The Cleveland Browns are finally giving up on the failed Brandon Weeden experiment and are giving backup quarterback Jason Campbell a chance to start in Week 8.
According to the team’s official Twitter feed, Campbell will get the nod under center on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs.
QB Jason Campbell will start at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 23, 2013
This switch, though unsurprising, should definitely pique the interest of fantasy owners, as the production of star players Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron has been inconsistent since Weeden was reinserted into the lineup.
Brian Hoyer seemed to be Cleveland’s answer at the quarterback position, as his top wideout and tight end were thriving until his season-ending ACL tear in Week 5.
In the two games that Weeden has started since, the Browns have gone 0-2 and struggled to put points on the board.
Gordon managed just two catches for 21 yards in Week 7, and the team sputtered to just 13 points in an embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers.
It seems that the No. 1 wideout will be greatly boosted by Campbell’s veteran presence and should be one of the main targets against the Chiefs and beyond. The 22-year-old has blazing speed, elite athleticism and plenty of upside, but does need to work on his fundamentals a bit more.
Gordon should have no issues continuing to improve in his second season with a more reliable quarterback tossing him the rock. Fantasy owners must continue to start him, even against a rock-solid Kansas City defense that is conceding just 194.7 yards per game via the air.
Meanwhile, Cameron has been the more stable of the team’s fantasy options, hauling in 12 receptions for 119 yards and a score over the past two contests. It doesn’t seem to matter who is lined up under center, as the breakout tight end continues to produce.
Which player will benefit more from Campbell's presence?
With his leaping skills and ability to create constant mismatches in coverage, it is hard to envision a scenario in which Cameron isn’t Campbell’s top red-zone target. He’s going to get looks all over the field, but should be the primary option down inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Those who took a gamble on Cameron’s potential during the draft or swiped him off the waiver wire would be foolish to abandon him now, as there is no sign of his point production dropping off.
While Campbell may not be heralded as a savior in Cleveland, he’s certainly a step up from Weeden. Fantasy owners of these two stars should be ecstatic to learn that a more consistent signal-caller will be taking the reins.