Jared Cook actually had a career season with the Raiders in 2017, and he will look to build on that performance. Cook had a career-high 54 catches, and his 688 yards were the second best total of his career. He only scored two touchdowns, but he finished the season as the No. 15 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues. Cook is not worth drafting as a starting option in the majority of leagues, but he could be used as a bye-week replacement or streaming option during the year. Cook has never been a consistent Fantasy option, but he does occasionally prove to be useful in the right situation at times during the year.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said he's been surprised by Cook's speed during Oakland's offseason program, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Athleticism has always been Cook's calling card, dating back to his 4.50 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Combine. Gruden may be impressed, but he also has a long history of primarily using his tight ends as blockers. No tight end in a Gruden offense has ever reached 600 receiving yards, a mark Cook hit for the fourth time in his career last season. While still locked in as the Raiders' top pass catcher at his position, Cook may lose snaps to blocking specialists Lee Smith and Derek Carrier on early downs. There's also a bit more competition for targets, with Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant replacing the departed Michael Crabtree at wide receiver.
Cook, who caught three passes on four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers, wrapped up his 2017 campaign with 54 receptions (on 86 targets) for 688 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games. Cook was limited earlier in the week with a wrist injury, but the 30-year-old starting tight end was able to suit up for the season finale as he officially appeared in all 16 games in 2017. The Raiders brought Cook in as a free agent this past year with a desire to provide quarterback Derek Carr with an additional red-zone target and an upgrade from Clive Walford at tight end, but Cook produced just two touchdown receptions and posted single-digit targets in the red zone as Oakland's offensive unit struggled as a whole. Cook has now posted just three scores throughout the last three seasons combined, and there's no reason to believe he'll stray from that trend in 2018 if he remains with the Raiders in what will be his second season of a two-year contract. There were a few positives in 2017 for Cook, however, as he led the team in receiving yards with 688 while outpacing starting receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree down the stretch.
Cook (wrist) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing fully Friday. Cook will be out there if you need him Sunday, but he's been a hit-or-miss fantasy option of late, combining for three catches for 32 yards over his last two games. Meanwhile, he's logged just one outing with more than two catches since Week 11.
Cook (wrist) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Cook played through the wrist injury in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles, catching one pass for 15 yards on two targets while logging 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps. He compiled 290 yards between Weeks 7 and 9, but he's recorded just one outing with more than two receptions in six games since the Raiders' Week 10 bye.
Cook hauled in one of two targets for 15 yards in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles. Cook, who was bothered by a wrist injury earlier in the week, played just eight more snaps than fellow tight end Lee Smith. The latter caught two passes on three targets for 16 yards, slightly outperforming Cook in PPR formats. Cook's final challenge of the 2017 season will come against a tough Chargers defense that gave up just four catches on eight targets for 21 yards to the Jets' top tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, in Week 16.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||4||5.00|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||4||5.00|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||12||6.06|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||12||6.06|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||71||41||515||1||24||12.56||55|