A Look At The Fantasy Fallout Of Matt Cassel’s Injury

According to Kent Babb (via Twitter):

“Haley says Cassel has ‘significant’ hand injury that could end his season. Not sure in that yet.”

If this indeed the end of Cassel’s 2011 campaign he finishes going 160-269 for 1,713 yards, 10 TD and 9 INT.

The Professor’s Thoughts:
Prior to Week 10 Cassel had thrown for 250 yards or more in four of his previous five games and seemed to be finding his stride with Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston.  Unfortunately, none of that matters now.

Tyler Palko will get the first crack at starting for the Chiefs, with 2011 fifth round draft choice Ricky Stanzi waiting for him to falter.  Unfortunately it is hard to imagine Palko excelling.  Since going undrafted in 2007 Palko has been a part of six organizations (and not all of them were NFL teams):

  • New Orleans Saints
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • California Redwoods (UFL)
  • Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Kansas City Chiefs

We have all heard the rags to riches stories in the past, but is anyone actually banking on Palko succeeding?  You have to think that Kansas City is going to focus even more on the run, meaning Jackie Battle’s value just went up a little bit (currently averaging 4.6 yards per carry).  Consider him a viable RB2 in all formats.

While Dwayne Bowe’s value does diminish a little, it’s hard to knock him down too far (all you have to do is look at the John Skelton/Larry Fitzgerald combination for proof).  However, the player who may benefit the most from the change is Jonathan Baldwin.  Remember, Bowe & Breaston have been working with the first team offense meaning it may take time for them to develop a rapport with the new QB.  As the third receiver, Baldwin has likely practiced more with Palko and could flourish quickly. 
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Baldwin emerge as Palko’s go to receiver, making him worth stashing in deeper formats if you are in need of a WR.

As I already said, though, Palko likely figures to only hold value in two quarterback formats.  For those who miss out on him and are in desperate need of help, stashing Stanzi would likely be prudent.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 11 articles:

Was Week 10 The Turning Point For Roy Helu & The Redskins Backfield?
Is Kendall Hunter Worth Targeting On The Waiver Wire For Week 11?

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