Buffalo Bills: James Cook is a good fantasy football start vs. Raiders

Buffalo Bills running back James Cook (4) reacts after a first down against the New York Jets in the
Buffalo Bills running back James Cook (4) reacts after a first down against the New York Jets in the / Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com /

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to bounce back in Week 2 in a home game against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Bills opened the season against the New York Jets and came up short in overtime losing 22-16.

That game was expected to be tough for points to come by for the offense as the Jets have an excellent defense. The only player who really ended up being a great start in fantasy football was Stefon Diggs who had 10 receptions, 109 receiving yards and a touchdown.

However, Diggs needs another player to step up to take some of the pressure off him and also bring some versatility to the position. This week, that player should be running back James Cook who could be in line for a breakout game, one that ranks him in the Top 12 of the position.

Against the New York Jets, it was clear that James Cook was the featured running back for this offense and got a majority of the work. He had 12 carries, 46 rushing yards along with four receptions for 17 yards.

The receiving work is what makes Cook such a great start this week against the Raiders. Last week, the Denver Broncos leaned on their running backs in the passing game as Samaje Perine and Javonte Williams combined for eight receptions on 10 targets for 42 receiving yards. They also had success running the ball with 21 combined carries for 93 yards.

While Perine and Williams are good running backs, they don't have the explosiveness that James Cook does. If the Bills give Cook a similar workload, there is no reason that he shouldn't be able to surpass those yardage totals, both receiving and rushing.

It would not be surprising to see James Cook finish this week with close to eight receptions, 15 rushing attempts for 120 yards from scrimmage while finding the end zone for the first time this season.

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