Report: Gradkowski to start for Raiders

Posted Nov. 27, 2010 @ 3:15 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Raiders' QB shuffle continues. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday that the Raiders will start Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback over Jason Campbell for their Week 12 game against the Dolphins.

Head coach Tom Cable pulled Campbell in the third quarter of last Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Steelers, telling reporters he had seen "enough." But Cable maintained that Campbell would remain the team's starter.

Neither quarterback has been great this season, but Campbell was at the helm during the Raiders' three-game winning streak. Gradkowski started in Weeks Three, Four and Five.

The way we see it

Gradkowski must have shown Cable in this week's practice that he gives the Raiders the best chance to win. Campbell has completed just 54.7 percent of his passes and was 7-of-19 last week. Gradkowski was 13-of-24 in relief of Campbell last week and has completed just 52.8 percent of his passes. Combined, the two have thrown 11 TDs and 11 INTs. Expect the Raiders to go to the ground often on Sunday with the league's second-best rushing attack. The Dolphins boast the league's fifth-best passing defense.

Fantasy spin

Neither quarterback has the numbers worthy of starting in fantasy, especially against a good passing defense. This does increase the fantasy value of RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, who should see lots of touches on Sunday.