CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Matt Cassel isn't a top-tier fantasy quarterback, but he has value.
At this point in his career, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel doesn't exactly strike fear into opposing defenses. He's a fine game manager who led the Chiefs to the playoffs in 2010 and earned a Pro Bowl trip, but for fantasy purposes, he's a backup or a low-end starter at best.
Cassel returns from a hand injury that ended his 2011 season after only nine games, so there's inherent risk there. He will be aided by another returning skill player -- one the Chiefs and fantasy owners are thrilled to welcome back -- in star running back Jamaal Charles.
Still, Cassel helms a traditionally run-first attack, and expecting more than that 3,116 yards that he put up in 2010 is a risky proposition. He has career highs of 3,693 yards (in 2008 with the pass-happy Patriots) and 27 touchdowns (2010 with the Chiefs), so he can put up decent numbers. But expecting him to be more than a backup quarterback in fantasy
Backing up Cassel are Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, neither of whom impressed in their bid for the No. 2 job in the Chiefs' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.