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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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Vikings QB Matt Cassel has reportedly decided to opt out of the final year of his contract.  He evidently believes he can earn more than the $3.7 million he was set to make in 2014.  Cassel showed well this past season, completing 60.2% of his passes with 11 TDs and 9 INTs in 9 appearances.  And he'll be joining a weak free-agent QB class headlined by Michael Vick, Josh McCown and Josh Freeman.  Still, the best Cassel can hope for is a shot to compete for a starting job.  That might come back in Minnesota.

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7 months ago

Vikings HC Leslie Frazier confirmed that QB Matt Cassel will remain the starter for Week 16.  Cassel has helped Minnesota win 2 of its last 3 games, racking up 890 yards with 5 TDs and 2 INTs over that span.  He's still just a QB2 for Sunday's game against the Bengals, but Cassel has helped push Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson into WR3 territory.

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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.

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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.

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9 months ago

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.

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