Dalvin Cook Injury Update: Will the Jets’ RB Play in Week 1? Fantasy Impact and More

After a late offseason signing, what's the latest on Jets RB Dalvin Cook's injury? What is his status for fantasy football in Week 1 and what's his expected role?

Consensus fantasy football draft takes have been worried about Jets’ RB Breece Hall but still believe — despite RB Dalvin Cook’s injury — that Cook is the lead back to start the year. Is this still a valid take after Hall returned to practice sooner? What is Cook’s Week 1 fantasy outlook? Let’s take a look.

Latest News Surrounding Dalvin Cook

Cook returned to his first practice on August 29. He had shoulder surgery this offseason after repeatedly having issues with shoulder dislocations the last few seasons. He took his time this offseason, signing partway through camp after being released back in June.

Since he’s missed a lot of ramp-up and valuable reps with his teammates, what does his early season look like? He’ll likely be splitting time with a couple of RBs early as he and Hall ramp up. Having Aaron Rodgers on his side is likely great for his outlook. Now that he’s been practicing with the Jets for over a week, is he a safe bet for Week 1?

Will Dalvin Cook Play This Week?

In short, yes, he will. Head Coach Robert Saleh has stated in a press conference that both Cook and Hall will play in Week 1. He wouldn’t say they’d both be on a snap count but did say both would be managed smartly, meaning it could be a bit of a frustrating start of the year for their fantasy managers.

With Michael Carter also in town and having been the lead back with Aaron Rodgers most of the offseason, Carter, Hall, and Cook likely all see enough time to potentially post some numbers if they see certain plays and situations, such as third down and red zone packages. With minimal preseason snaps for these RBs, those situations are complete unknowns right now.

What Does This Mean For Dalvin Cook’s Fantasy Ranking?

The Jets RBs are a big avoid this week until more data is available and roles are solidified. Unless absolutely necessary, there are definitely chances any of these guys could be useful, but which one is a complete mystery. Hall hasn’t been tackled since his injury, and Cook likely hasn’t since his surgery.

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If made to take a guess, Cook is likely the pass catcher and could be playable in any PPR leagues, while Hall probably gets the red zone work and likely needs to find the end zone to be viable. However, either back can do either role, so this most likely is all about who’s in on the right drives.

The Jets’ Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills doesn’t tip much for who to favor, assuming the roles above are correct. In 2002, the Bills were middle of the pack in total fantasy points allowed to RBs and TDs. One thing to note is that, however, they were near the bottom of red zone touches against RBs, so per touch, they allowed TDs at a decent clip.

In short, the answer to Hall or Cook is likely a gamble early. Luckily for Cook managers, he was drafted a bit later than Hall, and managers shouldn’t necessarily be relying on him this week. Based on practice time, Hall feels like a safer bet, but we’re not sure either is worth the gamble, especially with this being a Monday Night Football game.

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