Jason Campbell: Evaluating Fantasy Value of Chicago Bears' QB

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 11, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #2 of the Chicago Bears avoids the tackle of defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans in the third quarter of the game at Soldier Field on November 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears QB Jason Campbell was thrust into a difficult situation on a slippery Sunday night in Soldier Field, having to muster points against one of the league's premier defenses.

So...what else is new?

With such a brutal schedule still ahead, the typical backup quarterback is very unlikely to emerge as a viable fantasy option should starter Jay Cutler miss an extended period of time with a concussion.

In the team's 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans, Campbell simply didn't get it done, and was not on the same page with his receivers.

That makes sense, considering he doesn't get hardly any reps with the 1's during the week of preparation. The slick conditions certainly resulted in some inaccuracy from Campbell, but obvious passing situations late in the game didn't help the cause, either.

It's impossible not to respect SI's Peter King, but his assessment of Campbell in the midst of Sunday night's slop fest was quite harsh:

Now we know why Jason Campbell's a backup.

—Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) November 12, 2012

Sunday night served up a typical set of sinewy circumstances for the eight-year veteran out of Auburn. To say he hasn't gotten a fair shake since being selected in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Washington Redskins is a massive understatement.

After four seasons and four different offensive coordinators in D.C., Campbell gave it a whirl with another recently putrid franchise—the Oakland Raiders.

Multiple benching occurrences and a decisive broken collarbone injury sustained last season were the low points of another disappointing stop for Campbell, and now he finds himself with his third NFL franchise.

The extensive background information is important for context, as is the performance of Campbell's second half Week 10 counterpart, Texans QB Matt Schaub.

As poor as the Chicago offense looked, Houston's was equally awful. Schaub threw for just 95 yards on 26 passes, including two interceptions. While Campbell was rather conservative—to a fault, at times in going 11-of-19 for 94 yards—he took care of the football against a relentless Texans D.

The outlook for Campbell may not inspire a lot of optimism from fantasy owners, particularly with the San Francisco 49ers next on tap. But St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford—not known for his passing prowess to date in his young career—managed to post a stellar game of 275 yards and two TDs in a 24-24 tie.

That game went to overtime, but Bradford's efficiency was rewarded. Campbell proved even in the driving rain and in a tight game that he wouldn't force passes, and the Niners' D is definitely one that a QB must be smart against and simply take what is there.

The remainder of the schedule offers no easy matchups for Campbell either, though.

It would be nice to say that Campbell could possibly redeem himself by gaining fans through fantasy leagues and putting up monster numbers. Considering the Minnesota Vikings' defense is the easiest secondary left on the schedule, that unfortunately doesn't seem likely at all.

So no, Campbell isn't a viable fantasy option moving forward if Cutler is out of action.

But what I guess I'm trying to say is, please don't blame it on him.