The problem heading into Week 15 is one of trust, and how much an owner can have in Cameron. His coach built a reputation as being a tight end guru, and while Cameron's receiving totals had been low before this big performance, he was averaging eight targets a game over his previous three.
Cameron's Week 15 opponent, the Bears, have allowed two touchdowns over their last three games. They've allowed the third-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends, with 69.1 per game, and tend to have some trouble with the more offensive-minded of the group (Jason Witten scored, Kyle Rudolph scored, Jared Cook had 80 receiving yards, Jimmy Graham had 135 receiving yards, Jordan Reed had 134 receiving yards and a touchdown).
There's still risk involved with Cameron, but Week 14 proved that he is still capable of the big game. He makes for a stellar Rob Gronkowski fill-in and can be started in the majority of Fantasy formats.
After a long slump, Cameron managed the finest game of his career Sunday at New England. He remained a strong presence from the first possession to the last, tying a personal record with nine catches and shattering another with 121 yards. He also scored his first touchdown since Week 7, a 1-yarder with 2:43 remaining that appeared to have clinched victory.
It was an encouraging performance for Cameron, who had just 14 catches for 108 yards in his previous four games combined. He caught six passes for 85 yards in the second half alone against the Patriots.
Cameron will attempt to keep the ball rolling next Sunday against the visiting Bears.
One of these games
It has been too long since Cameron exploded for that to be expected. His 43-yard performance Sunday against Jacksonville was his most productive in the last four games. And after scoring five touchdowns in the first four games, he has just one in the last nine and none since Oct. 20.
Week 14 foe New England has been middle-of-the-road against opposing tight ends. Cameron, who was once a top five option at his position, is ranked between 13th and 18th by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers this week. That seems about right.
Cameron is a risky play at this point, though the lack of depth at that position around the NFL still makes him a decent start, especially in deeper leagues.
The run of mediocre performances continued Sunday for
Cameron, who hasn't scored since Week 7, has just 14 receptions for 108 yards in the last four games combined. He will try to make a more substantial contribution next Sunday at New England.
There has been a disturbing symmetry to the drop in production from
Cameron was the talk of the league when he caught 30 passes for 360 yards and five touchdowns in his first four games. He remained playable in his next four with 19 receptions for 236 yards and one score. But he has been a waste in his last three with 10 catches for 65 yards while being kept out of the end zone.
The encouraging news is that Week 13 opponent Jacksonville has poorly defended tight ends this season, especially in the red zone. The Jaguars have surrendered six touchdowns to players at that position, though no more than 77 yards in any game.
Cameron is a risky play at this point. Perhaps a reunion with starter-by-default Brandon Weeden, with whom he started the season hot, will prove beneficial, but Fantasy owners with playoff aspirations might not want to take that chance. It might be wise to explore hotter possibilities until Cameron recaptures his mojo.
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