Vikings star Harrison Smith leads the way in Week 1
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Harrison Smith, Vikings safety (↑ UP)
"Harry the Hitman" showed out against the San Francisco 49ers, taking home NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Smith stopped what looked like a sure scoring drive in the second quarter, scooping up a 49ers fumble on the 2-yard line, then picked off Jimmy Garoppolo late in the fourth quarter to end it. It was classic Smith, who read Garoppolo like a book on the play.
Joe Mauer, Twins first baseman (↑ UP)
Say it with me: Joe Mauer is clutch. A career .383 hitter with runners in scoring position, the veteran hit a grand slam in the fifth inning Tuesday to put the Twins up 10-1 on the New York Yankees. That sentence isn't quite as exciting now as it would have been this time last year, but that doesn't dampen Mauer's clutch-ness.
Jake Odorizzi, Twins pitcher (↓ DOWN)
The Twins will hope Odorizzi can bounce back Wednesday night against the New York Yankees after struggling in his last start. He pitched just 4 2/3 innings in his lone appearance last week, allowing five runs, four hits, four walks and two home runs in a 9-1 loss to the Houston Astros.
Mike Hughes, Vikings cornerback (↑ UP)
The learning curve for defensive backs is notoriously tough, but Hughes delivered in his first game as a pro. Hughes intercepted a poorly thrown pass from offseason darling Jimmy Garoppolo in the third quarter for his first career pick six, and was a solid contributor in the secondary throughout.
Logan Forsythe, Twins second baseman (↓ DOWN)
Forsythe has officially cooled off after a spectacular start to his Twins career. Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers back in August as part of the Brian Dozier trade, Forsythe went on a tear in his first few weeks with the Twins, hitting .449 in 14 games, culminating in a five-hit outing on Aug. 16. He wasn't feeling it last week though, going 3-for-21 at the plate in six games with just one RBI.
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Dalvin Cook, Vikings running back (↑ UP)
He's still got it. Cook picked up right where he left off in his first game back from a devastating knee injury, racking up 95 all-purpose yards on 22 touches in Week 1. Even his potentially-costly fumble came at the end of a truly spectacular run. He tied for the team lead with six receptions on seven targets.