Dalvin Cook Odds: Books Serve Up Cook As the Third Best Running Back in the MVP Race

Dalvin Cook is the third-best running back to bet on after Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry in the MVP race, according to oddsmakers. But what are the true odds of a running back winning the MVP?
Nikki Adams
Mon, August 30, 7:06 AM EDT

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook Odds

  • Dalvin Cook MVP Odds
  • Dalvin Cook Rushing Yards Odds
  • Dalvin Cook Rushing TD Odds
  • Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Odds

RB Dalvin Cook MVP Odds & Props

Player Prop Odds
MVP +8000
Lead NFL In Rushing +600
Lead NFL in Rushing TDs +600
Total Rushing Yards Over/Under 1375.5 (-115)
Total Rushing TDs Over/Under 13.5 (+100)

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Dalvin Cook Odds

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory after sputtering to a 7-9-0 record and a third-place finish in the NFC North. Things could have been much worse, given how badly the Vikings started the season. For the first six weeks, the Vikings managed a woeful 1-5 record. After a week 7 bye, the Vikings managed to turn things around by winning six of their last ten games, but it was small consolation in an otherwise forgettable season. 

Despite Minnesota's struggles, Cook had a relatively good showing. He played 14 of 16 games and finished with 1,557 yards and 16 touchdowns with an average of 5 yards per carry. In the context of the leader board, Cook finished second overall, although a good 470 yards behind top rusher Derrick Henry.

Clearly, Cook has shown how effective he is as a player on the field, regardless of how his team is doing. Nevertheless, his bid for an MVP honor is a longshot bet. One that will likely be impacted by his performance and his team's performance and how relevant his performance is to the team's bottom line. That said, there's a veritable buffet of Dalvin Cook Odds to sink one's teeth into in other markets, some of which are highlighted below and offer a more realistic opportunity for a return on investment. 

Dalvin Cook Rushing Yards Odds

Dalvin Cook averaged 111.2 yards per game last season after playing only 14 games. The 2021 NFL schedule has been expanded to include 17 regular-season games, and the addition of one more game is sure to impact NFL stats significantly. As a result, it won't be surprising to see new records being set in several categories, including those involving running backs. 

On the strength of Cook's 2020 season, finishing second behind Derrick Henry in the rushing standings, the Minnesota running back is the second-best bet to emerge as the season's leading rusher. However, to look at the odds is to get a sense of the gap between the pair – Henry is priced at +350 while Cook is priced at +550 to finish the season with the most rushing yards.

Over and above Cook Rushing Yards Odds, markets have rolled out several prop bets on rushing yards. Most notably, projecting Cook's rushing yard total in 2021. As it is, Cook is projected at 1,375.5 yards with the OVER and UNDER tipped at -115. In the last two seasons, Cooks has averaged 1.346 yards per season. From 2019 to 2020, his rushing yards tally improved by 422 yards. This could be a function of the Vikings using Cook more after the departure of WR Stefon Diggs in 2020 left the Vikings offense trying to adjust to his absence.

Dalvin Cook Total Rushing Yards is set at 1375.5 (Over/Under -115)

Dalvin Cook To Lead NFL In Rushing Yards @ +600

Dalvin Cook Total Rushing TDs Odds

In keeping with Cook's position in the betting – that is, behind Henry for most regular-season rushing yards – the Vikings star is once again nipping at Henry's heels as the second-best bet for the most rushing touchdowns in the regular season. Considering Cook played two games less than Henry did last season, but he still scored 16 touchdowns (one less than Henry at 17), there might be some value in backing Cook on his rushing TD odds. 

Additionally, Cook is projected to 13.5 TDs in 2021, with the OVER priced on EVEN odds and the UNDER priced at 130. The projected number responds to Cook's overall career stats, including 33 TDs in 43 games played. Simple maths: 33/43= 0.767. If that's rounded up to 0.8 and multiplied by 17 games, it yields 13.6 touchdowns (0.8 x 17 = 13.6). Hence, the O/U 13.5 is projected for Cook in 2021.

And yet, a smaller cross-section involving Cook's last two seasons in the NFL puts a different spin on it. He played 28 games and scored 29 touchdowns since 2019, which is an average of 1 touchdown per game at the very least. Seeing as the last two seasons are the most representative of Cook's quality and skills, betting on Cook to go OVER 13.5 touchdowns, therefore, would be a bet worth considering. 

Dalvin Cook Total TDs is set at 13.5 (Over +100)

Dalvin Cook To Lead NFL In Rushing TDs @ +600

Dalvin Cook MVP Odds

As per various sportsbooks, Dalvin Cook registers as the third-best running back to spot in the race for the MVP title. Cook, priced as low as +6600 at multiple books and as high as +8000 to win the MVP, is preceded by Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey (+4000) and Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry (+5000). Before this triplet, though, there are 17 quarterbacks with much shorter odds to win the MVP. Talk about competition.

For Dalvin Cook to first surpass his counterparts, McCaffrey and Henry, he would need a career to remember. Then, perhaps, he might be considered a contender in the MVP race, albeit still a longshot with the number of quarterbacks that are likely to be in the running too.

The last running back to claim MVP honors in a season was Adrian Peterson back in 2012. Since then, it's been quarterback after quarterback to lift the prestigious honor, and for a good reason. What a running back has to accomplish to win the award is challenging because not only does he have to deposit a statistically dominant season that sets him apart from his peers, but also that performance has to be directly responsible for the team's success in the broad spectrum of the league.

For instance, Peterson's MVP-calibre season was a statistical marvel in many categories. Some of which involved running for 2,097 yards on 348 carries and a career-high of 6 yards per attempt. He finished with 12 rushing touchdowns, rushed over 150 yards in a game seven times, and his 82-yard run for a score against the Rams gave him the longest touchdown trot of his career. Peterson's lead over his contemporaries was significant too. He had 484 yards more than the second-best running back. 

Dalvin Cook MVP Odds Set At +8000

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Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Odds

Futures Bet Odds
Super Bowl +5000
To Win NFC +2200
To Win Division +300
To Make Playoffs Yes +128/No -156

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