Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 11

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA;  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) and quarterback Christian Ponder (7)  during warmups before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 18, 2013

As the Minnesota Vikings continue to switch starting quarterbacks, the fantasy values of both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel continue to change.

The Vikings fell behind the Seattle Seahawks early in Week 11, and Ponder struggled. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 129 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before being pulled from the game. That was good enough for just three fantasy points in ESPN's standard-scoring leagues, with quarterbacks like Matt Simms and Matt Schaub scoring more points in Week 11.   


Cassel didn't do much better filling in, throwing an interception on just his second attempted pass.

With the offense falling apart, neither of these players is a reliable fantasy option at quarterback, even in deeper leagues. Ponder has struggled mightily, and despite being named the starter against Green Bay, he could easily be replaced by Cassel or Josh Freeman at any point.

The quarterback situation is a mess in Minnesota, so it's best to stay away from both of these players regardless of who starts.

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