Updated Fantasy Outlook for Bears Quarterback Jason Campbell

John RozumCorrespondent INovember 16, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell (2) throws a pass during the second half against the Houston Texans at Soldier Field. The Texans won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
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If you briefly need a fantasy football backup quarterback, Jason Campbell is worthy of strong consideration.

According to the Chicago Bears' official Twitter feed:

LM: #Bears have announced that QB Jason Campbell will start Monday night's game at San Francisco.

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 16, 2012

Now yes, Campbell and the Bears are playing a rugged defense in the San Francisco 49ers. Still, the guy is also a veteran with some solid success prior to joining Chicago, and the Bears can't simply run the ball all game long versus the 'Niners.

Ahead, let's take a look at what makes Campbell rather appealing and how he can impact the Bears moving forward. After all, along with fantasy postseason implications, the Bears are trying for the real postseason and Campbell needs to play well.


What Campbell is Capable Of

During his first five NFL seasons Campbell was part of the Washington Redskins.

There, he didn't start a full season until his fourth year, 2008. It was, however, a solid year—followed by an even better encore performance in 2009.

The first full season, Campbell threw for 3,245 yards with 13 scores to just six picks. He sported a 62.3 completion percentage and finished the season 8-8. In '09, Campbell one-upped himself and went for 3,618 and 20 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and a 64.5 completion percentage.

Washington only went 4-12, but Campbell's improvement was a bright spot on a poor team. Going to the Oakland Raiders in 2010, Campbell played in 13 games, so his numbers took a slight decline.

On the bright side, his 7.26 yards per attempt was Campbell's highest of his career. Unfortunately, 2011 only displayed six games after a strong start because of injury.


How Campbell Can Impact the Bears

For one, Chicago still needs to remain a run-first team.

With ball-carriers in Matt Forte and Michael Bush, Chicago's strength is in the trenches and setting up off play-action. In addition, Campbell has never had the luxury of targeting a receiver quite like Brandon Marshall.

Still possessing a strong arm with decent mobility, Campbell is good for sprint/roll outs to set up outside the pocket. With Marshall going deep on a post, streak or fade, the ground game's presence will get a defense flowing opposite to allow Campbell time.

Against the 49ers we can't anticipate simply because they are too good of a defense.

That said, it's the post-Week 11 part of Campbell potentially contributing in Chicago we must prepare for.


What Lies Ahead on the Schedule

How long Cutler remains out is obviously a concern.

After the 'Niners, the Bears get the Vikings twice, with the Seattle Seahawks sandwiched between in the following three weeks.

Then the Green Bay Packers visit in Week 15 with the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions to close out the regular season. The Vikings and Seahawks both present defenses capable of minimizing Chicago's offense, and the Packers are certainly improved from 2011.

Don't discount the Cardinals and Lions either, because Arizona's strength is defense, and we saw Detroit's potential at Soldier Field in Week 7. Regardless of how many games Campbell is needed to be relied on, he is a solid fantasy backup.

For as tough as the remaining defenses appear to Chicago, the Bears have some impressive offensive talent. Marshall can consistently draw double coverage and the ground game features two backs with similar dual-threat qualities.

Provided that Campbell plays within the system and doesn't try to do too much—for however long he remains under center—Chicago will maintain balance to be successful. 


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