Week one of the NFL season is forcing some tough decisions in Fantasy Football, and a couple of those decisions revolve around Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams and Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen.
Last weekend, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson — the 2016 No. 4 fantasy scorer behind only Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees — was injured and is expected to be out 2-3 months after wrist surgery.
The Chicago Bears had better news, though they lost to Atlanta, in the fact that a young running back emerged as a legitimate option to steal touches from starter Jordan Howard.
So this week you might be left with a tough decision — to start Kerwynn Williams or Tarik Cohen on your fantasy lineup.
Williams takes over as the starter in Arizona after Johnson's injury. A seventh-round pick in 2013, Williams has 545 career rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. He's a fantasy play you could be forced to make if you had David Johnson in your lineup and are looking for replacements.
Williams is likely to split time with Andre Ellington and the recently re-signed Chris Johnson, although he's expected to get the first shot come Saturday's game against Indianapolis. The good news this weekend is that Indianapolis couldn't slow down the L.A. Rams last week, so the Arizona offense could get going.
If the choice is between Williams and Bears running back Tarik Cohen, I say go with Cohen.
The rookie back out of North Carolina A&T, Cohen had a huge outing in the opener against Atlanta, helping Chicago stick around with the NFC champs.
Cohen ran 5 times for 66 yards and caught seven passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. He made an immediate impact and looked like a regular member of the offense.
Cohen scored 17.3 fantasy points in week one against Atlanta. Williams scored 26 the entirety of last season for Arizona, albeit playing behind David Johnson.
If you have Tarik Cohen or Kerwynn Williams, playing one this weekend could pay off. And if you have both, put Cohen in your lineup first.