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James Cook

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106 FPTS

RANK: 44


179 FPTS

RANK: 30


23 yrs


5'11'' / 190 lbs



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Slated to work alongside Harris

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-03-22

Cook and Nyheim Hines will face competition for reps out of the Buffalo backfield in 2023 after the Bills signed Damien Harris to a one-year contract earlier this week, Maddy Glab of the team's official site reports.

The addition of Harris helps fill the void created by the departure of Devin Singletary, who recently signed a deal with the Texans. As a rookie last season, Cook logged 89 carries for 507 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a 21-180-1 receiving line in 16 games. The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Harris brings added power to Buffalo's backfield mix and can be expected to absorb a decent chunk of the 177 carries vacated by Singletary, especially in early down and short-yardage situations. Even so, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Cook should still have an opportunity to garner more volume in 2023, while Hines (5-foot-8, 198 pounds) continues to work in a change-of-pace role. As things stand, Cook's fantasy upside hinges on how much of Singletary's prior role (which also included 52 targets) he takes on this coming season while working alongside Harris.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingRushing StatsReceiving Stats
1 @LA Outdoor 88° -1.8 42nd -1.80-2.052.5122.000%0000004%
2 TEN Outdoor 68° 5.3 17th 0.48-9.547.511534.8085%11000046%
3 @MIA Outdoor 90° 8.0 14th 1.60-4.554.5133.000%00043704%
4 @BAL Outdoor 58° 0.0 33rd 0.00-3.552.5000.000%0000000%
5 PIT Outdoor 59° 9.1 14th 2.28-14.044.54317.8145%11000022%
6 @KC Outdoor 64° 0.8 25th 0.40-3.053.5284.0050%0000007%
8 GB Outdoor 54° 8.6 16th 1.43-10.547.55357.0023%100141019%
9 @NYJ Outdoor 69° 5.3 11th 0.88-10.547.54153.8047%000218018%
10 MIN Outdoor 38° 2.2 22nd 0.44-6.546.55224.4064%00000019%
11 CLE Dome 24° 8.6 16th 0.78-7.548.511867.8026%31000033%
12 @DET Dome 44° 3.8 20th 0.95-9.554.5242.000%00021407%
13 @NE Outdoor 35° 16.5 7th 0.83-3.544.514644.6047%110641038%
14 NYJ Outdoor 36° 2.5 21st 0.50-10.044.5461.500%00019017%
15 MIA Outdoor 29° 11.9 12th 1.70-7.042.55346.8024%10025117%
16 @CHI Outdoor 7° 17.8 4th 1.48-8.040.511999.0118%32019036%
18 NE Outdoor 30° 7.1 13th 0.65-8.542.59455.0018%10026036%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 7 06.70.9564th320.15.343%
Home Dome 1 08.60.787th860.07.826%
Away Outdoor 7 06.71.0179th270.15.831%
Away Dome 1 03.80.9593rd40.02.00%

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2022 23 BUF 16 0 106 44th8950725.735%126021%211801
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Expected to see more work in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-02-28

Bills GM Brandon Beane said Cook is expected to a bigger part of the offense in 2023, according to Matt Lombardo of

"We're excited about Cook, and looking forward to what he can do in Year 2, especially with an expanded workload and more touches," Beane said Tuesday. With Devin Singletary slated for free agency this offseason, Cook has a chance to carve out the lead-back job in Buffalo after he averaged 5.7 yards per carry on 89 rushes as a rookie. The Bills will very likely add to their backfield this offseason, but Cook's fantasy arrow is pointing upward.

Makes big strides in rookie season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-26

Cook finished the regular season with 507 rushing yards on 89 carries (5.7 YPC) and two rushing touchdowns to go with a 21-180-1 line in the receiving game.

The second-round rookie worked his way into almost an even timeshare with starter Devin Singletary by the end of the campaign, and while Cook never really exploded with a giant game, he proved to be useable for those needing to count on modest production from a deeper RB spot. Singletary is an unrestricted free agent, plus the Bills do not expect to have much cap room this offseason, so if Cook's teammate leaves for greener pastures, it could really open things up for him in his second campaign. That said, rostering any Bills running back always comes with the disclosure that Josh Allen is going to eat up some of that position's typical production.

Scores in Sunday's win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-15

Cook rushed 12 times for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Dolphins in the wild-card round.

Cook took a handoff 12 yards to help double Buffalo's lead during the first quarter. Although he also had a 13-yard rush, Cook found little room to maneuver on his other carries. Meanwhile, teammate Devin Singletary rushed 10 times for 48 yards. As the Bills now advance to the AFC divisional round, expect Cook and Singletary to continuing sharing snaps alongside quarterback Josh Allen.

Outplays Singletary in Week 18 win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-08

Cook rushed nine times for 45 yards and caught both of his targets for six yards in Sunday's 35-23 win over the Patriots.

Cook was more effective than Devin Singletary, who mustered only 32 yards on eight touches and lost a fumble. After being used sparingly to start the season, the rookie second-round pick out of Georgia started to take on a larger share of Buffalo's backfield touches down the stretch, with 338 of Cook's 507 rushing yards coming in his last seven games. Cook and Singletary will likely continue to split carries in the wild-card round against the Dolphins.