Of all the storylines coming out of week 1, the most understated was the impact the tight end position had. 12, count ‘em, 12 TEs recorded double-digit fantasy points this week, in standard scoring – for what it’s worth, only 15 RBs scored double figures. And which of those 12 scored the least amount of points? Jimmy Graham – yes, consensus #1 TE and potential 1st round pick, Jimmy Graham. Of course, the reason Graham was so highly-regarded is because of his consistency – and he proved to be that on Sunday.
However, it was clear all offseason that there were plenty of tight ends capable of joining the Graham’s and Gronkowski’s of the world atop the tight end pedestal. For example, I highlighted Jordan Cameron, Zach Sudfled, Rob Housler, Julius Thomas, and Tyler Eifert, in the offseason sleeper lists. Of those 5, 1 went off, 1 recorded a top-12 performance, 1 put up a dud, 1 didn’t play, and 1 was a rookie, so not much was expected. However, before I get too high on the Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas calls, I deserve to be shamed for Zach Sudfeld, and then admit I completely missed another guy, as well.
That player I missed was Jared Cook. It’s not that I didn’t know who Cook was, but every year it seems like he’s a no-brainer to ‘breakout’, only to burn owners all season long. He was pegged by many yet again this year, but I refused to believe it. After all, sure he was going to a new team, but it was also the team with the same head coach who had so many chances with him in Tennessee, Jeff Fischer. I figured to see much of the same ‘ol Jared Cook on Sunday. But no, he goes on to explode and score the highest points of the week for a tight end (after my Julius Thomas had set the bar so high on Thursday night) – about time, Mr. Cook!