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.
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.