Jeff Cumberland's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 5 Performance vs. Falcons

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2013

Aug 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (87) avoids Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Dwight Lowery (25) and runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football owners watching Jeff Cumberland dominate on Monday Night Football for the New York Jets would be smart to take a deep breath before making a rash decision to add him for Week 6. 

Cumberland was the star of the first half for the Jets against the Atlanta Falcons, catching three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. He didn't add to his total in the second half, but his early contributions sparked a big win on the road for the Jets. 

A player who has long been viewed as someone with potential, Cumberland has never been able to consistently put it all together on the field. Before this game, in his three-plus seasons in the NFL, he'd caught just 36 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns.

Bart Scott said he couldn't cover him in practice and called him a future star three years ago, as noted by Chase Stuart of Pro-Football-Reference:

But the Falcons of 2013 don't necessarily represent the benchmark from which to judge fantasy receivers. Before Monday night's game against the Jets, Atlanta had given up more fantasy points to receivers than all but three NFL teams. 

The Falcons are clearly struggling on defense, as Bleacher Report's Erik Frenz alluded to after one of Cumberland's big receptions:

While Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill recover from their injuries, Cumberland will continue to get opportunities to play. However, he isn't likely to have as much success in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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