Powerful tandem backfields have come to fruition in the football world as of late, a modern shift from the bellcow roles commonly seen throughout the history of football. Teams are relying on multiple faces in the backfield to generate a rushing attack, alternating between two backs as opposed to having one specific back shoulder the responsibility on his own.
While this strategy has been beneficial for teams in real-world football, it doesn't make it easy for fantasy owners trying to build a roster. Anticipating which of the two -- or even three, at times -- backs in a timeshare are best to invest in for production is a difficult task. Some teams may have multiple running backs worth buying into in fantasy while in other backfields, the top back is the only fantasy-relevant runner.
The 2018 Chicago Bears are one such dilemma. With a new season upon us, third-year pro Jordan Howard is expected to once again lead the way, with Tarik Cohen possibly seeing an expanded role after a solid rookie season. That “expanded” role is what needs further investigation; is drafting Cohen a viable strategy, regardless of whether Howard is on your team? Does Cohen have standalone value as weekly flex option, particularly in PPR formats?
Let's dive in.
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