Matt Cassel’s Fantasy Potential

It was literally a tale of two seasons for QB Matt Cassel between 2008 with the Patriots and 2009 with the Chiefs.  The folks at KFFL are already looking towards the 2010 fantasy football season and were asked which Cassel we should expect to see.

Somewhere in between is more likely, as I could see him easily throwing for 3,200 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 picks.  The Kansas City Chiefs are still rebuilding and he does not have a lot of weapons to rely on to begin with.

Keep in mind when he threw for 3,693 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 picks he was a member of the New England Patriots and was playing catch with the likes of Randy Moss and Wes Welker.  You won’t find talent like either of those on the Chiefs’ roster.

Bringing in Thomas Jones will also lead to the Chiefs relying more on the tandem of Jones and Jamaal Charles in 2010, taking some of the opportunities away from Cassel and the passing game.   He’s an average No. 2 fantasy football option this year, but I’d prefer to take a chance on players with higher upside.

Going into last season I tried to make it clear that there was no Kansas City Chiefs player worth a No. 1 spot on a fantasy roster.  That obviously will change for 2010 with Jamaal Charles, but what about the rest of the offense?

I’m going to agree with KFFL that Cassel is still no better than a backup QB though he has a much better chance to get back towards those 2008 numbers.  On the surface, a Jones-Charles combo would look to hurt Cassel’s numbers but if you watched this team down the stretch you know that’s not the case.

It was amazing to see the difference in Cassel and the passing game as a whole after the emergence of Charles.  He never put up massive numbers, but he did have his two highest yards per attempt in the final three games of the season.  A high YPA won’t win you any fantasy matchups, but it tells the story of efficiency, something Cassel and the Chiefs offense struggled with throughout 2009.

If the Chiefs can come out of the gate running the ball like they were at the end of last season and Scott Pioli gives Todd Haley one more weapon in the passing game, Cassel will quickly put himself in the category of starting-caliber fantasy quarterbacks.

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