Jordan Cameron certainly came up big for his fantasy owners last week. The tight end caught nine passes for 121 yards and a touchdown to end a rather miserable streak of duds and help propel owners to the fantasy semis in the process. However, while the performance was definitely encouraging, I’m not quite buying into the notion that we should again view him as an elite TE1.
All week long various fantasy experts and outlets have been saying that Cameron is “locked in” as a high-end TE1. I’m not trying to take anything away from the guy but I’m inclined to disagree. Prior to last Sunday’s outburst, he hadn’t been making a whole lot of noise. He had a combined 108 yards and no touchdowns in his four previous games and those aren’t exactly elite numbers.
Obviously Cameron is still one of the best fantasy options at the tight end position but I don’t think it’s to the extent that you shouldn’t even consider other options if you have them. For example, one could make an argument for playing a guy like Dennis Pitta instead of Cameron this week. Cameron might have more upside but Pitta is a safer play. Last week he proved that he’s healthy and that he’s going to be a crucial cog in the Baltimore Ravens‘ offense for what’s left of the season.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Cameron is a recommended sit this week. He’s got a great matchup and there’s been nothing to suggest that last week’s rib injury is going to hinder him in any way. All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t let his first big game in a while cloud your judgment. If you have other viable options you should at least consider them. He’s a terrific player and he can make a huge fantasy impact if Jason Campbell looks for him but just be aware that he, like everyone else, is not “locked in” to anything.