When the 2013 NFL season began, Brandon Weeden was the starter for the Cleveland Browns. But he was injured and eventually lost his job to Brian Hoyer, who took Cleveland by storm before tearing his ACL in Week 5.
So it was back to Weeden, but it wasn't long before he was benched in favor of Jason Campbell. Yes, Jason Campbell. But Campbell was injured in Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so for the third time this season, Weeden returns to the role of starting quarterback.
Phew. Got all that?
Amidst all of the confusion, the question for fantasy football owners is what effect this most recent change will have for studs like Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, both of whom have dominated their respective positions at various points this season.
But first, we turn to the latest on Weeden and Campbell. From Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:
Meanwhile, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has more on Campbell's status:
#Browns' Chud said Campbell is feeling better, won't practice today, doubtful he'll play.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 27, 2013
It probably wouldn't matter if Fred Flintstone were under center—Gordon will produce. He's fresh off of a huge performance in Week 12, finishing with 14 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown.
It's now his sixth double-digit fantasy performance on the season, his third game in the past four weeks with 18 or more fantasy points and the fifth time he's reached 100 receiving yards.
More importantly, last week he had eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown after Weeden entered the game, making him not only matchup-proof but also quarterback-proof as well. It's safe to consider Gordon an elite fantasy receiver every single week.
But Cameron is a different story.
He thrived with Hoyer under center, accumulating 39 of his 97 total fantasy points in two games with Hoyer. While he's had some success with Weeden—16 fantasy points in Week 1, 11 fantasy points in Week 7—he's really struggled of late in general, with just 10 receptions for 65 yards in his last three weeks.
Which player benefits more with Weeden under center?
While it seems unlikely that he'll return to the heights of the Hoyer games, Cameron will probably be quite happy to see Weeden back under center, as Campbell never seemed to develop much chemistry with his tight end.
Cameron is no longer the locked-and-loaded TE1 he was early in the season, but his owners should feel comfortable keeping him in the starting lineup with Weeden manning the reins. It's arguable that the return of Weeden is a positive for the Browns, but it certainly doesn't hurt the team's top fantasy options.
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