• Tarik Cohen

  • RB
  • , Chicago Bears
  • 25
  • 179 lbs
  • 5' 6"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

CHI RB Tarik Cohen - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Atlanta Falcons

Tarik Cohen has been a disappointment through two weeks for Chicago. The PPR favorite has just three receptions off of three targets, and hasn't done much as a runner, either. Chicago has been mixing in Cordarrelle Patterson at running back, limiting Cohen's touches. Patterson has 11 carries on the season compared to Cohen's 12. Cohen still has some low-end flex play appeal this week against a Falcons defense that struggles against receiving backs.

by Jordan Heck

CHI RB Tarik Cohen - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. New York Giants

Tarik Cohen was a letdown in Week 1 as he finished with seven carries for 41 yards and just two receptions for six yards. Cohen was actually out-targeted (3-2) by David Montgomery, which would be a worrying trend for fantasy owners if that continues. Expect Cohen to be a little more involved in the passing game moving forward, making him a flex play in PPR formats. He gets a decent matchup against the Giants in Week 2.

by Jordan Heck

CHI RB Tarik Cohen - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Detroit Lions

Tarik Cohen could receive a big boost in Week 1 as David Montgomery is battling a groin injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday, putting his game status in doubt. The Lions gave up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing backs in 2019, including the third-most receiving yards to backs. Given Cohen's catching abilities, he should be in a great position for a decent game. Cohen is more of an RB3 play in standard leagues, but a solid RB2 play in PPR formats, assuming Montgomery is out. Cohen moves more to RB3 territory in PPR if Montgomery is active.

Update: Montgomery is expected to play today.

by Jordan Heck

CHI RB Tarik Cohen - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Since 2000, only five running backs have finished with 200+ receptions in their first three seasons, and Tarik Cohen is one of them. He had a solid 79-catch season in 2019, which resulted in 4.9 receptions per game. He had 18.1% of his team’s targets last season, finishing with a total of 104. In three seasons, Cohen has not missed a game and has never finished lower than RB30 (PPR). His role essentially stays the same as he’ll be used out of the backfield as a pass-catching back.

Fantasy Downside
While Cohen had plenty of targets and receptions, his 5.8 ypc hit a career low. And he was barely a factor as a runner hitting career lows in carries (64) and yards (213). He also wasn’t much of a touchdown threat, scoring just three times. His 669 scrimmage yards placed him outside the top 100 out of all players. His lack of scoring and yards makes him unappealing in standard formats.

2020 Bottom Line
Tarik Cohen finished as the No. 44 back in standard leagues and No. 27 back in full PPR. That’s a statistical way of saying that you should really only be considering Cohen in half or full PPR leagues. We can expect similar production from Cohen in 2020, although his 104 targets might be tough to duplicate with new arrivals Jimmy Graham, Tedd Ginn and Cole Kmet in the mix. He’s a very hot-and-cold back, so you should draft him with the expectation of using him as a bye week filler as opposed to an every week starter.

by Jordan Heck

CHI RB Tarik Cohen - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Minnesota Vikings

Tarik Cohen continues to offer very little when it comes to fantasy with just 33 scrimmage yards last week. He's averaging just 40 yards per game this season, but even that doesn't paint the full picture as he's finished below 40 yards in nine games. He's really only valuable in full PPR leagues as he has six games with 5+ receptions. He's not a strong play in Week 17, but he's not the worst flex option available. However, he does face a Vikings defense that's allowed the seventh-fewest receptions to running backs. He struggled against Minnesota earlier in the year with just 18 scrimmage yards.

by Jordan Heck

CHI RB Tarik Cohen - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Tarik Cohen finished with 85 scrimmage last weeks as he did most of his damage as a receiver, going 7-57. Cohen isn't a big scoring threat, or much of a yardage threat, but he's had value in PPR leagues as a receiving back. He's averaged 5.8 receptions per game over his last five performances. He gets a favorable matchup this week against the Chiefs, who have allowed the second-most receiving yards to running backs this season. Cohen is a desperation flex play in standard leagues, but a valuable flex play in PPR formats in Week 16.

by Jordan Heck

CHI RB Tarik Cohen - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Green Bay Packers

Tarik Cohen had another Tarik Cohenesque game last week, finishing with very little yards, but a lot of receptions. He finished with seven yards on the ground, giving him eight games with 10 or fewer rushing yards. He went 6-24 as a receiver, which only really helps if you play in full PPR leagues. He's sixth among running backs in receptions this year, but 14th in receiving yards. He faces a Packers defense this week that he faced earlier in the season. In that game, he had no carries, but caught a season-high eight passes for 49 yards. Don't expect much from Cohen this week as he's a desperation flex play in PPR leagues and pretty much a non-factor in standard formats.

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