James Cook Scouting Report & Fantasy Football Outlook

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2023

There was some speculation that the Bills could look to bolster their weakest skill position with a running back pick as soon as the first round. But they waited until the end of the second round to consider the position, and ended up with a complementary, but quality specialist as a pass-catcher.

No one will realistically expect Devin Singletary to carry a heavy load as a featured back. Now it appears he will be in a time share with Cook, with the rookie possibly becoming a frequent contributor as a receiver. The Bills continue to see the RB position as an afterthought and fit Cook in as another pass-catcher in an offense that doesn’t intend to display traditional offensive balance.

James Cook NFL Draft Outlook

Cook is the younger brother of Dalvin Cook, but he is nowhere near the same type of complete running back. He figures to be more of a pure satellite back at the NFL level who will offer an occasional spark when he carries the ball.

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Cook is a respectable runner, as he is patient and not afraid of contact. But he truly fits best in an offense that clearly emphasizes the passing game first and foremost. He has excellent hands and can be a big-play threat in open space.

Neither Buffalo running back should be expected to carry a heavy workload, but Singletary and Cook should complement each other adequately, and Cook could emerge as a good additional weapon for Josh Allen.

James Cook Fantasy Football RB Tips

Cook will have some appeal in PPR formats as a fourth running back. He does not figure to be utilized as a regular starting option, but should be considered as a bye week or injury filler. When the matchup is right, he could provide some PPR upside.

The new Buffalo RB may also become a nifty DFS play with some upside for tournaments. Buffalo will feature other pass-catchers ahead of him, so consistency will be an issue. Cook may be a second-round pick as a rookie in dynasty formats.

James Cook Scouting Report


  • Excellent hands
  • Dangerous in open space
  • Willing runner who can make occasional contributions as a change-of-pace option


  • May not be much of a TD threat, especially as a runner
  • Pass-blocking concerns could lead to fewer reps as a rookie


Scott Engel

Scott Engel is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously he was at and The Athletic. His work is also featured at RotoBaller and on Scott is a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 13-time finalist. He was an Associate Editor and featured writer at and his career began at CBS SportsLine, where he was a Senior Writer and Managing Editor. Scott was the Managing Director at RotoExperts.

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