Who Should I Draft?

Antonio Gates or Jared Cook (2015)

Antonio Gates
Antonio Gates (SD - TE)
 
Jared Cook
Jared Cook (STL - TE)
96%
Expert Pick %
4%
13
ECR
30
10
Best Rank
19
22
Worst Rank
31
77.1
Ave Projection
79.7
87.8
Best
85.2
71.3
Worst
67.2
96%
Expert Pick %
4%
 
96%
Expert Pick %
4%
13
ECR
30
10
Best Rank
19
22
Worst Rank
31
6.1
Ave Targets / Game
6.1
98.0
Total Targets
98.0
Gates will go undervalued in drafts again but the savvy owner will scoop him up at the right time. He'll be a top-ten TE as long as he and Philip Rivers are both healthy.

- Tom Schriner, FFLockerRoom

 
Proved last year he's not dead yet but he could easily drop off in 2015. Always a risk, especially with 4 game ban, but if you can get him late he's still a solid TE1

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

Freak athlete but lacks any consistency whatsoever. Figures to start again, though, and Foles knows how to use tight ends.

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

Coming off a top 2 finish thanks to his continued red zone prowess, but 4 game ban and age 35 seasons both downers.

- Sablich Brothers, The NY Times

Typically has a couple of good outings a year; good luck figuring out when those will go down.

- Sablich Brothers, The NY Times

Moving Gates down to a TE2 ranking as The San Diego Chargers have announced that he has been suspended 4 games without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for performance-enhancing substances. Gates will miss games against Detroit, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Cleveland. Gates is eligible to return to the active roster on October 5th for the week 5 matchup against Pittsburgh.

- Jeff Boggis, Fantasy Football Empire

 
His 4 game suspension severely hurts his ranking. He likely won't put up the numbers he did in 2014, but Gates is still a very solid TE1

- Huseyin Aksu, Fantasy Couch

 
Of course his four game suspension is a kick in the gut, but he's also coming off one of his best seasons in a while and will get four weeks of rest! I really do think you will get a better Gates during your fantasy playoffs with him missing the first month. What will be important is how deep your benches are and how far he falls. You of course will need someone for the first four weeks to play tight end for your fake team.

- Chet Gresham, WalterFootball

Jared Cook hasn't lived up to his promise, but he's still the Rams #1 tight end. The ability is there, but something hasn't quite clicked yet and may never, but maybe Nick Foles and Cook will get something going this year.

- Chet Gresham, WalterFootball

I thought Gates would start to decline in 2014, instead he was the second ranked fantasy tight end with 69 receptions for 821 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. However, a 4-game suspension will severely limit his value and make him a risky TE2.

- Derek Lofland, Fantasy Football Maniax

 
Missing the first 4 games really hurts Gates in a standard format, so does the likely non-repeatable TD volume from last season.

- Adam Inman, FFLockerRoom