Tarik Cohen Fantasy Value Improving as Draft Position Falls Amid David Montgomery Hype

Jason Schandl
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David Montgomery is the Chicago Bears' running back getting the most attention heading into the 2019 season. There's plenty of reason to be excited about the third-round rookie, but fantasy football players would be wise not to forget about Tarik Cohen as he heads into his third season with the Bears.

As the Montgomery hype has picked up, Cohen has actually become the less expensive fantasy asset, sporting an average draft position (ADP) of RB30 (70th overall), compared to RB22 (42nd overall) for Montgomery, according to FantasyPros.com. This could make Cohen a draft-day steal.

Tarik Cohen Fantasy Football Outlook 2019

Since Cohen entered the league in 2017, he has the fourth-most receptions (123) and fifth-most targets (162) of any running back in the league. Those 124 receptions are also the ninth most ever recorded by an NFL RB across his first two seasons.

Montgomery showed some receiving chops at Iowa State, but 71 receptions and 582 yards across his three seasons in Ames isn't the kind of production that should create concerns around Cohen's role in the Bears' passing attack.

The team trading up to draft a running back could be an indicator that Montgomery is in for some serious rushing work as a rookie, but that also isn't likely much of a concern for Cohen's value. Jordan Howard is one of only three players in the NFL to eclipse 500 rush attempts (526) over the last two seasons. Cohen still saw 87 carries as a rookie and 99 in 2018.

Cohen finished 17th in fantasy scoring among RBs in standard leagues in 2018, with that ranking jumping to 11th in PPR formats. With such a big gap between that finish and his 2019 draft value, we don't even need to entirely write off the concern that Montgomery could cut into Cohen's workload. There's room for both that to happen and for Cohen to still return solid value.

Currently being drafted close to his apparent floor for fantasy production, Cohen looks to be a relatively low-risk fantasy investment in 2019.

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