Matt Cassel Fantasy News

Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:03am

Peter King, Twitter - [Full Article]

SI's Peter King says that the Vikings won't be taking a QB with the #8 pick in the draft: "Not a quarterback. They want a sure thing.

Fantasy Impact:

If Matt Cassel is the starter for the Vikings, he'll be a sleeper with OC Norv Turner running the offense. The Vikings have pretty good weapons in the passing game (Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph) and Cassel is capable of posting good numbers in favorable matchups.


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Report: Vikings sign Matt Cassel to a two-year deal
Friday, March 7, 2014, 11:03pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Vikings will sign QB Matt Cassel to a two-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Cordarrelle Patterson is justifiably a popular breakout candidate, but this signing is good news for Greg Jennings, who averaged 5.9-70-.57 (fantasy WR2 numbers) in seven games where Cassel played heavy snaps. Cassel will be a sleeper/QBBC type if he's the starter under new OC Norv Turner.

Matt Cassel likely to opt out and hit free agency
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 2:03pm

KSTP - [Full Article]

Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Matt Cassel has decided to void his contract for the 2014 season, a source with direct knowledge said in an email to KSTP.

Cassel has until Friday to void his contract, in which case he will become a free agent. There's still a possibility he can re-sign with the Vikings with different terms on the contract.

Fantasy Impact:

At this point, Cassel is the Vikings' best bet at QB heading into the 2014 season. We'll see if he returns on a two-year deal or perhaps a one-year deal at a higher salary. Greg Jennings averaged 5.9-70-.57 (fantasy WR2 numbers) in seven games where Cassel played heavy snaps.

Cordarrelle Patterson expected to start at split end
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 10:59am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In his first year in the NFL, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson looked like a star in the making. Granted, much of his best work came as a kick returner, but Patterson had moments when he showed he could be a dangerous threat as a receiver, too -- most notably his 79-yard screen pass against the Ravens on Dec. 8. Patterson could be the Vikings' next iteration of Percy Harvin, and will likely be the team's starting split end for years to come. Greg Jennings had an underwhelming first year in Minnesota, but that was due largely to the uncertainty the Vikings had at quarterback; once Matt Cassel took over as the starter at the end of the season, Jennings took off, catching a career-high 11 passes in the Vikings' Dec. 15 win over the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 9:38pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Vikings QB Josh Freeman was late for numerous meetings in his roughly three months with the Vikings. A third player said Freeman often was among the last players to the facility.

One of Freeman's agents, Erik Burkhardt, said "anything about meetings or missing anything is false."

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman was thrown in the fire against the Giants where he played poorly and also suffered concussion symptoms. Former HC Leslie Frazier couldn't go back once Freeman was healthy, particularly because the consensus in the locker room was Matt Cassel should have kept the job after he led the Vikings to their first win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29, three weeks before Freeman's debut. However, playing Freeman too soon was a big part of why Frazier was fired this week.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:40am

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Matt Cassel will start at quarterback in the Vikings’ season finale against the Lions on Sunday, with Christian Ponder as the backup. Josh Freeman is expected to be inactive for the ninth time in 12 games since joining the Vikings.

“I don’t know what would change that as the week goes on, but that’s the thought process as we speak,” coach Leslie Frazier said Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Cassel had his worst game this season in Sunday’s 42-14 loss at Cincinnati. He was 13 of 27 for 114 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble. Frazier will stick with Cassel, who has the option to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. As the story points out, Ponder is signed for 2014 and Freeman can become a free agent.

Aaron Rodgers ruled out vs. Steelers
Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:53pm

Jason Wilde, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is officially out.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not surprising news given the way this week has gone. Owners waiting on Rodgers will have to continue to put a band aid on the QB position. Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Jason Campbell are all decent-to-good streaming options. Even Matt Flynn and Matt Cassel are worth consideration. Check our QB rankings to see how we believe these players will perform this week.

Monday, December 9, 2013, 2:13pm

Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) is cleared to play.

Fantasy Impact:

We'll see if Ponder gets the start this week as Matt Cassel again played pretty well with Ponder out. It's a decent matchup on paper but the Eagles defense is somewhat improved despite its ranking. Whoever the starter is may have to throw a bit more with the statuses of RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart in question.

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Christian Ponder suffers concussion
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 8:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder left the team's game with the Chicago Bears with a concussion just before halftime, and his status for next week is up in the air.

Ponder took a helmet-to-helmet hit on a two-yard completion to Greg Jennings near the end of the first half, and went to the locker room without his helmet to be evaluated.

Fantasy Impact:

After Ponder left the game, Matt Cassel led a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter and eventually directed the Vikings to a 23-20 overtime win. Cassel threw for 243 yards in relief of Ponder. Josh Freeman would be the backup to Cassel if Ponder misses time. But it's a tough matchup at Baltimore in Week 14.

Sunday, November 17, 2013, 8:58pm

Chris Tomasson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings WR Greg Jennings had expected to play today but left Achilles still sore “It didn’t heal as well as we thought,’’ said Jennings who woke up sore.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings is expected to play next week. After QB Christian Ponder was benched in favor of Matt Cassel, we'll have to wait and see who will be throwing him the ball in Week 12.

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:43am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

On Vikings QB Christian Ponder: Sources tell me his left shoulder dislocation is considered minor. Very possible he starts Week 11.

Fantasy Impact:

Rapoport said we should know by Wednesday of next week. Ponder played pretty well against the Redskins on Thursday and is showing signs of improving but is still too inconsistent for lineups outside of a low-end QB2. It seems the team wants go back to him despite Matt Cassel looking good in his limited work and trading for Josh Freeman.

Christian Ponder has a dislocated shoulder
Friday, November 8, 2013, 2:23am

Chips Coggins, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings HC Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder has dislocated left shoulder. Not sure when he'll return.

Fantasy Impact:

It was Matt Cassel -- not Josh Freeman -- who relieved Ponder. He went 4-for-6 for 47 yards and generally looked sharp as he managed the Vikings' lead.