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Jordan Cameron enters his third season as the new starting tight end for the Cleveland Browns. That might not sound like the most likely place to strike fantasy football gold, and traditionally it hasn't been.
Cameron may be ready to start a new trend though, as he figures to be a big part of the Browns offense this season.
Cameron, who stands at 6'5", is an athletic tight end who is still relatively unproved. He's only seen 52 targets over his first two seasons, has just one career touchdown and has a quarterback in Brandon Weeden that doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the Cleveland passing attack.
The numbers can only go up, as Cameron will move from a reserve role to being the starter, but more encouraging for his fantasy football sleeper prospects is the new coaching situation for the Browns,
Rob Chudzinski is the new head coach of the Browns, and he's a man that knows how to use a tight end. He spent several seasons coaching the tight ends for the San Diego Chargers, the team where Antonio Gates became one of the best tight ends in the NFL and a fantasy football star.
Chudzinski also served as the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, during which time the Panthers targeted their tight ends quite a bit.
The two starting tight ends for 2011 Panthers team, Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen, combined for 152 targets, 843 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, Olsen became the lone tight end to really be featured in the Carolina offense, and he responded by posting 843 yards and five touchdowns on 104 targets.
Cameron might have more physical ability than Olsen, but at the very least he should be able to post similar numbers.
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden should improve drastically as he enters his second season in the NFL, and if he does, Cameron should emerge as one of his favorite targets on check-downs and near the end zone.
Drafting Cameron as your starter requires a lot of faith, as he's far from the safe bet you can get with a lot of other late-round tight ends. But he has higher upside than most of those guys, and late in fantasy football drafts, upside is what you want.