Jared Cook's arrival helps another Raider's Fantasy Football stock more than his
Nope, Jared Cook still isn't a tight end worth chasing in Fantasy -- but there is someone else who will benefit from his presence.
Now that he’s a Raider, Jared Cook joins an AFC West conference that has tight end stopper Eric Berry in Kansas City, a pair of aggressive safeties in an aggressive defense in Denver and an up-and-coming defense in Los Angeles with the Chargers.
These three teams allowed four touchdowns each to tight ends in 2016 -- and none to Oakland.
So there’s six games you won’t feel good starting Oakland’s new tight end.
Good luck, Cook.
Frankly, it’s hard to count on him for Fantasy, even if you buy into Cook’s explosive postseason with a depleted Packers receiving corps. An underachiever for so much of his career, Cook joins a Raiders squad that in 2016 saw 83 targets go to its tight ends for 57 grabs, 580 yards and just four scores.
It’s easy to see Cook as a red-zone target for Derek Carr. He’s big, he’s strong and the Raiders are in need of options not named Michael Crabtree or Amari Cooper. But drafting him is a non-starter -- even guys like Cameron Brate, Jack Doyle and current Packers tight end Martellus Bennett figure to be more productive over the long haul.
Cook figures to be a one-week pluck off waivers. If you like his Week 1 matchup (and you’re into torturing yourself) then pick him up with one of your last picks on Draft Day.
Cook’s arrival is a positive for Derek Carr, however. Look, trusting the disappointing tight end in Fantasy is one thing, having him contribute to Carr’s stat line is another. Cook can help spread defenses thin and gives Carr a more appealing tight end to target than Clive Walford or Mychal Rivera.
Figure Cook helps add a few touchdowns and a few hundred yards to Carr’s bottom line. He remains a slam-dunk Top 10 Fantasy quarterback.
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