Matt Cassel Could Remain Fantasy Monster Down the Stretch

Graeme FrisqueContributor IINovember 25, 2008

Matt Cassel has been putting up monster numbers over the last couple of weeks.  He racked up three touchdowns against the Jets in a losing effort in Week 11, and followed that up with another three passing touchdown performance, while adding a score on the ground against a much-improved Miami defense last week.

As Cassel's real world free agency value went through the roof, his fantasy value followed suit.  In leagues Cassel has posted 42 and 39 fantasy points respectively over the last two weeks. 

Cassel has grown into a more than decent NFL starting quarterback at an astonishing pace, his growing maturity and poise more apparent with each passing week.  Cassel has now proven that he can put up monster numbers when attacking weaker secondaries.

Aside from Week 13 at Pittsburgh, looking at New England's matchups down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs, Cassel has the opportunity to continue putting up very good fantasy numbers the rest of the way.  In Week 14 the Patriots face Seattle's 31st ranked pass defense. 

In Week 15, the first round of the playoffs in most fantasy leagues, the Patriots play the Oakland Raiders, who, although ranked 10th against the pass this season, will have a tough time matching up against the Pats' spread offence and depth at the wideout position. This is especially the case after the release of Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall a couple of weeks back.

In Week 16 the Patriots square off against a very mediocre Arizona pass defense that is giving up 212 yards a game.  They close out the season against an equally mediocre Buffalo Bills secondary. 

Looking at the Patriots' remaining schedule, Matt Cassel looks like a good fantasy bet down the stretch.  It doesn't hurt that the Patriots' running game at this point is inconsistent at best.

Also, Cassel's quick maturation in the passing game has allowed Josh MacDaniels to lean more and more on the spread offence that made New England so lethal in '07. The facts that Cassel can run the ball and that he and Randy Moss are really starting to get a feel for each other don't hurt either.  All of these factors only add to Cassel's fantasy value down the stretch.

I would suggest adding Matt Cassel if he's still available in your league.  After benching him Week 13 against Pittsburgh's No. 1 ranked defense, ride him the rest of the way and through the playoffs.