TEs – Jared Cook, Richard Rodgers
Week 1 Statistics:
Cook – 1 catch, 7 receiving yards; 0.70 fantasy points
Rodgers – 1 catch, 22 receiving yards; 2.20 fantasy points
The more things change, the more they stay the same; whoever said that might as well be talking about Green Bay’s tight end spot in fantasy football.
The team went out and added Cook in free agency, with the hope that his athletic potential might finally translate onto the field if he could be paired with a quality quarterback; if it works as planned, Green Bay will have their first over-the-middle threat since Jermichael Finley ready to open up parts of the playbook we haven’t seen utilized in years.
To go with him is third-year man Richard Rodgers, who had flashes of decent play and some memorable moments (the Hail Mary catch at the top of the list, obviously) but proved too limited to make a consistent impact beyond short-yardage plays.
There is plenty of talent between these two guys, and should they show off their abilities this has the chance to be an underrated 1-2 combination at tight end.
But if Week 1 is any indication, things aren’t likely to change much in the fantasy realm.
Cook did manage to garner a big pass interference penalty to help move the offense, but outside that he had a single short catch. Rodgers didn’t do much better, with just one catch of his own.
The Vikings could be susceptible to some plays by these guys (#25 in Defensive DVOA vs TEs in 2015), but unless the Packers actually show a concerted effort to go to these guys they are likely just afterthoughts for our purposes here.