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Jared Cook


#22 Tight End

77 Projected Points

ADP: 15.9
Bye: 7
Experience: 12 Yr(s)
Age: 34
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 248
40 Time: 4.49

2021 Projections & Outlook


#22 Tight End

77 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
15.9 42 538 4 0

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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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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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Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) is expected to play against the Chargers tonight, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Cook was limited in practice all week after missing Week 4, so he'll carry elevated risk in fantasy lineups.

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Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Chargers after a limited week of practice. With the late kickoff, you're better off looking elsewhere for your starting TE this week.

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