Vikes Using Hot-Hand Approach In Backfield

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Minnesota Vikings running backs Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray will continue to split the workload in the backfield with rookie Dalvin Cook (knee) out for the season. “I think the hot hand thing [will continue], for sure. Coach tries to keep whoever is running really well in there in the game. I wouldn’t expect that to change,” Murray said. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the intention was to use both runners Monday night, but the team stuck with McKinnon because he had the hot hand and was having success. McKinnon was the much more effective and explosive back in the Week 5 win over Chicago, and he looks like the better back to own in fantasy, especially in PPR leagues. With that said, the team’s approach could make this a frustrating timeshare based on matchups. For now, consider McKinnon more of an RB2 in PPR leagues, with Murray being a touchdown-dependent RB3/flex play.

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