Even if active, Cassel, Favre should be benched

Chiefs coach Todd Haley said that Matt Cassel, who had an appendectomy on Wednesday, missed practice on Thursday but has not yet been ruled out for Week 14.

“Some guys have had the procedure and been out for awhile, some guys have come back quickly,” Haley said. “We have to wait. I really don’t have anything to give.”

Cassel has been one of the hotter quarterbacks in fantasy football in recent weeks, but coming off this procedure — coupled with a tough matchup against the Chargers — makes him a major risk even if he is active.

The bigger concern for fantasy owners is how Cassel’s potential absence would hurt the value of Dwayne Bowe, who is currently the highest-scoring wide receiver in fantasy football. Obviously, he’ll lose some of his appeal with backup quarterback Brodie Croyle under center. But unless you’re deep at wideout, Bowe is still a tough player to bench.

In Minnesota, Brett Favre was held out of practice due to his bum shoulder. Whether he returns in time to face the Giants on Sunday remains to be seen, but he shouldn’t be starting in the fantasy postseason regardless.

His teammate, Percy Harvin, was also held out of drills as he continues to deal with the effects of migraine headaches. Like Favre, he could be a game-time decision. But unlike the old gunslinger, Harvin should be active in fantasy leagues if he is able to suit up.

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