Chris Cooley: Fantasy Owners Should Gamble on Redskins TE

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins needed a tight end, so it makes sense they would turn to the familiar face of Chris Cooley to solve their immediate problems, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. So as we look ahead, is it time to start scouring the waiver wire for his services?

Before we get too far ahead, it has to be mentioned that Cooley should get a lot of opportunities in this offense because Fred Davis, who was leading the Redskins in receptions and receiving yards, is out for the season with a torn Achilles

So Davis goes out, Cooley steps in and fantasy owners everywhere want to know exactly what to expect from the Redskins' tight end position. 

Frankly speaking, there is no reason to think there will be a significant drop in production between what Davis was giving and what Cooley offers.

For starters, you have to look at the offense around Cooley. Robert Griffin III has been terrific for the Redskins so far this season, and he has managed to put up big numbers despite having a weak receiving corps.

As we saw with Davis, when Griffin gets in trouble, he is going to try and find his tight end. The tight end position is the biggest potential difference-maker for an offense, if you have the right one. 

Even though Cooley has yet to play a game this season, we know what he is capable of doing because of his track record of success. In eight seasons with the Redskins, he has caught 428 passes for 4,703 yards and 33 touchdowns. 

Those numbers look even better when you consider that Cooley's quarterbacks during that span included Mark Brunell, Patrick Ramsey, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman and John Beck. 

Fantasy owners do know, or at least should, that there are inherent risks with a player like Cooley. He missed 11 games last season and only played in seven games in 2009. 

However, it is not like you are making a trade or investing a lot of time and effort in Cooley. He is a player who once had very good success making a return to the franchise that he had success with. 

It is a potential low-risk, high-reward proposition. There is no reason not to take a flier on Cooley, even if you don't have an immediate need at the tight end position. Don't go expecting a lot of touchdowns since the Redskins tight ends this season have combined for a grand total of zero. 

But as a player with good hands who can catch the ball in traffic, Cooley is as good an option as you will find on the market at this point in the season.