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|He is in a contract year and played well at the end of last season. There is little explanation as to why the Titans chose to ignore Cookís talents for much of the year as he was targeted just 55 times over the teamís first 13 games (4.2 per game). The coaching staff finally made him a bigger part of the game plan over the final three weeks and Cook responded, catching 21 of his 26 targets for 335 yards and a touchdown. Of course, that meant nothing to his fantasy owners who by then were either bounced from the playoffs or too scared to start him. By seasonís end, Cook had amassed 49 receptions for 759 yards and three touchdowns, good enough to finish as the 14th ranked tight end. Consider him a low-end TE1 for 2012 with the potential to sneak into the top five if the Titans make a concerted effort to get him involved on a consistent basis.
| James Starks on the practice field Wednesday -- Wed Nov 9 12:15 pm --|
|Sounds like James Starks and Jared Cook have a chance to play this week at Tennessee. "James is going to practice (today), we'll see it goes. Same with Jared," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're going to put them in the limited category, but we're going to cut them loose today." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: How Starks responds on Thursday will be key for his availability on Sunday against the Titans. The Packers have all but abandoned the running game since losing Starks and Eddie Lacy to injury. If Starks does return Sunday, he'll be tough to trust as a Flex option given how well Ty Montgomery has performed.
| Ty Montgomery expected to be Week 9 lead RB -- Thu Nov 3 8:05 pm --|
James Starks, Jared Cook making progress
|RB James Starks and TE Jared Cook made their return to practice Thursday, taking part in some individual drills at the start of the workout. While their return signals they are making progress toward a return, it's unlikely it would happen this week against Indianapolis.
Also, working extensively was WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness). He didn't appear to be slowed at all and worked with the running backs in all their individual drills. Assuming he's cleared to play, Montgomery will probably be the lead running back Sunday with Don Jackson and fullback Aaron Ripkowski also seeing action in the backfield. (USA Today)|
FF Today's Take: Montgomery could conceivably be the lead runner in Green Bay for the rest of the season based on how Starks played prior to his injury. As for now, Montgomery warrants WR2/RB2 consideration (assuming he has dual eligibility), especially in PPR leagues. If Starks returns to a starting job, he'll likely be a low-end flex option, while Cook will be in the TE2 discussion.
| Jared Cook dealing with high ankle sprain -- Tue Sep 27 10:56 am --|
Packers TE expected to miss multiple weeks
|Ian Rapoport on Twitter: "#Packers TE Jared Cook suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team's win, source said. It's pretty swollen & could cause him to miss time." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It looks as though Richard Rodgers will be the lone healthy Green Bay tight end, even after the team's Week 4 bye. Rodgers is a low-end TE2 with some matchup-specific upside.