the start-sit debate around the young back.

Should You Start or Sit Dalvin Cook in Week 9?
Obviously, this entire conversation comes down to Cook being active for the game, which seems likely at this point. Things can change quickly, but for the time being he’s trending upwards and that’s a good sign. As far as the Vikings game against the Lions goes, that’s a big part of what makes this debate even more interesting.
On the season, the Lions have struggled mightily against opposing running backs. They’ve given up 959 rushing yards on 173 carries (5.5 yards per carry) along with 34 receptions for 305 yards and seven combined touchdowns. It’s hard to make an argument that Cook doesn’t make sense as at least a name to take a chance on in the bulk of fantasy leagues.
The big concern comes down to his production. Cook has 36 carries in three games for just 98 yards (2.7 yards per carry) while catching nine passes for 107 yards. Considering he has dealt with injuries, I don’t believe the Vikings would put Cook back on the field one week ahead of their bye unless he was nearly 100 percent healthy. In turn, he makes sense as a potential fantasy option this week.

Update
As Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune revealed, the Vikings do plan to play Cook, but he will be on a limited snap count.

Sources have said the Vikings plan to play Dalvin Cook on a limited snap count Sunday. They went into the Cardinals game with a similar plan, before Cook’s hamstring wasn’t feeling good that Sunday. He was on the practice field again Friday, though, and the hope is he’ll play.
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) November 2, 2018

I’d tread lightly with using Cook, but do believe with the six teams on bye this week that he’s a potential flex play in 12-team leagues and a RB2/flex option in larger leagues. The latest news that Cook will be on a snap count is somewhat concerning, but I do still believe he warrants flex consideration based on the number of bye weeks.
It would also be incredibly wise to monitor the Vikings running back’s status ahead of the game. There doesn’t seem to be much of a chance of a setback here, but any updates from pregame warmups Sunday could be worth considering.
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