FLEX: Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears- $5,900
Defense: Carolina Panthers- $3,900
Similar to Brate, Cohen and the Bears were off in Week 5. But, before the bye week, Cohen had an impressive game. He tallied 174 all-purpose yards and scored once. A chunk of his production came from the pass game, where he caught seven passes for a career high 121 yards. He finished Week 4 with 26.9 fantasy points, fifth most at the position.
What was most surprising from Cohen’s breakout performance was how much more involved he was in the offense compared to Jordan Howard. He out-touched the starting back 20 to 11, even though Howard played in 54% of offensive snaps, compared to Cohen’s 48%.
Through four games, Cohen has compiled 308 total yards and one score. He is averaging five yards per carry and 12 yards per reception. This week Cohen and company travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins.
Opposing backs are averaging 28.1 fantasy points per game, sixth most in the league. Cohen is extremely valuable in this matchup because of Miami’s inability to contain running backs in the passing game. They have allowed backs to catch three touchdown passes, tied for second most in the NFL.
With Matt Nagy running the show in Chicago, it’s very likely Cohen’s role in the offense will continue to grow.
Defensively, the Carolina Panthers are a great value pick at their price. The Panthers have allowed 1,502 total yards, fourth best in the league. In addition, opposing teams have only scored 22.8 points per game, 13th in the NFL.
Carolina has nine total takeaways, seven interceptions and two fumbles. Their seven interceptions are fourth most in the league. They take on a Washington team that has only compiled 1,432 yards, 29th in the league. The Redskins are averaging 20.8 points per game, 24th in the NFL.
Washington failed to score more than 19 points for the first time this season against a below average Saints defense. Their offensive woes will continue in Week 6 against the Panthers.