If you started Buffalo Bills running back James Cook in your fantasy lineups against the Jacksonville Jaguars, I bet it was a decision that you regretted as the game was going on. Cook finished the game in London with 5 carries for -4 rushing yards and 3 catches for 25 yards.
He only had 5 points in fantasy which may have cost some fantasy football owners their matchups. As Cook will be looking for a bounce back week, he has a perfect matchup as the Bills are set to host the 1-4 New York Giants.
James Cook is a must-start in Week 6 for fantasy football
Through five weeks, the Giants run defense has been horrendous, and are currently giving up over 150 rushing yards per game. The five starting running backs that the Giants have faced this season include Tony Pollard, James Conner, Christian McCaffrey, Kenneth Walker, and De’Von Achane. If you take all five of these players and combine their stats, the Giants have given up 491 yards and 6 touchdowns to these running backs which on average is 98 yards.
The Giants are struggling to stop the run and this can set the Bills up in a great position to set up the run for the pass. Now sure, Cook may not be up to the talent as some of these other backs that the Giants have faced but that does not mean that Cook can’t have a breakout game.
Cook currently has just under 50 fantasy points heading into this Week 6 game, and the Bills should be looking to get the run game going early which can boost up Cook’s fantasy numbers. The biggest risk for starting Cook is if Buffalo gets into the red zone, Cook does not see a ton of action from the 20 yard line and in. He is averaging 3 yards a carry while in the red zone, with 8 carries for 24 yards and one touchdown that just got past the goal line.
Look for Cook to be a main contributor for the Buffalo offense and get back on track after going backward in London.