Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen

RB - CHI
Height: 5' 6"Weight: 181 lbsAge: 23College: North Carolina A&TDrafted: #119 (4th Rd. by Chicago)

2019 Outlook

Strength of Schedule
RB Rank: 1st (easy)
Draft Rank (ECR) #76
Best / Worst #19 / #127
ADP #63

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Cohen was a solid RB2 in 2018 with 1,169 yards from scrimmage and 8 touchdowns. He should continue to be a big part of the Bears passing offense in 2019 and he should have RB2 value in fantasy football.

Over his first two seasons Cohen has averaged 92 carries and 81 targets per season. These were both in years where Jordan Howard was given 250+ carries. This year the Bears drafted David Montgomery…and signed Mike Davis. David Montgomery was a third round pick, and is the better back between him and Davis...so he's likely to be the lead back. Regardless of how that split breaks down…Davis and Montgomery are going to get the majority of the early down work. They're also both good in the receiving games, so they won't be zero's like Jordan Howard is. For Cohen this really means that his average of 92 carries is likely to decrease to around 60 carries. The receptions are a little bit more of a wildcard. They have said that he's going to have the same role, but with those two, and Cordarrelle Patterson being added…there's just going to be less volume. Right now my projections have him at 56/500/2…with 85/375/3. That's the 31st highest projection among RB's and he's being taken as the RB 27. I've found that I haven't taken him a single time in mock drafts because it just seems like his ADP reflects his old role. So while we don't know his new role, we know it's not going to get bigger. The best case scenario seems to be that he returns value, and I want to draft players I think will exceed value. Cohen is a pass for me.

We all believed Cohen was underused in John Fox's offense, and while he did finish as a top-15 running back in PPR last year, his touches didn't increase all that much under Matt Nagy. He finished the year with 20 more targets and 12 more rush attempts, which definitely helps, but the additions of David Montgomery and Mike Davis aren't going to help him add much to that number, so he'll have to remain ultra-efficient. Think of Cohen as a younger James White who may not see as many targets, but will get more carries.