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9 months ago

Rams TE Jared Cook (back) is active for today’s game against the Chargers. We haven’t heard that the back will be an issue, but Cook is still a weak fantasy play. He’s topped 25 yards in just 1 of his past 5 games, and San Diego ranks 4th in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

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Rams TE Jared Cook (back) was limited in practice this week and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. We haven’t heard any indication that he’s in danger of sitting out, but the back issue only makes him a shakier fantasy play. Cook has topped 25 yards in just 1 of his past 5 games.

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1 year ago

Rams TE Lance Kendricks returned to practice Wednesday.  He sat out the Week 10 contest with a fractured finger before last week's bye.  HC Jeff Fisher indicated, however, that the TE should play against Chicago on Sunday.  "It’s not an issue blocking," Fisher said, per ESPN.com. "He’s made some catches, so yeah I’m sure he’ll be fine."  Kendricks isn't much of a fantasy option and could also cut into the already-uninspiring value of TE Jared Cook.

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Rams TE Lance Kendricks (finger) didn't practice all week and is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts.  His absence should mean a few extra targets for TE Jared Cook.

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Rams TE Lance Kendricks fractured a finger in Sunday's loss to the Titans.  The team's not yet sure whether it'll cost him any games.  "We're just doing some tests right now to see what the best way to go about to either cast it or repair it," HC Jeff Fisher told ESPN.com.  "There's a chance that he may miss some time. How much, I don't know." Kendricks is a fringe fantasy option in deep leagues at best.  No huge loss if he sits out.  And actually, his absence could help push a couple more targets Jared Cook's way.

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2 years ago

"I have not seen a better offensive weapon in all the practices I’ve seen on this training camp tour than I saw in the athletic and imposing [Jared] Cook."  That's from Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the latest insider to tout the Rams TE.  Cook has been a standout in training camp, quickly emerging as one of QB Sam Bradford's favorite targets.  Cook has always been an elite talent.  He might finally be ready to turn that into elite fantasy production.  We like his odds of finishing as a top-10 TE this season, making Cook a prime target at his current 9th-round ADP.

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Rams insider Joe Lyons thinks QB Sam Bradford is "primed for a big season."  After watching a little over a week of training camp, Lyons sees the Rams offense looking to "spread the field with the short- and medium-range passing game."  There are plenty of weapons here with Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Jared Cook.  And Bradford looks "much more comfortable" in his 2nd season with OC Brian Schottenheimer, per Lyons.  We also talked to Lyons about Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Brian Quick and the Rams backfield.  Click here to check out the entire interview.

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The prevailing wisdom most of the offseason was that rookie WR Tavon Austin would take over WR Danny Amendola's role in St. Louis.  But 2 different insiders have recently suggested that it'll instead be TE Jared Cook.  QB Sam Bradford and Cook have "already connected endlessly in camp, making one believe he'll serve as Bradford's security blanket like Danny Amendola was in 2012," writes NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.  Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch concurs.  "Although Cook is listed as a tight end, it almost feels as if he’s taken over Amendola’s slot position in the offense," Burwell writes.  It sounds like Cook is in store for a boatload of targets this season.  He should zoom by his career high of 49 catches. There's clear top-10 fantasy upside here.

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CB Cortland Finnegan conceded to The Tennessean that he was skeptical when the Rams signed TE Jared Cook this offseason.  "But when he got there, he’s been tearing it up like I’ve never seen," Finnegan added.  "He’s comfortable, he’s back where he wants to be and I’m excited to have him."  Finnegan played for the Titans through Cook's 1st 3 years in the league before joining HC Jeff Fisher in St. Louis last offseason.  He's also not one to hold back his words.  So his praise for Cook carries some weight.  We certainly still believe in the upside on the athletic pass-catcher, and he found plenty of interest on the open market after the Titans let him walk.  Click here to see where Cook sits in our 2013 fantasy football rankings.

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Rams beat writer Joe Lyons notes that QB Sam Bradford and TE Jared Cook "seem to be clicking" in OTAs.  That doesn't mean a whole lot in pad-less practices in May, but it's better than hearing the opposite.  Cook's understanding of the offense and chemistry with Bradford are his 2 biggest issues heading into 2013.  The guy is plenty talented.  And Lyons confirms that Cook will be a "huge part" of the Rams' offense.  There's top 8 upside here.

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2 years ago

CBS’ Jason La Canfora expects Rams TE Jared Cook to assume the role of departed WR Danny Amendola. Cook can push a defense vertically, and he’ll also provide relief as a safety valve. At 6’5, 250 pounds, Sam Bradford has a capable TE for the first time in his career. Tavon Austin might enter September as the favorite to lead the team in targets. But Cook’s raw talent and increased workload will still carry top-8 upside.

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2 years ago

The Rams selected West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey in the 3rd round. He’s now reunited with college teammate Tavon Austin, who St. Louis moved up to grab in Round 1. Bailey is built compactly at 5’10, 194 pounds but plays large. He also owns a reliable pair of hands and is considered one of this draft’s premier route runners. A polished product, Bailey would push for fantasy value in the right situation. But in St. Louis, he’s no better than the 4th option behind Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Chris Givens.

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