Monday, October 14, 2013
Has Cameron's bubble burst?
By Tom Carpenter
Fantasy sleeper Jordan Cameron exploded onto the scene in Week 1 with nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown, then followed that up with 5-95, 6-66-3 and 10-91-1. Since then, though, Cameron has been held in check, with just 10 targets and eight catches for 100 yards and zero scores in his past two games. What gives? Has Cameron turned back into the proverbial pumpkin or did he just hit a little bump in the road?
Well, the past two defenses he has faced have done a terrific job at keeping opposing tight ends in check, statistically. His Week 5 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game (4.6) to tight ends this season. Sunday's opponent, the Detroit Lions, have allowed the seventh-fewest (5.4) points thus far. Toss those numbers in with the fact that defenses clearly are going to key on Cameron now that he has proved to be an impact pass-catcher and it's not that surprising that he's struggled to make a mark the past two weeks.
He should get a nice reprieve in Week 7, though, when the Browns face the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed 10.3 points per game to opposing tight ends. The Browns' Week 8 opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, have been susceptible to tight ends, too, allowing 9.8 points per game in 2013. It looks like we should see Cameron get back on track in the two weeks leading up to the Browns' Week 10 bye. Fantasy owners should try to buy low if the person in your league who owns Cameron is getting cold feet due to his poor outings the past two weeks.