Cook (shoulder) is no longer on the Raiders' Week 3 injury report after returning to a full practice Friday. He's good to go for Sunday's game against Washington, and following a week in which several tight ends were injured, Cook merits a look in deeper fantasy formats. In his first two games in an Oakland uniform, Cook has combined for nine catches (on 11 targets) for 81 yards.
Cook was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Cook apparently came out of Sunday's 45-20 win over the Jets with a minor injury, but his ability to practice in some capacity suggests it won't derail him heading into Week 3. He's garnered a surprising generous target share through two weeks, accounting for 11 of Derek Carr's 60 pass attempts (18.3 percent). Next up for Cook is a matchup with a Washington defense that has surrendered a league-high 208 receiving yards to tight ends.
Cook made four receptions on six targets for 25 yards during Sunday's 45-20 win over the Jets. Cook tied for the Raiders' lead in targets with six in Week 2 but was overshadowed by receiver Michael Crabtree, who hauled in three touchdown passes among his six catches for 80 yards. Through two games Cook has seen a healthy 11 targets and secured nine catches, but has yet to be much of a factor in the red zone with Amari Cooper, Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch earning priority in that department thus far. Cook will look to grab his first touchdown as a Raider in Week 3 at Washington, though it remains clear there are many mouths for quarterback Derek Carr to feed.
Cook caught five passes on as many targets for 56 yards during Sunday's win over the Titans. Cook appeared to be in sync with quarterback Derek Carr during the duo's first regular-season action together, connecting on all five targets thrown Cook's way. He caught one less pass than Michael Crabtree and snagged the same number as Amari Cooper, despite seeing less targets than both starting wide receivers. No other Raiders tight end made a reception, with Lee Smith serving primarily as a blocker and Clive Walford appearing on just five offensive snaps. Expect Cook to earn a similar level of involvement in Week 2 against the Jets as he looks to build his rapport with Carr.
Cook hauled in his lone target for 16 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams. Cook played 15 snaps with the first unit during the first half of the Raiders' second preseason contest, while Lee Smith also started as the team came out with a two-tight end formation. Smith is used primarily as a blocker, but he actually outproduced Cook with two catches on two targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. Cook's volume in the aerial attack could be slightly impacted if the Raiders continue to feature both tight ends, though he's clearly the more accomplished pass catcher of the duo.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Chargers||7||4.00|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||8||5.00|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||31||12.00|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||30||11.00|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||8||5.00|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||75||40||497||1||23||12.43||55|