Where to draft Buffalo Bills RB James Cook

The Buffalo Bills selected Georgia RB James Cook in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft, giving the Bills another impressive player at the position.

The Bills were rested in their preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 13, but Cook wasn’t overly impressive in his pro debut. He managed just 5 yards on 3 carries (1.7 yards per carry) and caught 1 pass for 5 yards.

We look below James Cook 2022 fantasy football average draft position (ADP) and his draft position.

Cook is looking to move up the rankings as he competes to be the backup to RB Devin Singletary, the presumptive starter. But the rookie will have to jump over RB Zach Moss as well as veteran RB Duke Johnson, so it will be tough for the second-rounder to move up.

James Cook’s ADP: 101.49

(ADP data courtesy of MyFantasyLeague.com)

Cook’s ADP puts him right in the 9-10 round areas in fantasy leagues with 12 or more teams. His ADP is rising, and he ranks third among rookie running backs behind New York Jets RB Brice Hall (43.62) and Seattle Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III (86.08).

In goalie league drafts, Cook has moved up a lot, and his ADP is 37.08, which puts him in the late 3rd round or early 4th round (depending on how many teams are in your league), just ahead of Green Bay RB A Jay Dillon. (37.30) and Tampa Bay RB Rachaad White (38.39).

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James Cook’s stats for 2021

Games: 15 (in Georgia)

Carries out | rushing yards: 113 | 728

Rapid landings: 7

Techniques reception yards: 27 | 284

Receiving touchdowns: 4

Where should Cook be called?

Cook has a ton of potential and the Bills certainly think so after blowing the NCAA national champions in the 2nd round. The rookie should be able to help the Bills in 2022, though he has a lot of company in the running backs room, which is a little confusing.

Cook is unlikely to jump over incumbent starter Singletary, but it’s not hard to see how the former UGA Bulldog jumped over Moss. The former Utah standout couldn’t stay healthy for long, and Cook has a very similar skill set. In fact, Cook is very good at catching the ball out of bounds, and most likely he could get a good role as a 3rd defender.

In keeper formats, Cook has a lot of upside, and that’s why he won’t last past Round 4. League newsrooms, however, would be wise to take it easy. While the trend in recent seasons has been to rely on rookies a bit more early than in the past, it’s still a good idea to use tried and true rookies over unproven rookies, limiting your roster to one, maybe two, first-year players at best.

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