The Chiefs offensive production went south when Cassel was lost for the season in Week 10 due to a broken hand but Kansas City was hardly an offensive powerhouse with Cassel in the lineup. Even with the teamís most dynamic offensive player Jamaal Charles lost for the season in Week 2, former head coach Todd Haley still leaned heavily on the run game with Cassel failing to top 200 passing yards in five of his nine starts and also failing to top 300 passing yards once. With Haley gone and new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll running the show, the teamís production in the passing game isnít likely to see a huge increase. Dabollís preference is to run the ball heavily and utilize plenty of short passes. While that may play to Casselís strengths (although that is half-hearted praise given his completion percentage of 57.2% as a Chief), it isnít going to turn him into a useful option as your fantasy quarterback. Cassel rates as a lower tier QB2 in 12-team leagues.
Mariota fractures right fibula-- Mon Dec 26 6:30 pm --
Expected to need 4-5 months to recover; surgery Wednesday
Titans QB Marcus Mariota will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula on Wednesday in Charlotte and miss four to five months, HC Mike Mularkey said Monday. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure, which entails placing a plate on the bone to provide stability. The Titans hope he returns in time for OTAs.(The Tennessean)
FF Today's Take:Mariota played like a top-five quarterback for most of October and November against the Titans' rather lackluster schedule for most of that time, but he predictably struggled to get much going against Denver or Kansas City before getting hurt. Last year's No. 2 overall pick could use another dynamic receiver to realize his true potential, but Mariota should be considered a low-end QB1 heading into drafts next spring and summer. Matt Cassel will start the season finale against the Texans.
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