The numbers tell a surprising story this week about
Of course, he is not the ideal option, particularly in the finals of most leagues. But there are several reasons for this contention. First, he has thrown for 564 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games combined. Second, he will be passing plenty against Jets, who rank first in the NFL in YPC at 3.2. The Browns have virtually no ground game. Third, a collapsing Cleveland defense, perhaps without premier cornerback Joe Haden, could result in Campbell firing deep.
Campbell has performed fairly well since taking over the starting spot. He has exceeded a 100-plus quarterback rating three times in seven games. He has been given time to throw by a Browns offensive line far more adept at pass blocking than run blocking. He is only a desperation Fantasy play, but a better one than some might think this week. He is ranked in the top 20 by two of the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers.
That seems about right. You likely have a better option or you wouldn't be playing for a championship. But if you don't, giving Campbell a shot could pay dividends.
Campbell didn't get much help from his run game, as his backs totaled just 46 rushing yards against the league's worst run defense (Campbell and tight end MarQueis Gray, running out of the wildcat twice, accounted for 47 rushing yards). Campbell's numbers benefited greatly from a late fourth quarter burst of offense, as he had just 171 yards (and the two picks) after three quarters of play.
Campbell hadn't thrown an interception since Week 11, and his down game comes just a week after a 391 yard, three-touchdown performance.
The Browns face the Jets in Week 16.
But Campbell has to go up against a Bears defense in Week 15 that has allowed an opposing quarterback to score 20 points just once in the last four games. And only one quarterback in the last four has passed for more than 167 yards against Chicago. This is mainly due to Chicago's run defense, which is the worst in the league -- so passing isn't necessary in most instances.
To counter that, there's the "playing against his former team" element. Campbell spent 2012 with the Bears and could find a little extra motivation for this game. And for something a little more tangible, there's this -- Campbell has passed for multiple touchdowns in three of his last four non-concussed games. Also, he has Josh Gordon to throw to.
Still, this all adds up to Campbell being more of a top-16 option, not top-12. And with advancement in the playoffs on the line, Campbell may not be a risk worth taking this late in the season.
The veteran set a career record with 391 yards passing on 29 of 44 accuracy and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He recorded a 116.8 quarterback rating in easily the best performance by a Browns signal-caller this season. But, alas, his team turned a 26-14 lead with three minutes left into a 27-26 defeat through no fault of his own.
Campbell started hot and stayed that way. He completed his first six passes, then really heated up in the third quarter with a 40-yard scoring strike to tight end Gary Barnidge and 80-yard touchdown pass to sizzling wideout Josh Gordon, by which time he had hit eight different receivers. He added a 4-yard pop into the end zone to tight end Jordan Cameron that appeared to have clinched the victory.
The frustrated Browns will at least know they have a hot quarterback going for them when they host Chicago in Week 15.
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