Raiders vs. Broncos Monday Night: Jason Campbell a Smart Fantasy Football Play?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders face off tonight in the final game to swing that opening fantasy football matchup in your favor.

Neither team is littered with fantasy stars this year, but there will be quite a few key fantasy contributors on show that could give you those final few points that you need. Jason Campbell is not one of those players.

Despite the departure of Tom Cable—now of the Seattle Seahawks—the Raiders will once again be a running team under Hue Jackson.

The combination of Darren McFadden's breakout season last year and the Raiders' receiving corp not blossoming as of yet will at least see the coaching staff focus on the run in the early weeks of the season.

Against the Denver Broncos, it makes a lot more sense to run the ball no matter who you are, so expect the Raiders to give McFadden the ball a lot. In turn, that will prevent the Raiders quarterback from putting up big numbers.

With Von Miller joining Elvis Dumervil on the defensive line, the Broncos have a pair of vicious pass rushers that will be able to repeatedly beat the Raiders' pass protection through the night. For this reason, the Raiders will look to run the ball often in order to both slow down the rush and take advantage of the size.

Both Miller and Dumervil are essentially speed rushers that use their leverage and quickness to get to the quarterback. Both are still physically strong, but neither will be dominant against the run and both may even be considered weaknesses because, physically at least, they are better suited to being 3-4 linebackers rather than 4-3 ends.

The Raiders should understand this and use McFadden as much as possible which will limit Campbell's opportunities to produce for fantasy owners at least. That is not to say that he won't have a good game, and, should he get a big play or two on a screen pass or play action, then he could give you some points.

However, the truth is if you are relying on Jason Campbell to win you your fantasy matchup this week with a big night then you have probably already started the season 0-1.