Jared Cook, TE St. Louis Rams

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Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Rams TE Jared Cook (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Cook is a high-end TE2 against the Raiders simply due to the number of targets he receives.

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Fantasy Upside
Jared Cook has always been a mismatch on paper. At 6-foot-5 and 254 pounds, he's bigger than defensive backs forced to match up with him in coverage and he's faster than most linebackers. He also finished seventh among tight ends with 98 targets last season, up from the 83 looks he received in 2013. The Rams are changing offensive coordinators (Brian Schottenheimer to Frank Cignetti) and have a new quarterback (Nick Foles), but Cook should receive a fair amount of looks again this season.

Fantasy Downside
One of the reasons Lance Kendricks re-signed with the Rams this offseason was because the team promised him an expanded role in the passing game. He reportedly left more money on the table in Atlanta to return to St. Louis for four years at $18.5 million. Although Kendricks lines up in-line and Cook is often detached, if the Rams expand Kendricks' role in the passing game that will mean fewer targets for Cook. And despite seeing 98 targets a year ago, Cook finished with just 52 receptions for 634 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers made him the 15th overall tight end in fantasy last season.

Bottom Line
Cook has been a tease since he entered the league in 2009, flashing big potential but failing to put together a breakout season. His highest fantasy finish came in 2013 when he was TE12 and there's no reason to believe his numbers will climb this year. Cook is what he is at this point in his career: A 50-catch, 630-yard, 3.5-touchdown player. Ranked No. 23 among tight ends at 4for4, avoid him on draft night.

2015 Strength of Schedule - STL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
18
SEA
31
@WAS
24
PIT
30
@ARI
11
@GB
BYE9
CLE
21
SF
10
@MIN
32
CHI
12
@BAL
13
@CIN
30
ARI
19
DET
15
TB
18
@SEA
21
@SF

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1MIN4560814.000000-47/6770%
2TB4460411.500000-38/6162%
3DAL7750910.7110000.0059/7678%
4BYE------------
5PHI44401011.000000-59/7480%
6SF47401118.500000-61/7482%
7SEA325038.330000-36/4973%
8KC1110311.000000-38/5273%
9SF212056.000000-40/5573%
10ARI2841342.000000-46/6274%
11DEN319056.330000-37/6557%
12SD327099.000000-37/6458%
13OAK0001-0000-29/5157%
14WAS4612515.250000-30/6248%
15ARI322087.330000-46/6373%
16NYG541078.200000-39/6362%
17SEA3370712.330000-40/6265%
Totals5263439812.1910000.00682/100068%

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