Draft Zone: 9th Ranked Tight End – Rams Jared Cook

St. Louis Rams’ Jared Cook is the 9th ranked tight end in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 97, he’s likely to be taken in the late eighth, or early ninth rounds of standard 12-person fantasy drafts

Cook, who spent the last four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, stands at an impressive 6’5” tall. During the 2012 season, Cook played in 13 games, hauling in 44 receptions for 523 with 4 touchdowns before being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

With a new offense and quarterback, fantasy owners may be hesitant to consider him a #1 tight end. However, reports out of Rams training camp indicate that quarterback Sam Bradford and Cook have been “connecting endlessly,” and head coach Jeff Fisher expects for Cook to be Bradford’s “security blanket” this season.

Cook has the ability to post big numbers if he can stay healthy. In 2011 he hauled in 49 receptions for 759 yards and 3 touchdowns. If Cook and Bradford continue to develop their chemistry through the rest of training camp, expect him to make a push for a top 5 fantasy tight end spot.

Fantasypros.com projects Cook to be taken just four spots earlier, 93, in standard 12-person PPR (points per reception) leagues. Regardless of your league settings, expect Jared Cook to be a steal in the eighth or ninth rounds of fantasy drafts.

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