Matt Cassel Injury: Top Fantasy Replacements for Chiefs QB

Jeff BellCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes the football against the San Diego Chargers during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel unlikely to play this week (according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star), you may find yourself scrambling to add another QB to your fantasy roster.

If Matt Cassel was your main option at the position, your season might already be in big trouble, regardless of who you decide to pick up. But say he was your backup, and your starter has a bye week upcoming. In that case, you have three solid players to choose from, and odds are that at least one of them is available in your league.

1. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals

Kolb is a talented quarterback that joined the Cardinals in hopes of becoming a long-term solution. Things haven't worked out so far, but Kolb is improving each week and has his team off to a 4-1 start.

After entering the game for a banged-up John Skelton in Week 1 and leading his team to a victory, Kolb has strung together several solid performances. He may not light up the scoreboard, but he's only thrown two interceptions compared with seven touchdowns.

He also has a pretty good receiver named Larry Fitzgerald. You might have heard his name before.

Kolb is owned in just over 16 percent of ESPN's fantasy leagues, so there's a good chance that he's available in yours.

While probably not a long-term solution, Kolb will make good decisions with the football and occasionally give you two or three touchdown passes. The Cardinals also face the Buffalo Bills next week, who are coming off a game in which they allowed over 600 total yards to the San Francisco 49ers.

If the Cassel injury has put you in a bind, Kevin Kolb may be the way to go.

2. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford has had an interesting year so far. After following up a terrific rookie season with an underwhelming second season, Bradford appears to have partially righted the ship in his third year.

He may not be putting up the huge numbers fans were expecting of him, but the arm strength appears to have returned. His QB rating is a modest 78.6; but he out-dueled rookie Robert Griffin III in a September game that saw Bradford throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Clearly the potential is still there, though the loss of Danny Amendola in the immediate future won't help the passing attack.

Bradford is owned in 47 percent of ESPN leagues and he'll probably give you 12 to 15 points each week.

But before you pass on the Rams' quarterback, consider this: his next game will be against the Miami Dolphins who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

For a quick to fix to your fantasy woes, Bradford is a solid option.

3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Before you read on about the rookie sensation, check to make sure he's available in one of your leagues. He's owned in nearly three-quarters of ESPN fantasy leagues. If you are one of the lucky ones with the option of picking up Mr. Luck, I suggest doing so right away.

First, Luck is a rookie. He's starting on a team that was terrible last season and performing admirably. Remember, Peyton Manning only won three games in his first year.

Luck threw three interceptions in his opening game against the Chicago Bears, but has only tossed two since. He is also coming off a comeback win over the Green Bay Packers in which he threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns.

If that isn't enough to convince you, consider that his next two opponents are the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, two teams with major issues at this point in the season.

Luck also has the benefit of a veteran wide receiver in Reggie Wayne, who is coming off a 200-yard performance.

If this still doesn't add up, I don't know what else to tell you. But for those of you fortunate enough to have the option of grabbing Luck, now might be your best chance. He probably won't be available much longer.