Week 9 - Cassel returned to game action in week 8, replacing Brady Quinn. Cassel ended up going 20-30 for 218 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He remains a low QB2 in all formats.
Week 6 - Matt Cassel sustained a concussion in week 5, and doesn’t look like he will be starting Sunday for the Chiefs. Brady Quinn will likely draw the start, and neither one is a fantasy option at TB for this matchup.
Week 5 - In one of those weird real life vs. fantasy football comparisons, Matt Cassel has been pretty solid as a fantasy QB averaging 15 points per week, but rumors are starting to come out of Chiefs camp of a change in the wind. If Cassel does get benched it will likely be in favor of Brady Quinn, but for now fantasy owners need to keep Cassel has a QB2 on their rosters. The Chiefs play from behind often enough that Cassel should continue to throw the ball 30+ times a game.
Week 4 - After 3 weeks, Cassel is averaging a very respectable 15 fantasy points per game, and while he isn’t an elite QB by any stretch of the imagination, he is a solid QB2 in all formats heading into a week 4 showdown with the San Diego Chargers.
Week 3 - Matt Cassel was so bad in week 2, he was really really good. From an NFL perspective, Cassel stunk up the joint as he and the Chiefs went into an early hole without scoring a point in the first half. Then down mutliple scores they started airing the ball out in the second half, and we could see an eerily similar game against the Saints in week 3. It is no secret the Saints are a superior team, and a team currently sitting at 0-2 who will be looking to decimate the competition. If you play in a 2 QB league, start Cassel with confidence as he should be passing quite a bit in this game, but in 1 QB formats chances are you have a better option.
Week 2 - Another surprisingly effective QB from week 1 was Matt Cassel, who moved the Chiefs up and down the field at will in the first half against the Falcons, if the second half had gone the same way, he would have easily been a top 10 QB from a week ago. Sadly, Cassel showed why he isn’t ready to make the leap as he threw 2 INT’s in the second half. Still, he gets a shot at redemption facing a Buffalo Bills defense that allowed the lowly Mark Sanchez to post 21.64 fantasy points, and Cassel should be a solid sleeper QB2 for leagues that use two quarterbacks.
Week 1 – Matt Cassel and the Chiefs will start off 2012 against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons return the 20th passing defense from a season ago, and with their new uptempo game, chances are their defense will fall to the bottom 10 in the league this season. With that said, Cassel is far from an elite option, and even in 2 QB formats he is a questionable play when not on a bye week. Our recommendation is to bench Cassel no matter the format until you have to use him thanks to injury/bye.
Matt Cassel is firmly entrenched as the Chiefs starter for 2012, with Brady Quinn serving as his backup he should have no problem holding on to the job as long as he remains healthy. Cassel received a vote of confidence from his GM and offensive coordinator over the offseason, and coming off a season where he managed just 9 games he will be looking to prove himself as a reliable starting QB in the NFL. At best Matt should be targeted as a QB2 for your fantasy football team in 2012.
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