Jeff Cumberland scored his second touchdown of the season in the New York Jets' 17-16 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. The tight end also recorded 43 yards from three catches, including the score. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Jeff Cumberland shouldn't be taking up a sport on any fantasy rosters, despite the tight end being extremely shallow. His Week 15 performance against New England appears to be an outlier, so don't rely on him for similar output next weekend.
In Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders, Jeff Cumberland played 55 of the 70 offensive plays. In those plays, Cumberland was targeted 5 times and had 4 receptions for 50 yards. Cumberland was second on the team in yards and targets.
Fantasy Impact: It is clear for now that Jeff Cumberland is the starting TE for the Jets. Rookie Jace Amaro had only 21 plays compared to Cumberland's 55. Cumberland isn't a starter in most fantasy leagues, but is a decent backup in deeper leagues.
Jeff Cumberland didn't practice on Thursday, and he 'wasn't even spotted on the field.' This comes after he injured his Achilles in training camp on Wednesday, although it wasn't his surgically repaired one. Rex Ryan played down the injury, and expects Cumberland to play on Saturday night. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: It would be a surprise if Cumberland was even a half-decent fantasy player this season; but for those who own, or possibly draft him, this particular injury is worth keeping a close eye on. Cumberland has already had surgery to repair one of his Achilles, and has now injured the other one. There is a possibility that it could worsen over the season, although the Jets don't seem to think it's a major injury.