Oh what a ride it has been with Jared Cook. He’s the tight end who seems to have the total package: speed, agility and size. But he just can’t seem to get it together. It’s the aforementioned attributes among others that teases fantasy GMs year in and year out. But it’s time to jump off the bandwagon, because it seems to be missing a wheel.
As I mentioned, Cook has great attributes. His 6-foot-4 stature linked with his 4.5 40-yard speed and great agility makes him seem like Jimmy Graham.
He found a great connection with QB Sam Bradford last season, having a 52 percent success rate as well as having a career-high five touchdowns.
The St. Louis Rams really didn’t bring in anyone who will take away from Cook’s career high targets he saw last season.
Last season, Cook was the 11th ranked TE with a career-high 95 points. But take away his 26 points he scored in Week 1 and replace it with his average points per game, and he would have been the 19th ranked TE. Essentially, he had not improved from his 2012 season in which he regressed from 2011.
The Rams will be more focused on the run game this season with Zac Stacy, meaning he won’t be seeing as many targets this season.
In his last eight games in the 2013 season, Cook saw only two games with over four receptions as opposed to four games with over four or more catches in the first eight games.
If you really think he can consistently bring in big numbers like he teased us with in the season opener last season, you’ll be in for a long season. You can expect merely mediocre games throughout the season, with one or two starter-like games. Even with his low ADP and auction value, he’s really not worth your time.
Auction Value: $0
Projected Round: Undrafted
Bye Week: 4