Matt CasselMIN -QBCassel named Week 15 starter
As expected, Vikings HC Leslie Frazier announced that Matt Cassel will start Sunday against Philadelphia. Cassel’s coming off a 265-2 line at Baltimore, but he’s far too risky to use in the fantasy playoffs. Christian Ponder (concussion) is ready to handle backup duties.
Matt CasselMIN -QBCassel says he'll start Week 14
Vikings QB Matt Cassel said he's been told he'll start Sunday's game against the Ravens. QB Christian Ponder is going through the league's concussion protocol, but it looks like the coaching staff has decided to roll with Cassel regardless. He's been the Vikings' best QB this year, completing 64% of his passes with 5 TDs and 4 INTs. Cassel shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups, but he'll nudge Greg Jennings toward WR3 status. Jennings has caught 15 passes for 202 yards and 3 TDs in 2.5 games with Cassel at the helm.
Matt CasselMIN -QBCassel will start Week 6
As expected, Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start Sunday's game against the Panthers. QB Christian Ponder has been medically cleared from his rib injury and will serve as the backup. QB Josh Freeman isn't comfortable enough in the offense yet to be an option. Cassel played well in Minnesota's last game but still can't be trusted as a fantasy option. He's an upgrade over Ponder for the Vikings' pass-catchers, though.
Matt CasselMIN -QBCassel takes 1st-team reps Wednesday
Vikings QB Christian Ponder (ribs) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice. But QB Matt Cassel took the 1st-team reps and is the favorite to start this weekend's game against the Panthers. He won't be a recommended fantasy option in any format.
Matt CasselMIN -QBCassel will start Week 4
The Vikings announced that QB Matt Cassel will start Sunday's game against the Steelers. QB Christian Ponder is dealing with a fractured rib that's "too dangerously close to his heart to risk further injury," according to HC Leslie Frazier. Ponder could have just as easily been benched for performance reasons. He's completed just 59% of his passes with 2 TDs, 5 INTs and 2 fumbles lost through 3 games. Cassel can't be much worse, although we're not expecting him to spark this passing game either. Over the last 4 years in Kansas City, he completed just 57% of his passes with 59 TDs and 57 giveaways (44 INTs, 13 fumbles). Cassel isn't even an option in 2-QB fantasy leagues.
Matt CasselMIN -QBCassel might start Week 4
ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes Vikings QB Matt Cassel might end up starting against the Steelers this weekend. Mort seems to be speculating more than reporting, but he did say that Ponder is dealing with discomfort and that Cassel looked good in Wednesday's practice. Of course, regardless of who Minnesota's QB is this week, he won't be a fantasy option.
Matt CasselMIN -QBjoins the Vikings
FOX's Jay Glazer reports that the Minnesota Vikings have reached a deal with QB Matt Cassel. The former Chiefs starter played his way out of the lineup in K.C. and then got released today. He's a big upgrade over Joe Webb, however, as Christian Ponder's backup. If Ponder struggles early the season the way he did late last year, Cassel will quicky become one of the most popular Vikings. Ideally, Cassel's presence will push Ponder to improve his game. Minnesota needs to significantly upgrade its WR corps to help ou the QBs, though.
Update: Adam Schefter reports that Cassel will compete with Ponder for the starting job. We give Ponder the edge on upside.
Matt CasselMIN -QBreleased by Chiefs
The Chiefs have finally released QB Matt Cassel. They tried hard to trade him but couldn't even get a late-round pick for a guy they gave up a 2nd-rounder for just 4 years ago. Cassel finishes his Chiefs career with a 57% completion rate, a 59:44 TD-to-INT ratio, and a19-28 record. We've heard the Bucs and Vikings are interested in his services, but he'd be brought in as a backup in either place.
Matt CasselMIN -QBwill be released
Due $7.5 million in 2013, QB Matt Cassel was never going to last in Kansas City. The Chiefs' impending trade for QB Alex Smith punches Cassel's ticket out of town. ESPN's Adam Schefter lists the Cardinals, Jets and Vikings as teams that could be interested. Arizona might be Cassel's best chance at a starting job, but he's a poor fit in HC Bruce Arians' vertical passing attack. Cassel would look better in the Jets' west coast scheme under OC Marty Mornhinweg, although we're not sure he'd even be able to beat out Mark Sanchez. We're betting against Cassel winning a starting job this summer. And he won't be a fantasy factor even if he does.
Matt CasselMIN -QBa question mark in K.C.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid told The Kansas City Star that it's "too early in the process" to say whether QB Matt Cassel will remain a Chief in 2013. Translation: Cassel's $7.5 million salary is definitely too much. But we have to figure out if a better option is available. Cassel got benched for Brady Quinn, who is heading into free agency. Quinn also proved less than stellar. K.C.'s QB situation might be the most wide open in the league. Hey, Arizona would probably be willing to trade Kevin Kolb back to Reid.
Matt CasselMIN -QBbenched at halftime
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was benched in favor of Brady Quinn at halftime of Sunday's game. Cassel finished 8 of 16 for 93 yards. Kansas City's QB situation remains hands-off in fantasy.
Matt CasselMIN -QBwill start Week 10
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel will start Monday night's game against the Steelers. QB Brady Quinn still hasn't been medically cleared to return from that concussion. Cassel obviously isn't a fantasy option, but he continues to do a better job than Quinn of getting the ball to WR Dwayne Bowe.
Matt CasselMIN -QBwill start Week 9
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel will start Thursday night's game against the Chargers. QB Brady Quinn has been ruled out with what's believed to be a concussion. Cassel has completed less than 60% of his passes this season with 6 TDs and 10 INTs. He went for a 251-2-3 line against San Diego back in Week 4. Cassel isn't a fantasy option, but his return to the starting lineup should be considered good news for WR Dwayne Bowe.
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