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Jared Cook
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#20 Tight End

74 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 12 Yr(s)
Age: 34
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 248
40 Time: 4.49

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 6
Cook led the Chargers with 7 targets on a day that Justin Herbert was under heavy pressure and struggling to find any rhythm. Facing a Baltimore defense that’s been one of the weaker units in the league, Herbert made it a point to look Cook’s way, but the relentless pressure they put on the QB forced shorter passes, unlike the usual seam routes that Cook excels on. He did end up with a decent fantasy day by scoring the Chargers’ only TD on a red zone strike in the 1st quarter, but he was mostly quiet after that.

Although his targets have been between 3 and 7 each game, Cook has posted at least 25 yards in each of his last 5 games. In 4 of those contests, his yardage totals were 25, 27, 28, and 29, so he hasn’t shown consistent yardage upside. However, he’s scored in 2 of the last 3 and he remains a factor in the red zone. Overall, he’s a borderline fantasy starter who’s often dependent on scoring a TD.
Week 5
Behind Mike Williams, Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler there isn’t much to go around. In week 5 Donald Parham did find the end zone, but he only ran 17 routes on 48 Justin Herbert dropbacks. Meanwhile, Cook paced the team in TE routes with 32, but only caught 1 pass for 29 yards on a week where Herbert went for almost 400 passing yards. Unless an injury occurs to one of these players it is best to look elsewhere at the TE position.
Week 4
Cook caught 6 of 7 targets for 70 yards and 1 TD in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Raiders.
Cook led the team in receiving and was 2nd to Keenan Allen (11) with his 7 targets. The Chargers seemed to call his number often in key situations on 3rd and 4th downs and he was able to turn a 3rd down red zone target into a TD.
Cook has been impressive this season and should be viewed as a borderline TE1 in Week 5’s matchup against the Browns.
Week 3
Cook posted just 2 grabs for 27 yards on a day that saw Justin Herbert go off for 281-4. The veteran TE notched only 3 targets — 5th most on the team. This offseason is clearly running through Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, and there’s not much room for a 4th option. That’s despite Cook ranking T-7th among TEs in routes run. He’ll remain a low-end spot-starter going forward.
Week 2
Cook was a good underneath target for QB Justin Herbert. Officially, Cook caught 3 of 5 targets for 28 yards. Another 7-yard catch that ended in the end zone was wiped out by a penalty. Cook has been a viable fantasy TE almost from the time he arrived in the NFL in 2009. He’s now playing with his 6th team, but there seems to be more in the tank. Of his 41 career TDs, 22 have come during the last 3 seasons. He’s worth at least stashing on a deep roster in case your fantasy starting TE is injured or ineffective.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Cook inked a fully guaranteed 1-year, $4.5 million deal with the Chargers this offseason.
  • He’s reuniting with new Chargers OC Joe Lombardi, who was with the Saints as QBs coach with Cook the past 2 years.
  • Cook posted 43-705-9 and 37-504-7 lines those seasons. He finished top 7 among TEs in PPR and non-PPR points in 2019; 17th in PPR and 12th in non-PPR last year.
  • Cook remained effective last year, ranking 11th in yards per route run and 14th in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades among 34 TEs with 40+ targets.
  • He turned 34 in April and missed 3 games over the past 2 seasons with a concussion and groin injury.
  • TE Hunter Henry, who departed in free agency, finished 2nd on the Chargers with 93 targets in 14 games last year. He garnered a 16.6% target share in those 14 games.
    • Henry’s volume likely benefited at least a bit from RB Austin Ekeler missing 6 games and WR Keenan Allen 2.
  • The Chargers added TE Tre’ McKitty in the 3rd round of this year’s draft, although it sounds like they view him as a block-first TE initially.
  • TE Donald Parham, an athletic 6’8, 240-pounder who flashed late last season, is probably a bigger threat to Cook’s targets. But Cook should at least open the year as the Chargers’ lead TE.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Cook is the favorite to lead Chargers TEs in targets this year. He remained effective for the Saints the past 2 seasons and should be comfortable under new OC Jom Lombardi, who is also coming over from New Orleans.

The risks? Cook turned 34 in April, has had his fair share of injuries and could be pushed by TE Donald Parham.

You probably don’t want to open the year with Cook as your TE1. But he certainly has the potential to at least be a spot starter.

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Chargers TE Jared Cook has been activated from the COVID list. He'll be back for Sunday night's win-and-in game vs. the Raiders.

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The Chargers have placed TE Jared Cook on the COVID list, knocking him out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. That leaves Stephen Anderson and Tre' McKitty at TE. Neither is an option for common season-long leagues. Anderson could be in play for DFS consideration at minimum salary.

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The Chargers have agreed to a 1-year deal with TE Jared Cook, worth up to $6 million, according to multiple reports. Cook, of course, spent the past 2 years in New Orleans, where his targets dipped but his efficiency spiked. Cook posted 2 of his 3 best yards-per-catch rates with the Saints and scored on 20% of his catches. He faces plenty of opportunity with the Chargers, who allowed TE Hunter Henry to walk in free agency. Cook should face some competition from 23-year-old Donald Parham, but his arrival should also knock Parham's best-ball ADP down from its recent rise. Cook is heading into his age-34 season, so some decline in his performance is certainly possible.

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The Saints released TEs Jared Cook and Josh Hill. The Cook move was just a formality, with his contract set to expire later this month anyway. He gets a head start now on finding his next employer. The soon-to-be 34-year-old remained effective last season, posting a 37-504-7 line on 60 targets. Hill saw just 10 targets last year, so his departure doesn't move the needle. But the moves in tandem open the door for 2020 3rd-rounder Adam Trautman to take over as New Orleans' starter. He's a 2021 breakout candidate.

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Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) is active for tonight's game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week after missing Week 4, so Cook is a risk/reward fantasy play. TE Adam Trautman is a healthy scratch tonight.

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