The Tennessee Titans have one of the most interesting stories heading into the 2012 NFL season as Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck should provide one of the most fascinating quarterback battles to keep an eye on throughout the preseason. However, one of the more interesting players to keep an eye on will be Jared Cook–who looks to emerge as one of the top 2012 fantasy football sleepers for the upcoming season.
Cook started five of the 16 games he played in for the Titans in 2011 and the former South Carolina star recorded his best NFL season from a statistical standpoint after catching 49 passes for 759 yards to go along with three touchdowns. Whether Locker or Hasselbeck is throwing the football, expectations are high for Cook entering his fourth season and if the previous three years are any indication of what’s to come–the tight end could be in for his best NFL season so far.
Since joining the Titans in 2009, Cook’s numbers have improved each season and there’s a good chance he’ll be receiving more playing time this upcoming season. From a fantasy perspective, Cook may not be at the same level as some of the other great pass-catching tight ends in the league like Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham–but he’s certainly a sleeper to keep an eye on in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Who knows–Cook may turn out to be one of those late-round picks selected for the purpose of a backup that could move his way into the starting spot for some fantasy teams this season.