By no means does Chris Cooley deserve to be picked up in fantasy leagues just because he reportedly re-signed with the Washington Redskins, following Fred Davis' reported season-ending Achilles injury.
The Washington Post's Mark Maske has the latest on Cooley and the 'Skins:
Veteran tight end Chris Cooley has agreed to rejoin the Washington Redskins, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night.
Cooley is scheduled to undergo a physical Monday and his re-signing will become official after that, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the team had made no official announcement.
“It’s going to happen,” the person said.
This may be a smart signing for the Redskins because Cooley is comfortable with the team and was a former locker-room leader and fan-favorite in Washington. Still, he would be a foolish pick-up for any fantasy owner looking for a quick boost.
The most important factor is that Cooley has been one of the most injury-plagued tight ends in recent memory. To think he will be able to stay healthy for the remainder of the season after not participating in true NFL-style scenarios is laughable. Even if he were to stay healthy, Robert Griffin III doesn't need a tight end in his aerial attack, he just needs a decoy.
Cooley has been a high-quality blocker throughout his career, in addition to his receiving skills. With his skills in the passing game diminishing in recent years, he will be used primarily to block for RG3.
Sure, Cooley may receive a couple of dink-and-dunk receptions, but a healthy Fred Davis was an awful fantasy option to start the season. He had yet to catch a single touchdown pass and accumulated just 23 receptions for 312 yards.
If RG3 doesn't take off running when a play breaks down, he'll make people miss in the backfield while keeping his eyes locked down field for a bigger gain. RG3 doesn't care about checking down to his tight end unless the defense forces him to. Considering the talented Davis was unable to produce for this team, there's no reason to believe Cooley will.
In 2011, Cooley played in five games and recorded just eight receptions for 65 yards and zero touchdowns. In fact, Cooley, despite his accolades, has only caught six touchdown passes since 2008.
While this may be a feel-good story for Cooley and the Redskins' organization, let some other fool take a chance on an injury-plagued veteran with zero fantasy hope this season.