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James Cook - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsJames Cook's Basic Stats

James Cook
ADP: 9.5
Bye: 7
Experience: 0 Yr(s)
Age: 23.0
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
40 Time: 4.42
Burst Score (Rank): 118.10 (48%)

James Cook's Weekly Outlook

Week 4 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
9.7 0.1 1.2 10 0 2.6
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
13.4 0.1 1.7 15.6 0.1 3.9

James Cook's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#42 Running Back

99.7 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
9.5 95.3 421.9 3 0.9 1 38.7 313 1.7

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsJames Cook's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need To Know:

  • Cook, a 4-year player at Georgia, never saw workhorse touches. He maxed out at 113 carries and 27 catches in ’21.
  • The 5’11, 200-pounder was explosive in limited action, finishing his career with 6.5 yards per carry; 10.9(!) yards per catch.
  • His workloads were limited due in part to some talented backfields that included D’Andre Swift and Zamir White, Vegas’ Round 4 pick.
  • Cook profiled as the top pass catching back in the ’22 class. GM Brandon Beane said “We see his best skillset as a sub back. But, I think he can handle carries too if we give him some more carries.” Beane also praised his speed.
  • The Round 2 pick enters the summer in a battle with Devin Singletary for touches. Singletary enters fresh off his most productive season to date.
  • Bills RBs accounted for 92 targets last year, with Singletary seeing 50. Josh Allen set a career high with 38 attempts per game.
  • Buffalo pursued and had a verbal agreement with receiving back J.D. McKissic in free agency, but he backed out last second. The event only confirms that Buffalo wants to throw more to the RB.
  • Per Albert 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.
  • However, targets will need to be earned in an offense that’s strong at WR/TE with Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, Jamison Crowder, Dawson Knox and O.J. Howard.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

We loved Cook’s tape. While on limited reps, he showed serious explosiveness in space both as a rusher and a receiver. At least in year 1, Cook’s biggest fantasy impact figures to come through the air.

Devin Singletary enters a contract year, and it’s possible Cook is the touch leader as soon as 2023. But in redraft, selecting Cook comes down to a belief in his overall skill set — and an offense overall that’s finished top-5 in scoring and yards over the past 2 seasons.

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James Cook, RB BUF

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Bills don't trust Cook?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dynasty Overview View RB Dynasty Rankings »

James Cook, RB BUF
Dynasty MVP 107.7
Position Rank #39 RB
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
334
571
975
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We still wonder how much volume the 5’11, 199-pounder will garner in the NFL. But Cook is 1 of the best pass-catching backs in this class and boasts big-play ability with his 4.4 speed. Most importantly, he landed in an elite Bills offense that should elevate his per-touch efficiency. We expect Cook to immediately take over as Buffalo’s primary pass-catching back. And note that RB Devin Singletary is only signed through 2022.
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