You need a tight end in fantasy football and don’t want to spend a first round pick on Rob Gronkowski. You also think the second or even third round is too rich for Jimmy Graham. Great, join the rest of your fantasy brethren in deciding what the hell to do at tight end.
It’s pretty simple this year: take The Great, or wait. The Great is The Gronk and maybe to a lesser extent Graham, but the saying rings true, even if you just heard it now. If you can’t get one of two tight ends that appear to be elite and actually safe, there may not be a point in reaching for any other before the later rounds.
Except there might be.
You can still absolutely make a case for several tight ends to be drafted in the middle rounds, and Jordan Cameron is one of them. You can go back and forth on projections and role and blah blah blah, but talent is talent and Cameron is now the starting tight end for a good (and improving) Miami Dolphins offense. Let’s play it real cool and quickly hit the pros and cons of drafting Jordan Cameron in fantasy football this year:
- Cameron has the size and athleticism to be a terror.
- We know this, because he was one in 2013, when he lived up to the hype as fantasy’s #4 tight end with an 80-917-7 line. And he missed a game.
- Cameron did all of this despite playing with Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer in his best season ever.
- Despite missing six games and playing hurt a lot last year, Cameron still averaged over 17 yards per catch. Again, playing with awful quarterbacks.
- Charles Clay had 84 targets in 2014 and was fantasy’s 15th best TE. In 2013 he had 102 targets and was the 8th best TE. This was Charles Clay.
- We know there is top-5 upside here and Cameron can be had in the 7th or 8th round.
Don’t Draft Him
- One hit wonder? Dude put up one sick season and hasn’t done jack before or since.
- His best season came in a system that produces awesome tight end stat lines (here’s to looking at you, Norval).
- Miami has a ton of weapons and he’s not necessarily the top option.
- His injury history is shaky at best – concussions specifically in Cleveland.
The verdict? Jordan Cameron has gotten out of the war zone that is Cleveland and will be playing with without a doubt the best quarterback he’s ever known. His role is somewhat undefined, but Charles Clay was a top-15 tight end in this system and Cameron is worlds ahead of Clay in terms of sheer talent and upside. Cameron has a sketchy injury history and could be a fluke, but you’re not spending the world in the seventh or eighth round to find out. By that time, you have your main RBs and WRs, and if you’re up for it, you can afford to take the gamble. Cameron could blow up in your face, but I’m fine with his ADP. It’s much like it was two years ago, when everyone was into Cameron but his ADP stayed into the late rounds because of too many questions. You’re not paying for a top-5 tight end, but if you take a shot on Cameron, you just might be getting one.