Fantasy Football: Is it worth starting James Cook in Week 10?

Buffalo Bills v Cincinnati Bengals
Buffalo Bills v Cincinnati Bengals / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

When the Buffalo Bills come to mind, the word inconsistency is the common theme the last month of football. Aside from dealing with multiple injuries on the defense, the offensive unit is having an identity crisis. They went from being a powerhouse unit that was putting up 35+ points in the beginning of the season, to getting off to a late start and at times not finding the endzone until the second half.

While the main guy in Josh Allen has been one of the main headlines on the lack of production on offense, running back James Cook has not been a huge contributor lately. In the first four weeks of the season, Cook managed to get 10+ fantasy points for fantasy owners, including his Week 2 performance where he just fell short of 20 points. Since Week 5, Cook has only reached double digit points once this season.

In Week 9 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Cook had a big favored matchup as the Bengals were giving up 140 rushing yards a game going into that game. All that the Bills had to do was establish the run and get Cook involved. They did the complete opposite that hurt Cook's production. He would finish the game with 6 carries for 20 yards, and adding on 4 catches for 19 yards.

Should fantasy football managers trust James Cook going into Week 10?

At this point in the season, we don't know which Buffalo offense will show up. They pass the ball when they should run it and when they do run it, it is shared between Cook and Latavius Murray.

The Denver Broncos run-defense have given up over 100 rushing yards in five of their eight games this year. Ideally, with the Bills' offense's identity in shambles as of now, the unit should run the ball more than they have. Now the question is whether or not they will.

There is too much to risk with starting Cook heading into Monday night, and he may not be the best option to start in lineups