Who Should I Draft?

Antonio Gates or Jared Cook (2014)

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Jared Cook
Jared Cook (STL)
Expert Pick %
82%
18%
ECR
# 18
# 23
Best
# 11
# 13
Worst
# 24
# 28
Ave Projection (?)
94.1
82.6
Best
106.8
94.2
Worst
84.4
71.7
Expert Pick %
82%
18%
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ECR
# 18
# 23
Best
# 11
# 13
Worst
# 24
# 28
Jason Longfellow
Razzball
7
21
Scott Cullen
TSN
8
19
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
11
17
Raju Byfield
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11
15
Kyle Wachtel
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12
16
Bob Henry
FootballGuys
12
17
Staff Rankings
KFFL
12
25
Zach Wilkens
RotoBaller
12
22
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
13
20
Matthew Berry
ESPN
13
N/A
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
14
23
Adam Rank
NFL.com
14
N/A
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
14
21
Ryan Rufe
RotoBaller
14
18
Dennis Esser
Coach Esser
14
22
Eric Karabell
ESPN
14
N/A
Site Rankings
FantasyOMatic
14
24
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
15
26
Matt Waldman
FootballGuys
15
11
Staff Rankings
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15
25
Joe Bond
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15
25
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15
24
Gene Wang
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15
21
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16
25
Jamey Eisenberg
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16
25
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16
25
Nathan Jahnke
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16
18
Micah James
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16
22
Christopher Harris
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16
27
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
16
25
Austin Lee
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16
22
Brian Dezelske
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16
23
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
16
24
Kevin Roberts
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16
22
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
16
19
Terrance Bridgett
ProjectRoto
16
22
Dave Major
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16
N/A
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
16
23
Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
16
24
Eddie Cooley
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17
22
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
17
21
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
17
21
Walton Spurlin
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17
16
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
17
21
Marcus Grant
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17
27
Addison Witt
Fantasy Team Advice
17
21
Jeff Haseley
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17
20
Seth Klein
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17
21
John Halpin
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17
19
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17
20
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17
21
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17
20
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17
22
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17
22
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17
22
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17
12
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17
22
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17
24
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17
21
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17
20
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17
21
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17
21
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17
16
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17
16
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17
21
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18
22
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18
29
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18
21
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18
20
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18
16
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18
20
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18
20
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18
24
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18
20
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18
19
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18
23
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18
22
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18
19
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19
21
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19
23
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19
26
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19
22
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19
22
Kelly Smelser
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19
21
Chris Heil
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19
24
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19
24
Brent Namejko
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19
17
Sean Morris
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19
23
Kevin Hanson
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20
19
Dan Yanotchko
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20
21
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
20
24
Derek Lofland
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20
19
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
20
21
Jeff Brubach
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20
13
Brandon Funston
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20
17
Dalton Del Don
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20
23
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20
28
Dave McKay
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20
16
Sigmund Bloom
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20
28
Rich Hribar
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20
21
Brett Talley
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20
16
Ben Standig
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20
23
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20
19
Staff Rankings
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20
19
Marc Caviglia
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20
24
Joseph Dolan
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20
21
Brendan Donahue
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21
20
Jeff Ratcliffe
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21
22
Brad Evans
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21
25
Jason Smith
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21
24
Dan Clasgens
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21
26
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21
23
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21
26
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21
22
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22
23
Patrick Thorman
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22
21
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22
26
Staff Rankings
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22
23
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22
21
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22
18
Jim McCormick
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22
26
Nathan Miller
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23
19
Staff Rankings
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23
24
Mike Tagliere
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23
25
Joel Beall
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23
26
Matt Smith
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24
N/A
Scott Whitfield
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24
21
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
24
18
Staff Rankings
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24
16
Jeff Paur
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24
13
Ave Projection (?)
94.1
82.6
Best
106.8
94.2
Worst
84.4
71.7
Receptions
60.7
48.5
Rec Yards
680.7
582.1
Rec TDs
4.5
4.4
Ave Targets / Game
7.1
5.3
Total Targets
113.0
85.0
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Antonio Gates is another option you can wait for despite his pedigree due to the Ladarius Green hype train.
Jared Cook was a disappointment once again last season but may finally be ready to breakout as a post-hype sleeper if Sam Bradford can make it through all sixteen games. Cook started last season with a bang only to whimper the rest of the way. A healthy Bradford can help Cook find that consistency that has eluded him for years.
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
There are a couple things that pop out to us when analyzing Antonio Gates for 2014 … Number 1: Head Coach – Mike McCoy transitioned the offense from a quick-hitting passing attack to a more heavy run offense, as Rivers threw for 30+ Passing Attempts only once in the final six games of the season. Number 2: Ladarius Green – See below 2 inches. Green played on 59.7% of the Chargers’ offensive snaps over the final 7 games of last year, but stayed in to block 60.5% of the time. The Chargers continuously report that Green is taking more steps in his developmental process and will be a larger part of the offense in 2014. Number 3: Over the final 8 Games in 2013, Gates averaged 3.6 Receptions Per Game. As the season wore on, Gates’ production dwindled to dismal levels than that of where he was to begin the season. Ultimately: Due to the run heavy offense, consistent injury history, position competition within San Diego, age and dwindling production – we view Gates as a solid back-up TE for fantasy managers in 2014.
 
  
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
He will continue to lose work do Green, but he can be a bye week filler.
 
  
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
Perhaps two TEs can post good stats in SD offense, but his time is running out.
Perennial tease destined to deliver the same inconsistent results.
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
I get that Green is a stud in the making, but Gates' ADP is disgusting. His value is insane right now.
Can be a freak but inconsistency is his yearly issue. The upside is still there to be a top-15 guy, though.
  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
I get the excitement about Ladarius Green, but at least at this early stage of the offseason I'm not ready to ignore a productive season from the slow-footed, sure-handed Gates.
 
  
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
Just one double-digit fantasy game from weeks 12-17 last year. The mighty have fallen.
At least the dude made a ton of money last year.
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
The days of Gates being a monster tight end in fantasy appear to be over. He is a Hall of Fame player, but he is past his prime and I think this is the year that Ladarius Green emerges as the top tight end in San Diego. Over the last eight games of last season (including playoffs), Gates managed a meager 3 receptions for 27.8 yards per game with only one touchdown.
Cook has the talent to be a TE1, but not with QB Sam Bradford throwing him the ball. This whole offense is in stagnant mode until Bradford either takes the next step or the Rams front office finds someone that will.
  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
The old man still produces by getting 872 yards and four scores a year ago. There is always questions regarding his ability to stay healthy and now there is a breakout star in the making in Ladarius Green behind him on the depth chart. His numbers should diminish a bit, but he is still worthy of a roster spot.
Cook is the classic under-performing player. He has the size and athletic ability to produce at a high level, but just cannot put it together for a full season. His role diminished in St. Louis as last season progressed. But, according to ESPN.com, Cook is coming into the season with a new philosophy of "No Regrets" and is looking on improving consistency throughout an entire season. Even with that, I would still take a wait-and-see approach for Cook this season.