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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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Finishes loss with 82 yards

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-21

Cook rushed 18 times for 61 yards and caught four of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to Kansas City.

Cook had trouble finding holes (3.4 YPC) against a tough defensive front led by the Chiefs' Chris Jones, finishing with 82 total yards and no touchdowns Sunday. With the loss ending Buffalo's season, Cook will finish his breakout fantasy campaign with 1,567 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns in 17 regular-season games as the Bills' starting tailback. Barring a big-name addition to the backfield this upcoming offseason, Cook figures to lead Buffalo's rushing attack alongside quarterback Josh Allen in 2024.

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.

Leading rusher off 18 carries

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-15

Cook carried the ball 18 times for 79 yards while adding four catches for five yards in Monday's 31-17 win over the Steelers.

Cook was unable to score a touchdown to round out his final box score, but he still generated good rushing numbers on a game-high 18 carries en route to victory. The 18 totes and 22 combined touches were marks the 24-year-old had only reached twice over the course of the regular season. Buffalo's RB2, quarterback Josh Allen, chipped in 8/72/1 as a runner Monday, while true backup Ty Johnson did little with his eight touches. With the victory, the second-seeded Bills will move onto the AFC divisional round to host the Chiefs in a rematch of the historic divisional playoff game from the 2021 postseason. Buffalo will be riding a win streak of six games into that playoff matchup while also debuting Cook as a new weapon that the 2021 version did not possess.

Poor production on 17 touches

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-08

Cook rushed 13 times for 36 yards while adding three receptions on four targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Dolphins.

Cook finished with the most non-QB touches for Buffalo on Sunday but wound up finishing behind five teammates in terms of fantasy output. To make matters worse, the 23-year-old failed to secure what would have been a certain 23-yard touchdown that hit him square in the hands. Despite this stinker of a regular-season finale, Cook's fantasy managers still enjoyed a breakout campaign where the second-round sophomore accrued 1,567 yards from scrimmage with six total touchdowns in 17 appearances while sticking as the Bills' lead back all year long. Cook won't get to rest on his laurels following a successful first season as the starter with the NFL playoffs commencing Jan. 13. Cook and the Bills will kickoff the action on Sunday Jan. 14 in a home playoff game against the Steelers.

Held in check by New England

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Cook carried the ball 16 times for 48 yards and caught one of three targets for minus-4 yards in Sunday's 27-21 win over the Patriots.

The second-year running back was held to his lowest scrimmage yardage total since Week 9, a game in which he only got 10 touches. Cook has become a major part of the Buffalo offense since then, collecting 798 combined yards and four touchdowns on 135 touches over the last seven contests, and he figures to be busy again in Week 18 against the Dolphins as the Bills attempt to claim their fourth straight AFC East title.

Loses out on goal-line work

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-23

Cook rushed the ball 20 times for 70 yards in Saturday's 24-22 win over the Chargers. He also lost a fumble and was not targeted.

On the surface, Cook's stat line isn't all that concerning as he continued to dominate work out of the Buffalo backfield. However, he saw zero targets for only the second time this season and for the first time since Week 6. Cook also lost out on red-zone work to both Leonard Fournette and Josh Allen on two separate drives, a concerning trend for his potential to score touchdowns in the final two weeks of the regular season. He'll still have a safe floor as Buffalo's lead back, but it will be difficult for him to replicate his stellar recent performances with the usage that he saw in Saturday's win.

Good to go Saturday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-21

Cook (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday night's game against the Chargers.

After missing Wednesday's session due to an illness, Cook practiced without restrictions Thursday, which sets the stage for the 2022 second-rounder to continue to lead the Bills backfield this weekend against the 5-9 Chargers. In this past Sunday's 31-10 win over the Cowboys, Cook turned in the most productive fantasy effort of his NFL career, carrying 25 times for 179 yards and a touchdown while catching two of his three targets for 42 yards and another score.

Back at practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-21

Cook (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Cook sat out Wednesday's session, but the running back's return to practice a day later puts him on the path to being available Saturday against the Chargers. Buffalo's looming injury report will clarify Cook's participation level Thursday, as well as his Week 16 game status.

Expected to practice Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-21

Coach Sean McDermott expects Cook (illness) to both practice Thursday and be available for Saturday's game against the Chargers, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Cook didn't practice Wednesday, but his anticipated return to Thursday's session has the running back trending in the right direction ahead of Saturday night's contest. The Bills' upcoming injury report will reveal whether Cook heads into the weekend with a designation or cleared for Week 16 action.

Misses practice Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-20

Cook (illness) isn't practicing Wednesday, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Cook was a full participant in Tuesday's walk-through, but the running back's absence from Wednesday's session makes his status worth tracking ahead of Saturday's game against the Chargers. Added context regarding Cook's Week 16 status will arrive no later than Thursday, when the Bills conduct their final practice of the week.

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