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Fantasy Football Info: What Ever Happened to Tyler Thigpen?

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Two years ago Tyler Thigpen was hardly thought of as a future starter at the pro level when he came out of Coastal Carolina. But to his credit he was at least drafted in 2007 (7th round) by the Vikings.

After the Vikings released Tyler, he landed on the Chiefs and won a job as the third string quarterback. By October of the 2008 season, Tyler Thigpen received an opportunity to start in the NFL.

When Thigpen received this chance, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to pick up defenses that played against the Chiefs and start them in fantasy football. I did not give Tyler any credit what so ever, because he had not proven anything at this level. He was also on a team that had been very bad in pass protection, which is why the two quarterbacks in front of him were injured.

But man was I wrong in disrespecting Tylers ability’s on a football field. By the end of the fantasy season, not only did I not start fantasy defenses against the Chiefs, but I had Tyler on my team as well.

Tyler proves his worth in 2008

Thigpen only started 11 games last season yet he still had 21 touchdowns (18 passing and 3 rushing) and 1 receiving touchdown as well. With Tyler at the helm it seemed as if tight end Tony Gonzalez played like he was 4 years younger, as he posted another 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

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What probably impressed me the most about Tyler was his ability to take an offense that was one of the worst in the league and make it competitive and at times exciting.

Thigpen also proved he could do more for fantasy owners then just pass as he accumulated 386 yards rushing on 62 carries. His ability to move around helped his poor offensive line and keep drives alive.

Even Tony Gonzalez came out and started raving about how much he liked this gutsy young quarterback.

Disappointment in the 2009 offseason

NFL: DEC 28 Patriots at Bills
Sadly this spring the Chiefs traded away their long time tight end Gonzalez to the Falcons, so that he could make a run for a title. The Chiefs also went out and made a trade for Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel.

Personally I was disappointed by both of these moves as I was hoping to see Tony finish his career with the Chiefs and I also wanted to see Tyler start again.

As it stands this season Cassel is the clear starting quarterback for the franchise and Thigpen is now the backup.

While Matt still has Dwayne Bowe as a main target, his success will take a hit by not having Tony in the offense. I also believe he will be knocked around in the back field because he’s not as nimble as Thigpen.

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Matt Cassel will get good play as a strong backup for fantasy owners in most draft books this summer. But I would stay away from this guy in 2009 for my money. For one he does not have Gonzalez on the team and I need to see him have a productive year now that he is on a new team.

It should help him that he now has an offensive minded head coach in former Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Tyler Thigpen is nothing more then a guy you might pickup on the waiver wire, if Cassel goes down with an injury. I believe Tyler is a more friendly fantasy option mainly because he plays a more uptempo style and he is a good runner.

So in the end my personal advice is to not draft Cassel and wait for that chump to go down with an injury. Matt should not be the starter in Kansas City, as Tyler is a better quarterback and fits Haleys offense better.

Go Tyler Thigpen!!!

NFL: DEC 21 Dolphins at Chiefs

Written By- Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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