Jared Cook: Fantasy Pickups to Start in Place of Injured Titans TE

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2012

Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA;  Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook (89) is tackled by Detroit Lions corner back Chris Houston (23) during the first half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Lions 44-41 in overtime. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook suffered an injury to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the team's 44-41 overtime win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3.

The good news is that the injury may not need surgery according to The Tennessean's John Glennon via Twitter:

Jared Cook has injury to AC Joint of left shoulder. MRI tomorrow. Doesn't think needs surgery.

— John Glennon (@glennonsports) September 23, 2012


Still, fantasy football owners who are banking on Cook to start for their team in Week 4 should consider adding another tight end to carry the load this weekend. 

Let's take a look at some pickups fantasy owners should consider starting in place of Cook in Week 4.


Craig Stevens, Tennessee Titans

Why not look to add Cook's backup? Fifth-year Titans tight end Craig Stevens had just 20 receptions combined in 30 games from 2010-2011, but made five catches for 63 yards in Week 3 with Cook out of the lineup to injury. 

Stevens has seven catches this season for 114 yards, but those numbers are sure to increase if Cook can't suit up against the Houston Texans in Week 4. The former California Golden Bear has a great set of hands and is a reliable target at 6'3", but has struggled to make it out of Cook's shadow in recent seasons.

Stevens is owned in nearly zero percent of ESPN fantasy leagues this season, but that will no doubt change as owners look to add him to their roster following the injury to Cook.


Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins

The veteran Miami Dolphins tight end has been targeted 18 times in three games this season and has been on the receiving end of nearly 20 percent of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill's completions. Fasano has 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown overall after three weeks.

In Week 4, he and the Fins will travel west to play the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona boasts a Top 10 passing defense this fall, and will likely force Tannehill to check down to his backs and tight end more times than not. That's where Fasano will excel for owners in PPR leagues. 

As long as Fasano continues to stay healthy, as he has throughout his seven-year career, he will remain one of the Dolphins' premier targets in the passing game.

Fasano is owned in slightly more than one percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.


Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals athletic tight end Jermaine Gresham will likely be a more challenging pickup for fantasy football fans out there as he is owned in roughly 21 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues this season. And Gresham's performance in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins will only add to his appeal.

The third-year tight end caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown last Sunday, and has been targeted 20 times in three games this season. Only wide receiver A.J. Green has been targeted more.

Overall, Gresham has 12 catches on the year for 131 yards and a score. In Week 4 he will be up against a dreadful pass defense on the road in Jacksonville. The Jaguars rank 21st defending the pass this year, and give up 258 yards through the air per week on average.

Look for Gresham, along with the other aforementioned options to step up this weekend and deliver some much-needed fantasy production in place of the injured Jared Cook. 


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