Posted: 1:27 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
By Daniel Kelley
Tight end Jared Cook will look to get back on the right track Thursday night as the St. Louis Rams host the San Francisco 49ers. Cook has had a quiet two games since his huge Week 1 outing against the Arizona Cardinals.
Cook caught seven of his ten targets in Week 1 for 141 yards and two touchdowns, narrowly missing a third score when the ball was stripped just before he entered the end zone. In the two weeks since, Cook has six catches total for 54 yards.
Fantasy impact: As Cook has gone, so have gone the Rams so far. In his huge Week 1, the team won 27-24, but they have lost consecutive games 31-24 and 31-7 at the same time that he's gone ice cold.
The 49ers have shut down opposing tight ends the last couple weeks, though their opponents - Zach Miller and Coby Fleener - are not tight ends on the same level as Cook. In Week 1, San Francisco gave up 56 yards and a score to opposing tight end Jermichael Finley.
With the tight end position - after Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, and Jordan Cameron - struggling as an entire unit so far this season, Cook is still just about a must-start. Our tight end rankings have him at seventh at the position, and that's assuming Rob Gronkowski plays. Cook needs to be out there in the vast majority of leagues.