Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | QB
2012 Experience: 8th season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: It wasn’t a preatty season for Matt Cassel in 2011, but then again, what do you expect without a great running game? Cassel benefited greatly from the Chiefs elite ground attack in 2010, and fortunately for the veteran; it appears they may have an even better ground attack in 2012.
Jamaal Charles is back from his ACL tear and with Peyton Hillis reuniting with his former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, this attack should be one of the better combos in the game. For good measure, the Chiefs also added Cyrus Gray in the late rounds of the draft, which I believe is a steal and a legit option to use, if either Hillis or Charles goes down.
Additions on the offensive line should provide a little more time in the pocket, and he certainly has plenty of weapons to move the football down the field.
Still, Cassel isn’t worth considering as a top twenty fantasy quarterback at this time, because s the Chiefs will be so run heavy, and it’s hard to trust Cassel as a viable option, even in deep leagues. While Cassel has no serious competition he may only have a few years left as a starter in this league.
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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Matt Cassel here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
At first glance I was enthused about Matt Cassel’s additions in the passing game this off-season as the team selected a first-round pick in Jonathan Baldwin and then signed Steve Breaston in free agency. With Dwayne Bowe, Devin McCluster, Tony Moeaki and Jamaal Charles to round out the group, this looks like a situation where Cassel could up his 2010 numbers.
Not so fast as Moeaki is coming off knee surgery and then Baldwin was struggling badly in camp, before he got into a brawl with Thomas Jones and broke his thumb. Baldwin has a history of being a trouble maker, which made his selection curious from task master Head Coach Todd Haley.
Then you look at Breaston and while he will help this team, he’s not a threat inside the red zone and clearly, no possession receiver. Cassel has reportedly had ups and downs in camp with his new receivers, and only Dwayne Bowe has had sound chemistry with the veteran quarterback. While Cassel still makes for a reasonable backup quarterback in fantasy leagues, he’s clearly not going to be an option to draft as a starter, even in 14 team leagues.
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The Kansas City Chiefs stuck behind Matt Cassel last offseason and it paid off as the veteran played great and the team won the AFC Western Division. Cassel was helped by a bounce back season from Dwayne Bowe but his success goes a little deeper than that as he threw 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.
On draft day, the Chiefs gave Cassel another weapon in first round pick wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin from Pittsburgh. While I’m not a fan of Baldwin’s attitude, he clearly has great physical tools and can help this team when motivated. My main concern for Cassel to continue his success lays at the feet of Mr. Bowe as he has a past history of off the field problems but last season he was focused to play at the top of his game.
Thankfully, no bad news has come out about Bowe this offseason (knock on wood) and if he comes into camp in shape, I will like Cassel’s odds of being a respectable backup quarterback for fantasy football. Just remember that Cassel has a history for being a slow starter who comes on strong as we head deep into October. This was the case in his breakout year with the Patriots, and he was the same with the Chiefs in 2010.
The addition of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis should help Matt Cassel, but he still needs a solid No.2 receiver and a tight end. Hopefully, the Chiefs find him some upgrades in talent.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Matt Cassel was traded off to the Chiefs last offseason and was given the starting job upon his arrival. Unfortunately the one talented player Cassel had to work with was Dwayne Bowe and he let him down.
Thankfully, the team did sign Chris Chambers off the waiver wire, and he gave them some good games throughout the season.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: This offseason the Chiefs did a good job in retaining Chambers with a new contract and also gave Cassel another receiving weapon in second round pick Dexter McCluster. Bowe and Chambers should be the teams starting receivers as McCluster will play more in the slot.
Look for Cassel to make a run at close to 3,500 yards passing and move back over the twenty touchdown mark in his second season as the Chiefs starting quarterback.
– Improving Talent
– Average Ability
– Probably A Run First Offense
– Not Enough Stats To Be A Draft Selection