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2 months ago

The Vikings have placed QB Matt Cassel (foot) on IR, ending his 2014 season.  That locks in QB Teddy Bridgewater as the starter the rest of the way.  The rookie turned in a solid performance in New Orleans last weekend, completing 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs.  He added 27 more yards on 6 carries.  Minnesota figures to stick with a conservative game plan the rest of the way.  That, plus the loss of TE Kyle Rudolph for about 6 weeks, hurts Bridgewater's fantasy upside.  But this is an NFL-ready QB with some rushing upside.  He's on the QB2 radar.

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Vikings HC Mike Zimmer announced after Sunday's loss to the Saints that QB Matt Cassel fractured "several" bones in his foot.  That figures to know him out for a significant length of time and opens the door for QB Teddy Bridgewater.  The rookie completed 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards in his NFL debut, adding 27 more yards on 6 carries.  Bridgewater is worth grabbing in all 2-QB leagues and deeper 1-QB setups.  His next 3 games are against the Falcons, Packers and Lions.

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel suffered a left foot injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints.  He's currently being evaluated by trainers, while QB Teddy Bridgewater warms up.  We'll update Cassel's status when we learn more.

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HC Mike Zimmer didn't downplay the Week 2 struggles of Vikings QB Matt Cassel after the loss to the Patriots.  But he's also not replacing the starter yet.  “I’m going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard, and I also said I wasn’t going to have a quick hook,” Zimmer said, per the Pioneer Press. “Matt needs to play better. It’s pretty obvious he needs to play better. We all need to play better. I need to coach better.”  Cassel may be relatively safe for now, but similar struggles going forward will only make switching to the rookie an easier decision.  We expect Teddy Bridgewater to start games for the Vikings at some point this season.  We'll see how soon that comes.

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According to NFL insider Jay Glazer, Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start Week 1 at St. Louis. Teddy Bridgewater is the future in Minnesota, but Cassel was the favorite to start on opening day all along and didn’t do anything to lose the gig. Through 3 preseason games, the veteran has completed 26-of-39 attempts (66.7%) for 367 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. While Cassel’s off-limits in fantasy drafts, he’ll be a viable streaming option in the right matchup. Bridgewater remains a strong candidate to start games in 2014.

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The Vikings don't need to make an official announcement.  It's pretty clear that QB Matt Cassel will open the season as the starter.  He played significantly more than Teddy Bridgewater in Saturday night's 3rd preseason game, attempting 17 throws to Bridgewater's 7.  Cassel completed 9 of those for 153 yards and a TD, a 53-yard connection with WR Cordarrelle Patterson.  We'd still bet on Minnesota switching to Bridgewater at some point this season for the sake of the team's future.  But Cassel could be a sneaky weekly option until that happens, given the talent around him on offense and OC Norv Turner's long history of offensive success in the NFL.

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the team's 3rd preseason game.  That's the regular-season dress rehearsal, making Cassel a near lock to be under center for Week 1.  Rookie Teddy Bridgewater turned in a brilliant performance this past weekend, but Cassel has done nothing to lose the starting job.  He's completed 77% of his passes with 1 TD and 0 INTs.  We're not betting on Cassel hanging on to the starting job all year, but he could be a streaming option early in the season.  After a tough Week 1 matchup against the Rams, he'll play in 5 straight potential shootouts (vs. NE, at NO, vs. ATL, at GB, vs. DET).

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel played well Saturday night against the Cardinals, completing 12 of his 16 passes for 153 yards.  This comes after ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Cassel's leading the starter competition.  The veteran appears on track to take the job over Teddy Bridgewater at least to start the season.  That doesn't make Cassel too attractive an option in your fantasy football draft, but he's a viable QB-streaming candidate.  Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Kyle Rudolph and Adrian Peterson give Cassel plenty of talent to work with.

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Vikings QB Matt Cassel is the front-runner in the starting competition, having outplayed rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater to this point.  Cassel had already been named as the starter for the 2nd exhibition, and it shouldn't shock anyone if he opens the year as the starter.  Cassel -- given his large experience edge -- would likely help the fantasy outlooks of Vikings WRs Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings.  He should be especially good for Jennings after the 2 developed a quick rapport on and off the field last season.

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the team's 2nd preseason game on Saturday.  The veteran started the opener, completing 5 of 6 passes for 62 yards on his only possession.  Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater was shakier, going 6 of 13 for 49 yards.  Cassel is clearly the favorite to be under center for the regular season opener.  We'll see if he can hang on to that lead over the next few weeks.  Neither Cassel nor Bridgewater is a recommended QB2 for your fantasy squad.

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel "likely tightened his grip on the starting gig" in Friday night's preseason opener against the Raiders, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Cassel completed 5 of 6 throws for 62 yards in leading the offense to a TD on his only drive of the game.  HC Mike Zimmer said afterward: "I thought he did a great job. He made a couple of big throws, I believe, on third down. He played like a veteran. He had control in the huddle."  Rookie Teddy Bridgewater, meanwhile, went just 6-of-13 passing and took a couple of sacks he probably shouldn't have, including 1 in the red zone that forced a fumble.  (LT Matt Kalil recovered.)  “There were a couple of times in the game where he didn’t act like a veteran,” Zimmer conceded.  If the preseason continues as it did Friday night, Cassel should certainly head into the regular season as the starter.  Neither looks particularly draft-worthy in average fantasy football setups, but keep Cassel in mind as an in-season QB-streaming option.

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Vikings HC Mike Zimmer "insisted" Tuesday that the QB competition remains wide open.  Zimmer said he doesn't want to rush into a decision, but rather make sure that the coaches choose the right guy.  The Star-Tribune reports, meanwhile, that Matt Cassel clearly leads the way in total reps.  No one actually believes that Christian Ponder will make it a 3-way fight, but we'll be watching to see whether Teddy Bridgewater can demand more reps and a serious shot at Week 1 starter duty.  Of course, whoever emerges as the Vikings starter will carry little fantasy football appeal.  But the choice could impact our WR rankings.

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The Vikings are widely expected to take a QB at some point in next month's draft.  But GM Rick Spielman would prefer to have that QB spend 2014 learning from the sidelines.  “Ideally, if we did pick a quarterback this year we would want to redshirt him anyway, and when he’d be ready to go, he’d play," Spielman said.  "But he’d probably use this year as a learning year."  That'd leave QB Matt Cassel as Minnesota's Week 1 starter.  He was serviceable last year, completing 60.2% of his passes with 11 TDs and 9 INTs.  The Vikings went 3-3 in Cassel's starts.  He'd be just a low-end QB2 in fantasy football drafts, but Cassel under center would be good news for WR Greg Jennings.  In Cassel's 6 starts last year, Jennings racked up 34 catches, 413 yards and 3 TDs.

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel signed a 2-year contract Friday that CBS' Jason La Canfora reports is worth $10 million.  That keeps Cassel from hitting the open market where many expected the Texans to show strong interest.  Cassel's raise in pay also positions him as Minnesota's likely starter for the 2014 opener.  We'll see if/when the team adds a rookie signal-caller.  The move also likely kills any chance of Michael Vick coming to town.  Cassel has proved that he won't help your fantasy team and certainly won't boost anyone else's fantasy value in Minnesota (other than those of visiting defenses).  But he could prove serviceable enough to support decent fantasy value for Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.  Cassel enjoyed a particularly strong connection with Jennings -- both on and off the field -- which could turn the veteran wideout into a 2014 fantasy football sleeper.

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