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Running Back, Buffalo Bills

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Draft: 2022 Round 2 (31)
College: Georgia
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 199 DOB: 1999-09-25 Age: 24

Season Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2022 BUF 16 89 507 5.7 2 32 21 180 8.6 1 86.7 5.4
2023 BUF 17 237 1,122 4.7 2 54 44 445 10.1 4 192.7 11.3

2023 Outlook
Depth Chart
James Cook was one of the fantasy football community's favorite late-round sleepers, but as it turned out, fantasy managers were left snoring at his weekly box totals. A disappointing rookie season despite bad competition that included Devin Singletary and Zack Moss means that Cook didn't do enough to really stand out to the coaching staff and guarantee himself a role here in 2023.

The lack of performance wasn't necessarily due to a lack of efficiency, as the rookie running back averaged the second-highest yards-per-carry of any rookie running back, with only Breece Hall being slightly higher. He fumbled the ball just once (on his very first NFL carry) on the season and caught 21 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. The problem seemed to primarily be opportunity driven as he saw double-digit carries just five times, including the playoffs, and none of them came in back-to-back weeks, making him an extraordinarily difficult player to start in fantasy.

Buffalo got rid of Zack Moss during the 2022 season and Devin Singletary moved on, which means that Cook should get the first opportunity to start for the Bills here in 2023. The team did at veterans Damien Harris and Latavius Murray, but neither of those players seems likely to shoulder a truly difference-making workload. Unfortunately, being the "starting running back" for the Bills hasn't exactly translated into a ton of fantasy production. For example, Singletary has started 16 games for the Bills in each of the past three seasons, but he never saw more than 188 carries and never exceeded 40 receptions in any season. Most importantly, he scored just 16 total touchdowns over those years as the Bills' starter. Much of that lack of fantasy success is due to the fact that the Bills are perfectly content with letting the offense go through Josh Allen, particularly in the red zone. Allen actually scored 21 rushing touchdowns over the past three seasons, which certainly hurt the Bills running backs who have managed to score just 28 rushing touchdowns between all of them combined over the same span.

The Bills are almost certain to remain one of the league's most pass-happy teams, which can mean a lot of scoring, but it can also lead to some frustrating weeks for fantasy managers who start their running backs. Cook is currently being drafted outside the top 30 at the running back position, so his cost isn't likely to be a killer for fantasy teams. Still, he's someone whose upside is probably limited unless Josh Allen has an injury that somehow allows him to continue to pass the ball at a high level but doesn't allow him to be quite as mobile as he normally is.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 James Cook
RB2RB2 Ty Johnson
RB3RB3 Latavius Murray
RB4RB4 Leonard Fournette
RB5RB5 Damien Harris
Bills Depth Chart
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2023 Gamelog Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at NYJ L 16-22 12 46 3.8 0 6 4 17 4.3 0 6.3
2 LV W 38-10 17 123 7.2 0 4 4 36 9.0 0 15.9
3 at WAS W 37-3 15 98 6.5 0 3 2 14 7.0 0 11.2
4 MIA W 48-20 12 29 2.4 1 1 1 48 48.0 0 13.7
5 JAC L 20-25 5 -4 -0.8 0 4 3 25 8.3 0 2.1
6 NYG W 14-9 14 71 5.1 0 0 0 0 - 0 7.1
7 at NE L 25-29 13 56 4.3 0 3 3 46 15.3 1 16.2
8 TB W 24-18 14 67 4.8 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 7.3
9 at CIN L 18-24 6 20 3.3 0 4 4 19 4.8 0 3.9
10 DEN L 22-24 12 109 9.1 0 2 2 11 5.5 0 12.0
11 NYJ W 32-6 17 73 4.3 0 4 3 29 9.7 1 16.2
12 at PHI L 34-37 16 43 2.7 0 7 6 57 9.5 0 10.0
14 at KC W 20-17 10 58 5.8 0 5 5 83 16.6 1 20.1
15 DAL W 31-10 25 179 7.2 1 3 2 42 21.0 1 34.1
16 at LAC W 24-22 20 70 3.5 0 0 0 0 - 0 7.0
17 NE W 27-21 16 48 3.0 0 3 1 -4 -4.0 0 4.4
18 at MIA W 21-14 13 36 2.8 0 4 3 16 5.3 0 5.2
WC PIT W 31-17 18 79 4.4 0 4 4 5 1.3 0 8.4
DP KC L 24-27 18 61 3.4 0 5 4 21 5.3 0 8.2
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

2022 Gamelog Stats
FFToday Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at LAR W 31-10 1 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.2
2 TEN W 41-7 11 53 4.8 0 1 0 0 - 0 5.3
3 at MIA L 19-21 1 3 3.0 0 5 4 37 9.3 0 4.0
4 at BAL W 23-20 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 - 0 0.0
5 PIT W 38-3 4 31 7.8 1 0 0 0 - 0 9.1
6 at KC W 24-20 2 8 4.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.8
8 GB W 27-17 5 35 7.0 0 1 1 41 41.0 0 7.6
9 at NYJ L 17-20 4 15 3.8 0 4 2 18 9.0 0 3.3
10 MIN L 30-33 5 22 4.4 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.2
11 CLE W 31-23 11 86 7.8 0 1 0 0 - 0 8.6
12 at DET W 28-25 2 4 2.0 0 5 2 14 7.0 0 1.8
13 at NE W 24-10 14 64 4.6 0 6 6 41 6.8 0 10.5
14 NYJ W 20-12 4 6 1.5 0 1 1 9 9.0 0 1.5
15 MIA W 32-29 5 34 6.8 0 3 2 5 2.5 1 9.9
16 at CHI W 35-13 11 99 9.0 1 2 1 9 9.0 0 16.8
18 NE W 35-23 9 45 5.0 0 2 2 6 3.0 0 5.1
WC MIA W 34-31 12 39 3.3 1 0 0 0 - 0 9.9
DP CIN L 10-27 5 13 2.6 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.3
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

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