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Bills RB James Cook carried only twice (for 4 yards) and caught 2 of 5 targets for 14 more in Thursday's win over the Lions. He did tie for 3rd on the team in targets, but even that put him way behind leaders Stefon Diggs (15) and Isaiah McKenzie (10). RB Devin Singletary rushed 14 times for 72 yards and caught his lone target for 8 yards.

The normally pass-favoring Bills leaned on the running game in Sunday's win over the Browns. RB Devin Singletary led the way, with 86 yards and the team's only rushing score on 18 carries. Rookie James Cook added 86 yards on 11 carries. Nyheim Hines barely factored in again, losing 8 yards on his lone carry and watching his lone target fall incomplete. Thanksgiving Day brings a Detroit defense that entered Sunday just 27th in Football Outsiders' run-defense DVOA.

Bills RB Devin Singletary chipped in 2 goal line TDs in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. Singletary actually saw 4 total goal line carries — including 3 in the 1st quarter alone. It was a deviation from what we’ve seen this year, but perhaps Josh Allen’s injured elbow played a role. Singletary lost a close fumble and added only 1 catch (2 targets). Oddly, Buffalo also activated Duke Johnson, who mixed in for 2 carries behind James Cook (5 attempts). Nyheim Hines at least remained a total non-factor on offense with 1 touch. Singletary draws a favorable matchup with Cleveland in Week 11.

Bills RB Devin Singletary led the backfield with 8 carries (for just 24 yards) in Sunday's loss to the Jets and tied for 2nd on the team in targets (5). He caught 4 balls for 24 yards on a tough day for the passing offense. Rookie James Cook added 2 catches for 18 yards among 4 targets, plus a 4-15 rushing line. Nyheim Hines played just 3 offensive snaps and watched his lone target sail past him on a downfield route. Singletary dominated playing time, garnering 47 snaps to Cook's 14. We'd certainly bet on a playing-time increase for Hines as he gets more time in the offense.

The Bills are acquiring RB Nyheim Hines from the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move continues Buffalo's pursuit of an upgrade at receiving back. The timing -- after a solid game from James Cook -- points to the Bills not believing the rookie is ready for a bigger role. Hines brings more proven NFL ability as a runner. He figures to challenge the playing time of RB Devin Singletary as well. It should be an upgrade in opportunity for Hines, who sits just 68th among RBs in opportunity share for his 2022 games with Indy. He garnered a stronger 11.8% target share in his 5 healthy games. Buffalo ranks 5th in the league in pass attempts but just 16th in RB receptions. We'll see whether that shifts at all with Hines around. Hines is signed through 2024 but has 2 cuttable years beyond this one. His arrival hurts the short-term outlook for Cook, though there's a chance Buffalo moves on from Hines after this year. The Bills are sending RB Zack Moss and a conditional 6th-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Colts. Moss has a chance to push past Deon Jackson on the Indy depth chart, but that's far from a sure thing.

Bills rookie RB James Cook played his 2nd most snaps of the season and garnered his 2nd largest touch count in Sunday night's win over the Packers. he ran for 35 yards on 5 carries and caught a 41-yard pass while playing 25% of Buffalo's offensive snaps. The only game that has seen more snaps or touches for Cook was the 41-7 Week 2 win over Tennessee that allowed him to clean up in garbage time. RB Devin Singletary operated as the clear backfield leader, posting a 14-67 rushing line and adding a 16-yard catch while playing nearly 3 times as many snaps as Cook. RB Zack Moss was active but did not see the field. There's room for Cook to pick up some touches over the 2nd half of the season, especially in games that find the Bills jumping to large leads. He also looks like the clear #2 now, should anything happen to Singletary. Cook should be rostered in most fantasy football leagues of 12+ teams. He's available in 74% of ESPN leagues as of this writing.

Bills RB Devin Singletary rushed 17 times and drew 5 targets in Sunday's win over the Chiefs. That marked 91.7% of total RB opportunities for the team in the game. Singletary gained 85 yards on the ground and caught 4 passes for 22 yards. He ranked 2nd on the team in targets and receptions. James Cook carried twice for 8 yards, the team's only other 2 RB opportunities. RB Zack Moss hit the game as a heathy scratch.

Bills RB Zack Moss is a healthy scratch for today's game vs. the Chiefs. That leaves just Devin Singletary and James Cook in Buffalo's backfield. We'll see if the Bills load up Singletary as an every-down back or work Cooks in some more. We'd bet on the former.

After dominating backfield time and work the previous 2 games, Bills RB Devin Singletary saw the gap shrink in Sunday's lopsided win over the Steelers. His 30 snaps were just 4 more than the combined total for Zack Moss (16) and James Cook (10). Singletary carried 6 times for 42 yards, compared with 4 carries for Cook and 1 for Moss. He added just 1 catch for 4 yards on 2 targets, running 20 routes vs. 15 combined for Moss and Cook. According to Pro Football Focus, Singletary has played 76.4% of offensive snaps when the Bills are tied for trailing. That has dipped to 51.4% when Buffalo leads. So it appears we should consider Singletary to be at greater risk of losing time when then Bills enter a game as heavy favorites.

Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia writes that the Bills don’t trust RB James Cook, and a game-day deactivation might be upcoming. Devin Singletary played a whopping 88% of the snaps in Week 4 at Baltimore. Cook fumbled in the opener and dropped a pass against the Ravens, so the trust issues make sense. Buscaglia also points out that the Bills’ blocking style doesn’t mesh with Cook’s strengths. For now, it’ll take a Singletary injury for Cook to enter the fantasy radar.

Bills RB Devin Singletary set a season high in total yards for the 2nd straight game in Sunday's win over the Ravens. Singletary gained 49 yards on 11 carries and caught 4 of 5 targets for 47 yards. Those 96 total yards edged his 91 total yards from the Week 3 loss at Miami. Neither amounted to a big fantasy day (though he added a TD against the Dolphins), but the strong yardage signals what's available to him as Buffalo's clear lead back. Singletary figures to reside in RB3 territory of our rankings most weeks, but he'll be a solid option in that range with clear upside when he gets some TD luck. Zack Moss handled the other 3 RB rushes for the Bills at Baltimore, with James Cook drawing the group's only other target.

Bills rookie RB James Cook led the team in rushing attempts in Monday night's lopsided win over the Titans, but nearly all of that came after starters had left the game. Cook handled Buffalo's final 9 carries, with Case Keenum at QB, finishing with 11 rushes for 53 yards. Devin Singletary carried 6 times for 19 yards and led the backfield in targets (4). He caught 2 passes for just 2 yards. Zack Moss added 17 yards on 3 carries. He and James Cook each saw 1 catchless target.

As expected, Devin Singletary led the Bills backfield in Thursday night's opener vs. the Rams. He played 59% of the offensive snaps and handled 8 carries and 2 targets. RB Zack Moss played a bigger role than we expected, registering a 38% snap rate, 6 carries and 6 targets. Rookie RB James Cook lost a fumble on his 1st touch of the night and ended up playing just 2 more snaps the rest of the way. This is shaping up as an ugly situation for fantasy football. Singletary is the best bet for now but is no more than a RB3 or flex. Moss is worth a bench spot in leagues of 12+ teams. Ditto for Cook, whose role still figures to grow throughout the season.

"The Bills’ running back corps has all the potential to devolve into a muddy three-person committee dependent on the situation and riding the hot hand," The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia writes. We know RBs Devin Singletary and James Cook will have a role in this backfield, but Buscaglia believes RB Zack Moss could be an "early-down threat to Singletary" and the goal-line back. That, of course, would put a major dent in Singletary's fantasy value. Buscaglia also says that Cooks' role "could be smaller than some expect."

The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia notes that Bills RB Zack Moss "has worked in with the Josh Allen-led offense every day, which shows he is still very much a part of the running back discussion for 2022." Buscaglia specifically mentions short-yardage situations as an area where Moss could make an impact. We're still not banking on him being a fantasy factor this season without an injury ahead of him on the depth chart. But Moss could be a drain on James Cook and, especially, Devin Singletary if he vultures goal-line carries.

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NFL insider Albert Breer writes that the Bills view RB James Cook as “more than just a passing-down back.” Per Breer, the Bills see similarities between James and brother Dalvin. A smooth mover with strong hands, the Georgia product could quickly work his way into the RB2 (PPR) conversation. For now, he’s best drafted as an RB3/FLEX.

The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia writes that the Bills’ coaching staff “remains firmly behind” RB Devin Singletary “as an important piece to the [backfield] puzzle.” Buscaglia expects Singletary to remain the “lead back by playing time” over late-Round 2 pick James Cook. The veteran likely cemented his role with a strong end to 2021, rushing 102 times for 430 yards and 8 scores over his final 6 games (playoffs included). However, Cook’s arrival does make Singletary a virtual lock to fall shy of his 40 catches from 2021. Current projections have him slated for only 25 catches.

Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia described RB Dalvin Cook’s pass catching as “smooth” in OTAs.“It wouldn’t be a surprise to envision him having a role just a bit bigger than a normal complementary back,” Buscaglia wrote. All indications are that Cook’s off to a strong start in Buffalo. He checks in as a top-40 RB in redraft.

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