Jason Campbell: Updated Fantasy Outlook and Analysis for Bears QB
The matchup against the San Francisco 49ers is a fantasy nightmare for a backup quarterback, and his hold over the starting position is not expected to be long-lived. Starting him in such a pivotal fantasy week playoff-wise is a no-go.
Campbell (owned in just 0.5 percent of ESPN leagues) was handed the start Monday night after the Bears ruled out starting quarterback Jay Cutler because of a concussion he suffered in last Sunday night's loss to the Houston Texans.
While concussion symptoms can drag on for weeks, most players are able to sit out a game and then play the following week. The Bears play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12, a game most will expect Cutler to start.
Until then, Campbell must face a daunting task on the road in San Francisco.
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The 49ers are the fifth-best fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks this season, which would have made it difficult for owners to start Cutler this week. No matter which way you slice it, Campbell is a downgrade at the position. You should treat him as such.
Campbell didn't exactly light the world on fire in his brief appearance against the Texans, either.
In a half of work, Campbell completed 11 of 19 passes for just 94 yards. He threw no touchdowns or interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 70.9.
Granted, weather conditions weren't ideal for passing football, and the Bears receivers made a few crucial mistakes late. But Campbell was far from sharp as he led Chicago to just three second-half points.
Also, inserting a high-risk, low-reward option like Campbell as your starting quarterback in Week 11 of the fantasy season—a crucial week for playoff positioning—is asking for trouble.
If you're a fantasy owner in dire need of a quarterback option this week, take a chance on Philadelphia Eagles starter Nick Foles. He's facing a Redskins defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Stay away from Campbell. He has very little fantasy value for both Week 11 and the rest of the fantasy season.
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