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What to do with Jared Cook in Wild Card round fantasy football

The Saints offense is on a roll of late, and tight end Jared Cook has regularly found the end zone. We break down his DFS value.

Jared Cook of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Jared Cook is having a productive fantasy season for the Saints, ranking second best in average DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) per game among TE on DraftKings’ four-game NFL slate this weekend. If Zach Ertz were unable to play due to injury, Cook would enter the slate as the most productive fantasy tight end on a per game basis among available players. Among Showdown options, he is the eighth-ranked salary ($10,200/$6,800) and the seventh most productive player.

Fantasy football analysis: New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook

Cook has not seen strong target volume lately, averaging just three targets per game over his last four games, but with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara commanding so much attention from opposing defenses, Cook has found his way into the end zone at a high clip. Cook has scored five TDs over his last four games, and his nine receiving TDs on the season ranked second best among all tight ends during the regular season.

Cook’s TD upside remains in tact this week in a home matchup in New Orleans, which is a very favorable passing environment. The Saints have also been given a total points of 28.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook, which is comfortably the highest projected offensive output among teams this weekend. With the matchup looking like it will be high-scoring, Cook will be in good position again to threaten with touchdowns, and a boost in target volume could give him big fantasy upside.

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