Chris Cooley: Fantasy Owners Shouldn't Scramble to Add Redskins TE

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2012

July 30, 2012; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) runs with the ball during Redskins training camp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Ladies and gentlemen, the 43 fantasy points that the Washington Redskins tight ends have scored this year combined is less than Rob Gronkowski (69), Tony Gonzalez (66), Owen Daniels (61), Heath Miller (59), Vernon Davis (55), Kyle Rudolph (51) and Martellus Bennett (46) have all scored individually.

So what makes you think Chris Cooley is a worthwhile pickup in fantasy football now that he's been signed by the Redskins in the wake of Fred Davis' season-ending torn Achilles?

Most of you haven't added him, thankfully. In ESPN leagues, he's seen just 0.9 percent of owners pick him up this week (eighth among tight ends).

America, good on you for waiting him out.

Beyond the fact that Washington's tight ends have been unreliable in general this year, Cooley will now likely be splitting time with Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen. As he told Mark Maske of  The Washington Post, he doesn't yet know what his role will be:

I’m assuming I’ll play whatever they need me to play. We’ll see how we go from there… And that could change as the game goes on, depending on what personnel [groups] we’re in and what we’re doing.”

It sounds like there will be quite a few personnel groups, according to head coach Mike Shanahan (via Adam Caplan on Sulia):

We’ll take a look at our personnel groups. We’ll have the flexibility on offense. You kind of play whatever personnel group that you want. Sometimes, as in the last game, we had two tight ends, a couple running backs and a wide receiver. You could go with three tight ends, which we had a little bit yesterday. You can go with three wide receivers and a tight end.

What I'm taking from this is that none of the Washington tight ends have any fantasy value, as each will be shuffled in and out of the game in various personnel groupings. Fred Davis was obviously the sort of talent the team wanted taking a lot of snaps; the three tight ends left in Washington don't have that sort of talent.

Besides, has Cooley ever been that great of a fantasy tight end?

He was from 2005-07, compiling 2,294 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns over that span. Since then, not so much.

While he did finish with 849 receiving yards in both 2008 and 2010 (what are the odds of that?), he's scored just six touchdowns since 2008. Truthfully, Cooley hasn't been a worthwhile tight end over the past five seasons.

So wait him out, America. I guarantee you there are plenty of fine options at tight end still available in your league if you're stuck due to injuries or bye weeks. 

Stay cool—don't add Cooley.


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