If Monday night’s Vikings-Seahawks game didn’t teach owners a lesson about backing up their stars for the playoffs, nothing will.

Dalvin Cook’s shoulder injury knocked him out of the game in the third quarter, leaving rookie Alexander Mattison as the Vikings’ primary running back the rest of the way. Mattison had 22 yards rushing and 51 more receiving on four catches, showing he’s certainly capable of handling a larger workload if needed.

Although it looks like Cook owners dodged a bullet and he will be able to play on Sunday, other top players could just as easily suffer a similar (or worse) fate during the playoffs. 

For that reason, handcuffing your star running back is the most important waiver wire move fantasy owners can

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