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TE Jared Cook - St. Louis Rams

6-6, 246Born: 4-7-1987College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 3

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): If the Rams are playing it close to the vest, Cook has no shot at fantasy relevance. His inconsistency was keeping him from hitting his weekly ceiling anyway. He can be dropped.

Week 8: at Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Austin Davis continues to deliver for the Rams, leading a 28-26 upset of the Seahawks during Week 7 - he pitched 18/21 for a modest 152 yards passing, but had two TDs vs. zero interceptions on the day. Benny Cunningham (five targets for 5/46/1 receiving) and Lance Kendricks (three for 2/17/1) snagged the TDs from Davis, while Brian Quick (two for 2/33/0), Chris Givens (one for 1/30/0) and Jared Cook (three for 3/25/0) helped move the chains from time to time. The Chiefs' pass D is ranked second in the league averaging 209.0 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. three interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied for 12th) generated. Philip Rivers was held under 200 net yards passing last week (17/31 for 182 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -23 yards). This secondary is quality, folks. Advantage, Kansas City and their formidable '12th Man' at Arrowhead Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at PHI 4 44 0 0
6 vs SF 4 74 0 0
7 vs SEA 3 25 0 0
8 at KC PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
8 at KC PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
8 at KC PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs PHI (10 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Cook continued to play a big role as a safety valve for Davis. He is almost impossible to guard coming across the middle, as he uses his speed to easily outrun linebackers, and his big frame gives his QB's a big target. However, Cook just missed having 2 big plays in this game, ironically on the Rams first and last play. On their first series, Davis saw Cook deep downfield and Davis missed him by a foot or so. He had broken wide open. Then on the final play of the game, Cook again broke free of his defenders and was wide open. Unfortunately, Davis never saw him and threw it to Quick. Cook also dropped one pass in the first half, as Davis lofted a ball to him on 3rd and 15. Cook had the ball right in his hands, but couldn't quite keep ahold of the ball. Cook is far more consistent than last year. He's a tight end who is probably on the waiver wire in a lot of leagues, and is the perfect bye-week fill-in. He has been very consistent and is getting a lot of looks in the pass-happy Rams offense.

2014 Week 6 vs SF (11 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)

Jared Cook seems to have caught the Mark Ingram anger disease. He's playing angry and looking better and better with each passing week. Cook started the game catching a slant over the middle, blowing past the linebackers as he usually does, and running for 42 yards down the left sideline. On the next possession, Cook ran an out, Davis threw it up, and Cook came down with it. Cook's best play of the night came late in the 2nd half, though it didn't count. He ran a shallow cross, caught the ball, and then violently broke tackles and dragged defenders for a 21 yard gain. Somehow he was called for offensive pass interference. His coach later said that the team never overcame this penalty, and it was a huge momentum swing, especially combined with the ensuing Lloyd 80 yard TD. But this was an angry, violent run by Cook. If he keeps this up, watch out! Cook also had a chance for a possible TD late in the game as the Rams were driving, but he was overthrown while running to the sideline deep in 49er territory. Cook is playing more consistent than he ever has, and should not be on waivers in any league format.

2014 Week 7 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Cook had an early 10 yard first down on a short pass over the middle that he turned into 10 yards. Then at the end of the game, Davis improvised and hit Cook in the flat for 9 yards on a little shovel pass as Seahawks harassed him. But aside from those plays, Cook didn't have the opportunities that have been coming his way so much this season. The three big targets that Davis has been relying on, soaked up defenders and Davis did a great job of not forcing things and throwing the ball to the open man. So Cook spent most of the day as a decoy, ending his string of solid fantasy performances.


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