“Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright.”
No lyrics could describe how Jordan Cameron fantasy owners should be feeling any better. After watching star running back Trent Richardson being dealt, as well as starting quarterback Brandon Weeden sidelined with an injury, fantasy owners began to wonder whether any member of the Cleveland Browns was a safe option. Well it didn’t take Cameron very long to put those talks to rest. I received a lot of questions regarding whether or not owners should start Cameron in Week 3. Hopefully they did, as Cameron hauled in three (count ‘em) touchdown passes in this contest, giving him four on the season. Outside of Jimmy Graham, you won’t find a better red zone option at the tight end position than Cameron. Two of his scores were fades in the corner of the end zone, where he used his size and athleticism to his advantage. The other was off of a fake field goal, which, of course, everyone expected. His final stat line was six grabs for 66 yards and those three scores, and is now a top-three fantasy tight end through the first three games. So, even with a less than pedestrian offense around him, can Cameron keep this ridiculous play up?
I sure think so.
Coming into the season, Cameron was regarded as one of the biggest sleepers in all of fantasy land. The connection that tight ends develop with both head coach Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner is evident, as both have produced very productive tight ends in year’s past (Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen). However, while that history is a piece of why many were high on Cameron this year, it’s much more than that. The situation favors Cameron right now, even with very few offensive weapons around him. First of all, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more athletic tight end in the game right now. A former basketball star truly plays like the type, boxing out opposing defenders in the end zone. And even with Josh Gordon (who looked awesome, by the way) back from suspension, there will be plenty of targets to go around, regardless of who is under center for the Browns. Through the first two games, Cameron was the second-most targeted tight end in football (20), and after Week 3, he’s added another 11 to the mix. Only Graham has been targeted more times than Cameron at the tight end position. The Browns, despite looking relatively sharp in Sunday’s win, will be throwing the ball a ton in games for the rest of this season, which obviously means an uptick in volume for Cameron.
But what about Gordon?
He posted a stellar performance in his 2013 debut, catching 10 balls for 146 yards and a score. And oh, by the way, Gordon had a ridiculous 19 targets in this game. Gordon is skilled in every facet of the game, drawing comparisons to a less explosive Brandon Marshall. Both Gordon and Cameron are going to see practically of the targets in the passing game from here on out, but Gordon showcased last season that he has the talent and potential to be a number one fantasy wideout down the road. There have been some reports that the Browns are shopping Gordon, and a few teams have fielded offers, but still, Gordon is the number one wideout for this team, which makes him very fantasy relevant. If possible, I’d trade for this kid, and even if he does get traded, a team like the Patriots seems like a realistic possibility, which would make his fantasy value absolutely skyrocket.
However, for the time being, both of these guys are still members of the Browns, and are the only fantasy relevant players on this roster. Whether it’s Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell or Weeden, it really doesn’t matter. These guys are going to see boatloads of targets, and both have the potential and upside to be stars in this league.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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