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TE Jared Cook - St. Louis Rams

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

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Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. As of midweek, we're in limbo as to who will start at quarterback for the Rams. Stay tuned to the Footballguys.com Players in the News to see whether Shaun Hill or Austin Davis is expected under center. As of mid-week, our guess is that Davis will the the start - he's projected by David Dodds to have 20/31 for 237 yards passing, 1.3 TDs thrown and .9 interceptions in this game. That places Davis at #30 overall fantasy quarterback - fantasy owners should look at other options when considering fantasy starters this week due to the uncertainty around the quarterback situation in St. Louis. Dallas' pass D is mediocre, ranking 13th in the NFL averaging 212.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three TDs given up to date and two interceptions generated (along with three sacks so far). Last week, Jake Locker managed 18/34 for 232 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -2 yards. Whoever starts for the Rams has a neutral matchup vs. Dallas. Don't expect a stunning day from either Davis or Hill, and then you won't be disappointed.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 vs MIN 4 56 0 0
2 at TB 4 46 0 0
3 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs MIN (8 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)

Cook seemed better adjusted to the offense than a year ago. He opened the game with a 19 yard reception across the middle from Shaun Hill. In the second half, Davis hit Cook on a playaction pass for a 10 yard first down. Then Davis threw a lob and Cook was manhandled by the defender, but still jumped up and made an impressive 26 yard reception. Cook wouldn't be Cook if he didn't make a bonehead play or two, and one was an offensive pass interference penalty that stalled another 2nd half drive. If the Rams have any chance this year, they need Cook to provide big-play ability in the center of the field. Perhaps in this game there was a glimmer of hope.

2014 Week 2 vs TB (4 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

At the start of the 2nd half, the Rams were backed up in their own endzone. Austin Davis showed no fear of the endzone, and threw it down the left sideline in the air. Cook made a great adjustment on the ball that was thrown at his back shoulder, coming down with the 22 yard reception. Cook is another potential sleeper for ST. Louis as the season goes along. Last year Cook disappeared quite a bit. This season, he seems involved. Sure, his numbers aren't eye-popping, but he has 4 receptions in both of the first games. If he can actually become a consistent threat in the middle of the field, this will prove to be a very valuable tool for the QB, because last year Cook seemed to struggle with the offense and rarely made himself a part of the gameplan. Last season, he only had back-to-back 4 reception games once. This season he started out with 4 in the first two weeks. Keep an eye on him. IF he gets consistent, he could be a top ten TE.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

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Schedule

3vs Dallas Cowboys
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs San Francisco 49ers
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10@ Arizona Cardinals
11vs Denver Broncos
12@ San Diego Chargers
13vs Oakland Raiders
14@ Washington Redskins
15vs Arizona Cardinals
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks