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Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen

Running Back #29
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 11
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:5'6" / 178 lb.
College:North Carolina A&T
Born:July 26, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 4 (119)
Draft Team:CHI

Tarik Cohen: Targeted nine times

Cohen caught nine passes for 44 yards and rushed four times for 20 yards in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17.

Analysis: After posting over 1,150 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, Cohen was a massive disappointment this season, as he barely posted for three yards per carry and six yards per reception. Despite his lack of production, he actually saw an increase from the 91 targets he had last season, but aside from PPR leagues, he had very little fantasy value. Going into the last year of his rookie contract in 2020, he'll likely be considered as little more than a depth option at running back in fantasy drafts.

December 29, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Targeted four times

Cohen caught three passes for 25 yards and rushed twice for eight yards in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Even though the Bears were trailing for most of the contest, Cohen saw just four targets, leading to a disappointing fantasy performance. Although he's posted 35 or fewer yards in three of his last four games, he's been targeted at least six times in four of his last six games, and his greatest value in a Week 17 matchup against the Vikings will be in leagues that allow a point per reception.

December 22, 2019 9:19 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Targeted 10 times in loss

Cohen caught seven passes for 57 yards and rushed eight times for 28 yards in the Bears' 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Once the Bears fell behind by double digits early in the second half, Cohen logged full-time duty when the offense was in hurry-up mode, which led to him seeing at least 10 targets for the second time this season. This was the third time all season that he surpassed 50 yards from scrimmage, and aside from leagues that award a point per reception, he'll be a risky fantasy option at home in Week 16 against the Chiefs.

December 15, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Pedestrian on yards-per-touch basis

Cohen rushed three times for seven yards and brought in all six of his targets for 24 yards in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday. He also committed two fumbles, but neither was recovered by Dallas.

Analysis: Cohen's lack of impact plays continued Thursday, as the third-year back generated under 40 total yards and went without a touchdown for the second straight game. Cohen did notch his second-highest reception tally of the last seven games, but at an average of just four yards per catch, it didn't amount too much fantasy-wise outside of full PPR formats. Cohen is averaging a pedestrian and career-low 4.4 yards per touch through 13 games, a number he'll look to bump up against the Packers in a Week 15 divisional clash versus the Packers a week from Sunday.

December 5, 2019 9:36 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Quiet in Thanksgiving win

Cohen rushed three times for nine yards and brought in all four targets for 26 yards in the Bears' 24-20 win over the Lions on Thursday.

Analysis: Cohen was only a complementary option in the narrow win, as Mitchell Trubisky and the wideout duo of Anthony Miller and Allen Robinson took center stage in the offense, while backfield mate David Montgomery saw the lion's share of the rushing touches as usual. Cohen has yet to log double-digit carries in 2019, but he does now have at least four catches in four straight contests. The second-year back will look to keep that streak going versus the Cowboys in a Week 14 Thursday night matchup.

November 28, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Targeted nine times

Cohen rushed six times for 25 yards and added seven receptions for 29 yards in the Bears' 19-14 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, Cohen led the Bears' backfield in touches, and during that time, he's posted his only performances of more than 50 yards this season. If he continues to see this level of usage as a runner and receiver, he'll be a useful flex option, especially in leagues that award a point perception.

November 24, 2019 2:35 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Finds end zone again

Cohen rushed nine times for 39 yards and caught five passes (six targets) for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: David Montgomery (ankle) was able to suit up and dominated the backfield carries, but it was Cohen who benefited from Mitch Trubisky's lone touchdown pass in a losing effort. The receiving back has caught touchdowns in consecutive weeks and three on the season (none on the ground). The Bears' stagnant offense -- mainly due to its quarterback's struggles -- has kneecapped Cohen's ability to put up fantasy-worthy numbers. The 24-year-old has accumulated just 367 total yards through 10 games after racking up 1,169 yards in a similar role last season. The inconsistent production should keep Cohen limited as a fringe PPR option against the Giants in Week 12.

November 17, 2019 10:25 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: May benefit if Montgomery sits

Cohen could be in store for a heightened role out of the backfield Sunday against the Rams with starter David Montgomery (ankle) viewed as a game-time decision, Nathan Smith of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: The 5-foot-6, 191-pound Cohen already sees a sizable role in the passing game (6.1 targets per game), but Montgomery's potential absence would create a major void on the ground. While third-string option Ryan Nall is a better fit to absorb most of Montgomery's work between the tackles, Cohen should nonetheless benefit from at least a slight uptick in carries in the event the rookie is sidelined. Cohen hasn't handled more than five carries in any game this season and is averaging 2.7 yards per tote, well below his career rate (4.1 YPC).

November 15, 2019 2:39 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Logs 10 touches

Cohen caught six passes for 39 yards and rushed four times for 10 yards in the Bears' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: With Chicago falling behind 17-0 at the half, they had to lean upon their passing attack to get back into the game. That led to Cohen seeing more snaps than David Montgomery while also being second on the team in targets. Although he caught all but one of his targets, he was unable to post a reception of longer than 12 yards. Although it didn't help most fantasy owners, his biggest play of the game was a long punt return that helped get the Bears back into the contest. This was the first time since Week 1 that he's been targeted more than twice in a game and he's yet to see more than five carries in any contest, making him little more than a flex option in fantasy leagues.

October 6, 2019 2:46 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Finds end zone

Cohen rushed five times for 11 yards while adding two receptions for seven yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 16-6 win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Cohen appeared to be an integral part of the Bears game plan against a stout Minnesota defense. On the first drive of the contest, Mitchell Trubisky was knocked out of the contest, but Chase Daniel connected with him on a short touchdown pass. Once Chicago took control of this contest shortly after halftime, Cohen was used sparingly while David Montgomery took over the majority of the backfield work. Cohen has yet to have more than seven touches in any contest this year, capping his fantasy value as a flex option unless he begins to see more opportunities.

September 29, 2019 4:57 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Quiet in win

Cohen lost two yards on four carries, but caught two of four targets for 26 yards in Monday night's 31-15 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: Cohen was held in check once again, but at least ripped off a season-long, 24-yard reception Monday. He also placed third on the team in receiving, but is yet to top 50 yards through the air this season. With zero touchdowns to date, either, Cohen will be desperate to get going in Week 4, but his matchup against a tough Vikings defense is hardly ideal.

September 23, 2019 9:20 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Receives six touches

Cohen rushed four times for 18 yards while adding a pair of receptions for an additional seven yards in Chicago's 16-14 victory over the Broncos on Sunday.

Analysis: Aside from David Montgomery, Cohen was the second-most utilized player on the Chicago offense. Although he didn't do much with his opportunities, facing a stiff Denver front seven made it difficult for the Bears to sustain much consistent offense. He'll likely be a volatile fantasy option who should have his best performances in shootouts and when the Bears are playing from behind.

September 15, 2019 4:52 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Heavy workload as receiver

Cohen did not log a carry but brought in eight of 10 targets for 49 yards in the Bears' 10-3 loss to the Packers on Thursday. He also returned four punts for 36 yards.

Analysis: Cohen ceded all complementary rushing work to offseason acquisition Mike Davis, but he ended up pacing the Bears in catches for the night. The versatile back saw game script work in his favor during the fourth quarter with the Bears in catch-up mode. If Thursday's workload distribution is any indication, Cohen could featured much less as a runner this season with Davis in the fold, but the atypical nature of the contest makes it hard to draw any lasting conclusions for the time being. Cohen will look to continue shining as a pass catcher versus the Broncos in Week 2 interconference matchup a week from Sunday.

September 5, 2019 9:51 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Could have simplified role

Coach Matt Nagy said he may have asked Cohen to do too much late last season, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun-Times reports. "I do feel like there was a time - probably later in the season - where we probably gave [Cohen] a little bit too much,'' Nagy said Tuesday. ''And when you mentally drain them, it pulls them back physically.''

Analysis: Nagy seems to be referring to what he asked of Cohen from a mental standpoint, not the number of snaps or touches. In addition to his primary role as a passing-down back, Cohen poached some carries from Jordan Howard on early downs, took snaps lined up in the slot or out wide, and even returned punts and a couple kickoffs. The 24-year-old still figures to handle all those functions to some extent, but he may face less of a burden if the Bears get a healthier season from slot receiver Anthony Miller (ankle) as well as some pass-catching contributions from new running backs David Montgomery and Mike Davis. Part of the pressure on Cohen last season was a product of Howard's shortcomings in the passing game and Miller's repeated struggles with a dislocated shoulder. Things appear less promising rom a fantasy perspective, as improved balance on offense could cost Cohen some touches compared to last season.

August 21, 2019 7:15 AM EST

Tarik Cohen: Out for Friday's game

Cohen isn't expected to suit up for Friday's preseason contest against the Giants.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, Cohen will remain on the sidelines. On this occasion, though, he'll be joined by rookie running back David Montgomery, leaving backfield reps to Mike Davis, Ryan Nall and Kerrith Whyte. Considering coach Matt Nagy knows Cohen brings to the offense, the RB is unlikely to see the field before the regular season, when he'll resume his pass-catching role in the offense.

August 16, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Sitting out Thursday

Cohen isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Coach Matt Nagy won't risk the health of several key skill-position players, including Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton. Cohen himself is part of a new-look backfield in the wake of Jordan Howard's departure. While Cohen is expected to hold onto his change-of-pace role in the Bears offense, 2019 third-round pick David Montgomery and free-agent signing Mike Davis will vie for early-down and short-yardage work.

August 8, 2019 4:08 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Preparing for same role

Cohen doesn't expect his role to change this upcoming season, SiriusXM NFL Radio reports. "I feel like I'm going to be doing the same things I was doing last year," Cohen said. "My role is not going to change. I feel like I still have to be the receiving back, come in and be the change-of-pace back, running the ball, be that speed guy."

Analysis: Jordan Howard took 250 carries, 26 targets and 624 snaps from last season out the door to Philadelphia, but the Bears replaced him with Mike Davis (two-year, $6 million contract) and rookie David Montgomery (third-round pick). Cohen apparently expects those two players to handle most of the vacated workload, freeing him up to focus on what he does best, namely catching short passes and running outside the tackle box. His role last season allowed for a No. 17 finish among running backs in standard scoring and No. 11 in PPR, though inconsistent production made him less valuable than the cumulative numbers suggest in most fantasy formats. Cohen had five games with 50 or fewer scrimmage yards and no touchdown, while three big performances accounted for 50.6 percent of his 725 receiving yards. He's unlikely to repeat the extreme level of inconsistency, but there's still potential for a disappearing act when the Bears jump out to an early lead and become less aggressive on offense.

June 20, 2019 9:22 AM EST

Tarik Cohen: Competing with Davis and rookie

Cohen is now competing with Mike Davis and David Montgomery for backfield snaps, Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Cohen's pass-catching prowess gives him the best role security of the trio, but Chicago didn't make significant investments in Davis (two-year, $6 million contract) and Montgomery (third-round pick) just to watch them linger on the bench. Of course, the team lost 624 snaps, 250 carries and 26 targets from 2018 when Jordan Howard was traded to Philadelphia, so there is room for both Davis and Montgomery to earn roles without infringing on Cohen's workload (495 snaps, 99 carries, 91 targets). The third-year scatback also has proven effective from the slot, allowing coach Matt Nagy to keep two running backs on the field at times.

April 30, 2019 8:34 AM EST

Tarik Cohen: Thriving under new head coach

Cohen rushed 99 times for 444 yards and three touchdowns while securing 71 of 91 targets for 725 yards and five touchdowns over 16 games in 2018.

Analysis: The arrival of ex-Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy worked wonders for Cohen, who generated eight touchdowns and 1,200 scrimmage yards in his first season under the first-year head coach. The same can't be said for fellow running back Jordan Howard, who ultimately finished the year with career lows in carries, rushing yards, and yards per carry while seeing Cohen eat into his workload. The Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles was a bitter way to end the season for the versatile scatback -- Cohen gained just 27 yards and no scores on four touches -- but he averaged 10.6 touches and 73.1 scrimmage yards per game during the regular season, setting Cohen up for another solid season in Year 2 under Nagy in 2019.

January 18, 2019 12:29 PM EST

Tarik Cohen: Scores eighth touchdown of season

Cohen rushed five times for 24 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's Week 17 victory over the Vikings, and he ended the season with 1,189 total yards and eight touchdowns.

Analysis: Although he was the Bears' primary receiving weapon out of the backfield this year, his usage was erratic on a week-to-week basis, making him a volatile fantasy option. Signed through 2020, he'll likely continue to see his role grow in the offense, giving him the potential to see a leap in his fantasy production.

December 30, 2018 8:23 PM EST

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