The Washington Redskins not only lost a football game on Sunday to the New York Giants 27-23, but the team also lost a key piece of their offense, and apparently the Redskins may tear a page from their recent past in an effort to replace it.
Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports that in light of the season-ending Achilles' injury suffered by tight end Fred Davis the team plans to bring back veteran Chris Cooley, who played with the team from 2004-2011 before being released by Washington prior to the 2012 season.
A source told Maske that contingent on Cooley passing a physical “It’s going to happen." The eight-year pro's reunion with the Redskins was something he predicted in an earlier interview, according to Maske:
The way it looks to me is if something happens here, they would love to have me. If Fred gets hurt or something like that, I think I’d be the guy they sign. I think that.
Bringing back a familiar face may make sense for the Redskins, but right now it doesn't make much sense for fantasy owners who suddenly need a tight end to rush out and add Cooley for a couple of reasons.
Yes, Chris Cooley has shown that he can be a viable fantasy producer when healthy, as the 30-year-old caught 77 passes and finished as a top-five fantasy option at his position in leagues that award a point for receptions as recently as 2010.
However, Cooley has a history of chronic knee problems and was limited to only five games and eight catches last year. The Redskins were concerned enough about Cooley's ability to stay on the field to cut ties with the 30-year-old before this season.
Also, there's the not-so-small matter of Robert Griffin's tendency to eschew throwing the ball to the tight end period.
Through the first six games of this season Davis was averaging fewer than four catches and just over 50 yards a game and ranked outside the top 20 PPR options at his position in fantasy points per game.
Given that an older, rustier Cooley is all but certain to post even lower numbers than that, where exactly is the fantasy upside here?
Listen, if you play in an exceptionally deep fantasy football league where the waiver wire is all but picked clean, then I suppose, if you're desperate for help at tight end, that you could do worse than taking a flier on Cooley given his past.
However, it's important to remember that the past is exactly what it is with Chris Cooley. Fantasy owners who needlessly waste a roster spot chasing it are just setting themselves up to be disappointed.