Fantasy football drafts are starting to pop up on everyone’s schedule, so it’s time to start paying attention to who is saying what. We will have our own fantasy previews in the coming weeks, but today Eric Karabell at ESPN.com is taking a look at impact fantasy players with new teams. Leading the way is the Chiefs new starting quarterback.
Matt Cassel, Chiefs: Well, we have to give him credit for the outstanding season he delivered in New England in relief of Tom Brady, but can he replicate those numbers in a new place? Remember, Cassel was a career backup in every sense of the word, and not just in the NFL. The Chiefs have quite a few question marks on offense and Cassel might be one of them. The team says he’ll compete with Tyler Thigpen to start, but this has to be Cassel’s job. They are paying him more than $14 million, after all, but don’t call him a definite starting quarterback in your league, no matter the price.
If Karabell had been following the Chiefs closely he would know that Cassel is the starting quarterback, as the Chiefs players have all acknowledged he is the starter. Cassel is, however, most definitely a question mark going into the season. I don’t think anyone is expecting Cassel to put up the same numbers as last season, but if the Chiefs offense is going to be at all successful he’ll have to at least post respectable stats. How will that translate to the world of fantasy?
Last year Tyler Thigpen threw for just over 2,600 yards in 14 games, lets say over 16 games that would be 3,000 and 19th in the NFL. Cassel went off for just under 3,700 yards while playing in all 16 games good for 8th in the league. Right now I would guess Cassel comes in right in the middle at 3,250 this season, which would have been good for 16th best. Are those numbers you want to build your fantasy team around? No, but he is the perfect no. 2 option in any league. Just make sure you don’t wear your Red & Gold colored classes and reach on draft day. I would say anything after the 8th round is a good place to take Cassel.