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What to do with Tarik Cohen in Week 5 fantasy football

Tarik Cohen’s benefitted from playing with Chase Daniel in the past. Is that a narrative that can carry over into Week 5?

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) catches a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at Soldier Field. David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears, who were dead-set this offseason that Tarik Cohen’s workload would need to decrease, have been pretty true to their word the past three weeks. Cohen’s played fewer than 51 percent of Chicago’s offensive snaps in each of those games, with the diminutive running back having also not exceeded seven touches within that span. Combine that with the fact that the Bears have been limited to just 16.5 points per contest so far in 2019, and it’s not difficult to see why Cohen’s been a relative bust to this point in the calendar.

However, could a different face behind center be the change that turns things around for Cohen? Recent history might say yes. Chase Daniel, Chicago’s backup QB, found the 24-year-old for a 10-yard touchdown almost immediately after entering last week’s 16-6 win over the Vikings for the injured Mitch Trubisky. Additionally, Cohen was Daniel’s favorite receiver in the pair of starts he was forced to make in 2018; at least that’s what 22 targets, 19 receptions, 201 yards, and a touchdown would suggest. With the Raiders having surrendered at least five targets to an opposing RB in all four of their matchups, Cohen might be set to keep this narrative going.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen

While it might seem insane to assume that Cohen could expect that type of volume on such a limited snap count, it’s worth pointing out that the man they call the “Human Joystick” didn’t see more than 51 percent of the Bears’ offensive snaps in either of those productive games from last season. It just so happened that Daniel targeted his running backs on a staggering 39 percent of his total passing attempts. You don’t need to go out of your way to get Cohen in a lineup; but, in a PPR, you’d better believe he’s a high quality FLEX option masquerading as Daniel’s security valve.

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