Jared Cook was certainly nowhere near the top of Fantasy Football big boards as drafts went down over the past couple weeks. In fact, he was a late-round selection and I’m sure a player that went undrafted in many leagues across the country. But if you were looking for a tight end to take a flyer on, that also had a really high ceiling, Cook was a decent option to consider.
He was of course getting a fresh start with a new team and there’s never really been any question on how naturally gifted the 26-year old is. But so far in his career, Cook had yet to really breakout. But after his week one performance, things seem to be looking up for the TE and his owners. In total, he hauled in seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Depending on league scoring, Cook likely gained most owners at least 25 points.
The good news is that he seems to be Sam Bradford‘s favorite pass-catcher, as he was targeted a team-high 10 times. His size and speed make him a threat from nearly anywhere on the field, especially in the red zone where TE’s tend to gain most of their points.
However, with all that being said, it’s going to boil down to consistency. Can Cook keep up this torrid pace? The simple answer is no, because there hasn’t been a TE in history that’s put up Cook’s week one numbers throughout an entire season. But, I believe this is finally the year where he will become a reliable weekly starter. If your tight end position is a mess and you’re not in line to pick up Julius Thomas, Cook is worth a waiver claim. It’s too early to tell for sure, but it looks like 2013 is going to the breakout season everyone has been waiting for.